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Asian-Style Carrot and Daikon Pickles

Hands-on time 30 mins
Yield Makes: 3 (1-pt.) jars for the shelf

Ingredients

  • 1 pound large carrots
  • 1 pound daikon radishes
  • 2 cups white vinegar (5% acidity)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup canning-and-pickling salt
  • 1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 4 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 4 to 8 small dried red chiles (such as bird’s beak peppers or pequin chiles)

How to Make It

  1. Sterilize jars, and prepare lids.

  2. While jars are boiling, peel carrots and radishes, and cut into 1/8-inch thick julienne strips using a mandoline or knife.

  3. Bring 2 cups water, vinegar, sugar, salt, ginger, and garlic to a boil in a 6-qt. stainless steel or enameled Dutch oven.

  4. Place 1 Tbsp. coriander seeds, 1 to 2 chiles, 2 garlic cloves, and one fourth of the ginger slices in each hot jar. Pack carrots and radishes tightly in jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Cover vegetables with hot pickling liquid, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Seal and process jars, processing 5 minutes.

  5. Remove jars from water, and let stand, undisturbed, at room temperature 24 hours. To check seals, remove the bands, and press down on the center of each lid. If the lid doesn’t move, the jar is sealed. If the lid depresses and pops up again, the jar is not sealed. Store properly sealed jars in a cool, dark place up to 1 year. Refrigerate after opening.

Cook's Notes

Large carrots (easier to julienne with a mandoline) work best for this recipe. Use two chiles per jar if you prefer spicier pickles.

Total time: 30 min., plus 3 weeks standing time

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