An ancient recipe that has laid down the foundations of thousands more, this wonderful brine pickle includes many unique flavors.

Brine Pickles
Recipe type: Pickles
Serves: 1 Quart
  • 2 Tablespoons salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Szechwan peppercorns
  • 2 small dried red chili peppers
  • 1/2 Cup boiling water
  • 3 1/2 Cups cold water
  • 4 slices fresh ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon dry sherry
  • 4 Cups total of the following in bite-sized pieces:
  • broccoli stems
  • Napa cabbage
  • celery
  • cabbage
  • carrots
  • cauliflower
  • daikon
  • green string beans
  • red bell peppers
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the salt, peppercorns, chile peppers and boiling water, and stir until the salt dissolves. Stir in the cold water, fresh ginger, and vodka or sherry.
  2. Put the vegetables of your choice into a Chinese pickling jar or 2-quart glass jar.
  3. If using a Chinese pickling jar, seal with water according to the instructions. If using a regular glass jar, simply cover with plastic wrap. Do not wrap tightly as gas must escape.
  4. Allow the pickles to sit, un-refrigerated, for 24 hours and serve. The pickles will keep for several days if sealed and in the refrigerator.
From The Frugal Gourmet Cooks Three Ancient Cuisines, Jeff Smith.

Makes: 1 Quart

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