Pickled Ginger Red Onion Cucumbers

Makes 2 cups
Ingredients
1 cup water
1 cup rice wine vinegar, flavored with ginger if you can find
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup chopped fresh mint
1 large euro cucumber washed & sliced thin (peels on)
2 cayenne or red chili peppers sliced thinly, seeds removed (Serrano chili’s can be substituted)
1 medium red onion sliced thin
¼-½ cup fresh ginger, [...]

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Spicy Mango Pickle

Makes 1 quart
INGREDIENTS
3 medium green (unripe) mangoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
½ cup kosher salt
3 tablespoons turmeric
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 tablespoon black mustard seeds, coarsely ground in a mortar and pestle or spice grinder
½ tablespoon fenugreek seeds, coarsely ground
½ cup cayenne pepper
1 cup canola oil
DIRECTIONS
Put the mango cubes in a nonaluminum bowl, and sprinkle [...]

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Sweet-and-Sour Eggplant Pickle

Makes 1 quart
INGREDIENTS
1-pound Japanese or small Italian eggplants, or 1 large (1¼ to 1½ pound) eggplant, stemmed
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup rice wine vinegar
1½ cups loosely packed light brown sugar
1 cup canola oil
½ tablespoon chopped garlic
½ tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
DIRECTIONS
If using Japanese eggplants, cut them in half lengthwise and then crosswise into 2-inch [...]

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Watermelon Rind Pickles

Makes a large batch of pickles
Ingredients
Seedless red watermelon rind with a touch of red flesh left on (entire watermelon)
1 cup salt
1 teaspoon alum powder (pickling preservative for crispness/totally optional)
1 quart cold water
3 cups white distilled vinegar
2 cinnamon sticks
15 cloves
3 cups sugar
Directions
In a large mixing bowl combine the salt and cold water and mix or whisk [...]

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