Category Archives: Pickles

Karl’s Japanese Orange Cucumber Pickles

I made sukiyaki this Sunday for the family dinner. The final simmer takes place on the table and I decided that I should have some pickles on the table for my diners to snack on while they waited for the dish to finish cooking. I made some salt cabbage (kyabetsu shio-zuke; キャベツ塩-漬け ) and some cucumber pickles.

Karl’s Japanese Orange Cucumber Pickles

Karl’s Japanese Orange Cucumber Pickles

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Karl’s Salt Pickled Cabbage with Pickled Ginger and Japanese Chili, Kyabetsu Shio-zuke Tsukemono

Japan has many tsukemono, literally “pickled things.” When my father came back from Japan in the Fifties, he introduced my family to Japanese cuisine. One dish that he learned to make was salt pickled cabbage (kyabetsu shio-zuke; キャベツ塩-漬け ).

Karl’s Salt Pickled Cabbage with Pickled Ginger and Japanese Chili, Kyabetsu Shio-zuke Tsukemono

Karl’s Salt Pickled Cabbage
with Pickled Ginger and Japanese Chili
Kyabetsu Shio-zuke Tsukemono

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Karl’s Bread and Butter Pickles

As some of my readers may have guessed, I really like pickles. Most of my pickles are quick recipes, ready in a day or two—I am an impatient and hungry kind of guy. For this batch, I waited all of four weeks, but they were worth the wait.

Karl’s Bread and Butter Pickles

Karl’s Bread and Butter Pickles

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Karl’s Quick Spicy Cabbage (Kimchi)

I am making a salmon teriyaki with ponzu sauce and I like to have a variety of pickled side dishes with any Japanese style meal.  One of the dishes I made used the ponzu sauce and another I made with just the yuzu skin (the citrus part of the ponzu sauce). I wanted some contrast between my side dishes, so I decided to make a quick spicy kimchi. Real kimchi  should be fermented for days or even weeks, but I wanted some of the flavor with none of the waiting.

Karl’s Quick Spicy Cabbage (Kimchi)

Karl’s Quick Spicy Cabbage (Kimchi)

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Karl’s Yuzu Japanese Cucumber Pickles

A while ago, I posted some lemon Japanese cucumber pickles that I had adapted from Just one Cookbook. She pickled the cucumbers whole and I found them just a bit lacking in lemon flavor. recently, one of Jan’s friends (Jennifer Anderson) gave her three yuzu. Yuzu’s flavor is describes as a cross between a grapefruit and a mandarin orange.

Karl’s Yuzu Japanese Cucumber Pickles

Karl’s Yuzu Japanese Cucumber Pickles

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Karl’s Sichuan Pickle Salad

This is Eilene’s birthday week, so she got to choose Sunday’s dinner. She wanted spicy chicken and pan fried noodles. While this is a meal in itself, I thought that a cold, vegetable salad would be a nice addition to the meal.

Karl’s Sichuan Pickle Salad

Karl’s Sichuan Pickle Salad

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Karl’s Cal Col Roja en Escabeche II (Pickled Red Cabbage)

I am making pork chili verde for Sunday dinner. Several of the recipes that I looked at toped their dishes off with some red salsa. I decided to provide some Cal col roja en escabeche, pickled red cabbage, for my diners to put on top of their pork, if they wished. I did not want to make a mound of pickles, just enough for an accent to the green sauce.

Karl’s Cal Col Roja en Escabeche II (Pickled Red Cabbage)

Karl’s Cal Col Roja en Escabeche II
Pickled Red Cabbage

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Karl’s Celtuce Pickles

I bought some lettuce stem for a Chinese stir-fry that I ended up not making. This is a vegetable that I learned to cook while I was in Chengdu. I have always called and thought about it as lettuce stem, but its proper name is celtuce (or wōsŭn; 莴笋 ; asparagus lettuce).

Karl’s Celtuce Pickles

Karl’s Celtuce Pickles

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Karl’s Carrot and Daikon pickle II Namasu 紅白なます

I love Japanese pickled vegetables and I frequently get the urge to make them. The day before my Sunday dinner I started to make a bunch. Sometimes the side dishes leads you to the main dish, rather than the other way around. Today, pickles, fresh tofu and rice balls led to teriyaki chicken skewers.

Karl’s Carrot and Daikon pickle II Namasu 紅白なます

Karl’s Carrot and Daikon pickle II
Namasu 紅白なます

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Karl’s Garlic Dill Pickles

With the kid’s on the Adkins Diet, I decided to make some sugar free dill pickles. A bit of this, a touch of that. A week in the fridge and voilà dill pickles.

Karl’s Garlic Dill Pickles

Karl’s Garlic Dill Pickles

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