Makes 2 Quarts
WOW! I went shopping at an international market and got lost and found some wild characters that ended up getting married in the Perfect Pickler™. It had to be the ﬁre of chipotlé peppers that forced these strangers to wed. We are in smoky bliss.
— Recipe by B. Hettig
Jicama (HEE-cama) is a favorite staple of the Tarahumara aboriginals of Mexico. This sweet-crisp tuber stays crunchy and sweet as a pickle.
Chayote (Chay-OH-tay) is in the squash family. It is neutral tasting and stays crispy as a pickle.
Bamboo shoots are found in Asian markets. The shredded version is used in this recipe. It looks almost like noodles.
You can choose the veggies here in any mix. Plan to pickle a total of about 2 LBS.
|chayote (buy 1lb. total)||2/3 lbs.||peeled, halved, cored, 1/8" squares|
|jicama (buy 1 lb. total)||2/3 lbs.||peeled, sliced into 1/8" squares|
|bamboo shoots (any shape)||2/3 lbs.||rinsed, drained|
|cumin seed||2 tsp.||dry toasted and coursely ground|
|garlic, fresh||1 TBS||sliced|
|chipotlé chili pepper flakes+||2 tsp.||[medium spicy] or to taste|
1 Toast the cumin in a dry skillet over preheated medium heat for 60-90 seconds. Grind the seeds.
2 Prep the vegetables and toss in a bowl along with the chili pepper.
3 Review pages 6 and 7 of the Perfect Pickler Instruction - Recipe Booklet to complete the recipe.
Variation: To fashion a Tex-Mex side dish after fermentation and just before serving, add: 1 cup chopped cilantro, a splash of peanut or corn oil, and a squeeze of lime juice.
Variation: To fashion a South East Asian side dish, just before serving, add: a splash of sesame oil, a bunch of chopped cilanttoasted peanuts.