Chinese Pickled Cabbage (Szechuan style)

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READY IN: 120hrs
YIELD: 8 cups
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Cut the cabbage in pieces roughly 1" X 1 1/2" and separate the leaves.
  • (There should be about 8 C).
  • Using a 1 to 1 1/2 quart wide-mouth jar, dissolve the salt in the hot water; add the cold water, Szechuan peppercorns and chilies and mix well.
  • When cool, add the gin and cabbage.
  • Cover and refrigerate 4- 5 days.
  • Remove the cabbage from the liquid and serve cold.
  • The brine can be used over and over again (keep it refrigerated, of course).
  • Add 2 t more salt every time you use it.
  • After the first use it only takes about 2- 3 days for the cabbage to pickle.
  • You'll need to add more chilies and another tablespoon gin after using the brine twice.
  • Other vegetables can be used as well as cabbage.
  • Try it with nappa, green beans, lo bok (dai kon in Japanese) or carrots.
  • The vegetables can be combined.
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