Asian Ginger Garlic Pickled Cucumbers…..

Are you a pickle person? I am not a huge fan, myself. But I do like the Japanese pickled vegetables I grew up on.  Japanese pickles are usually not vinegar based. I am not a huge fan of vinegar pickled veggies.  However,  I do have a recipe I have used for years, that everyone always requested. I kinda forgot about it  until recently. It does have rice vinegar, but they are delicious. You can’t stop eating them…they are so good. They are great on a sandwich, good served with fish, in a salad or just a great snack. My original recipe doesn’t have garlic. But I decided to throw in some garlic this time and I think I like them better this way. Lets make pickles.

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Asian Ginger Garlic Pickled Cucumbers

4-5 pickling cucumbers (also known as Persian cucumbers, Japanese cucumbers) they are approx. 4-5″ long, skinny, dark green skins
you can also use a Hot house or English cucumber. You don’t want to use a regular salad cucumber. It will get all mushy and who wants a soggy pickle!

1  1/2 tblsp grated fresh ginger
1  1/4 cup of water
3/4 cup of rice vinegar
1  tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
4 cloves of garlic, cut in half
1 tsp of crushed red pepper flakes (or more)

In a small saucepan, heat the water to boiling. Remove from heat and add the rice vinegar, sugar and salt. Set aside. Slice the cucumbers into thin slices. Throw them into a good size jar with the garlic halves, crushed red pepper  and the ginger. Pour the vinegar/water mixture over the cucumber mixture. Put the lid on and give it a good shake. Chill for at least an hour, but if you can wait, 2 hours is better. 4 hours is even better!

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