Brine pickles

Yield: 1 Servings

Measure Ingredient
2 tablespoons Salt
1 tablespoon Szechwan peppercorns
2 Small dried red chili peppers
½ cup Boiling water
3½ cup Cold water
4 Slices fresh ginger
1 tablespoon Dry sherry
4 cups Total of the following in bite-size pieces:
Broccoli stems
Napa cabbage
Celery
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Daikon
Green string beans
Red bell peppers

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. Put the vegetables of your choice into a Chinese pickling jar or 2-quart glass jar. 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. Allow the pickles to sit, unrefrigerated, 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, Avon, c 1989.

Typed by Terri St.Louis-Woltmon O:).

Makes: 1 qt

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