tsukemono

Umeboshi: Fall fruit of summer labor

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The Japanese do incredible things with fruits and vegetables.  From braising to deep frying, and drying to pickling, there are hundreds of ways to use and transform a wide variety of plants.  A particular favorite at our house are umeboshi, Japanese pickled plums (usually translated as plum, though they are actually made from a species […]

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Beaten Cucumber Pickles with Benimosu

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Benimosu no Tataki Kyuri, or Beaten Cucumber Pickles drizzled with Purple Sweet Potato Vinegar—a simple Japanese pickle that highlights the quality of the ingredients used, and a great way to work out some aggression in the kitchen.  I’ve talked about tsukemono, or Japanese pickles, before, but we’re going to touch on it again today.  We’re […]

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Miso Pickled Garlic (Ninniku Miso-zuke)—All you need is 3 ingredients and a glass jar!

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Add this recipe to ZipList! Miso Pickled Garlic (Ninniku Miso-zuke) Makes 1/2 pound 1/2 pound fresh garlic cloves 1 cup aka-miso paste (red/brown miso paste) 1/4 cup mirin 1 quart glass jar (wide mouth is easier to use)1. Separate the garlic cloves and then cut off the root ends.  Remove the outer skin, and then […]

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Kyuri Asa-zuke (Japanese Lightly Pickled Cucumbers)

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Kyuri Asa-zuke (Japanese Lightly Pickled Cucumbers) 2 – 3 Japanese cucumbers/3 – 4 mini (seedless) cucumbers (about 10.5 ounces/300 grams) 3/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt 1 1/2 inches kombu, cut into thin shreds with kitchen shears 7 tablespoon water 3 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar 1. Wash the cucumbers and pat […]

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Making Japanese Pickles the Washoku Way

I am excited to bring you this guest post by Shane Sakata who writes about Japan Travel and Culture at The Nihon Sun. Shane is on her second stint living in Japan. She loves the culture, the lifestyle and especially the food! ******************************************* Japanese pickles, or tsukemono, really aren’t pickles at all says Elizabeth Andoh, […]

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