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Asian Refrigerator Pickles

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Servings: Makes 5 1/2 cups.

Pickling is back in vogue but with global flavor influences. The classic pickling spice blend marries with the mellow acidity of Asian rice vinegar to make a quick-pickling brine for vegetables.

Ingredients

  1 seedless or English cucumber, thinly sliced (about 2 cups)

  1 medium red bell pepper, cut into thin strips (2 cups)

  1 cup thinly sliced radishes or daikon (Asian white radish)

  1/2 cup julienne-cut carrots

  2 Tbs McCormick® Mixed Pickling Spice

  2 cups sugar

  2 cups rice vinegar

  2 Tbs kosher salt

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Directions

Mix vegetables in large glass bowl. Set aside.

Place pickling spice in the center of piece of cheesecloth or coffee filter. Tie tightly with string. Place in medium saucepan with sugar, vinegar and salt. Bring to boil on medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar and salt. Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 minutes. Pour hot liquid and pickling spice bundle over vegetables. Cover.

Refrigerate vegetables. Stir once a day for 1 to 2 days to blend flavors. Store in tightly covered container in refrigerator up to 2 months