Recipe: Japanese Cucumber Quick Pickle (Tsukemono)

July 6, 2011 § 4 Comments

Cucumbers Sliced Paper-Thin for Tsukemono

Maple Creek Farm cucumbers, sliced paper-thin for tsukemono

Despite the fact that we regularly get some of the most gorgeous cucumbers in our CSA shipment from Maple Creek Farm, this year my husband somehow decided that it was absolutely vital to buy four cucumber plants that are at this very moment growing while my back is turned in our teeny little raised garden beds in our somewhat Japanese garden. Do we really need four cucumber plants? No, most definitely not. Will we be able to use up the cucumbers on all those plants? Short of coming up with completely new ways of using the blasted things, I suspect we’ll be overrun and secretly leaving our excess via midnight forays onto our neighbors porches. Still, I’m willing to give it the old college try. In preparation, I’m testing out new quick pickle recipes, a favorite of my husband’s and his love for anything Japanese. In Japan, these little gems are called “tsukemono.” « Read the rest of this entry »

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