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Quick-Pickled Cucumbers with Rice Vinegar

Quick-Pickled Cucumbers with Rice Vinegar

[Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

These pickles go great in these Pork Belly Buns.

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Quick-Pickled Cucumbers with Rice Vinegar

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About This Recipe

Yield:Makes about 1 pint
Active time:10 minutes
Total time:20 minutes
Rated:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 4 cups thinly sliced Japanese or English cucumbers (about 3 Japanese or 1 English)

Procedures

  1. 1

    Combine vinegar, water, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from heat. Add cucumber slices and stir. Cover with a clean kitchen towel or a double layer of heavy duty paper towels, pressing down until towel is saturated with liquid and in direct contact with the cucumbers. Let rest 10 minutes, then transfer cucumbers to a sealable container. Top up with liquid and discard the rest. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

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