Achara Zuke (Turnips in Vinegar Dressing)

Title: Achara Zuke (Turnips in Vinegar Dressing)
Categories: Side dish, Japanese, Vegetables
Yield: 8 Pickles

4 oz White turnips
1 ts Salt
1 Dried red pepper
1 1″ square kombu, washed
1/4 c Rice vinegar -=OR=- 1/4 c
— white vinegar
4 ts Sugar
Soy sauce

Starting a day ahead, peel the turnips &, one at a time, slice them
in the following fashion: Make thin slices down to within 1/8″ of the
base, move the turnip a half turn clockwise & make similar slices
intersecting the first ones. Now cut each turnip into quarters.

In a mixing bowl, stir the salt into 1/4 c cold water. Add the
turnips. Soak in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

The following day, cover the dried red pepper with cold water & soak
at room temperature for about 1 hour, or until soft. Cut off the top
of the pepper, remove & discard the seeds, slice the pepper crosswise
into very thin rings.

Wrap the piece of kombu in a damp towel and let it rest for about an
hour, or until it is soft and pliable. Cut into strips 1″ by 1/8″

Drain the turnips & squeeze them firmly until dry. Combine the
vinegar, 1/2 c cold water, sugar & a sprinkle of soy sauce in a 1 1/2
to 2 qt jar & stir thoroughly. Add the turnips, pepper rings and
kombu, & stir again. Cover tightly with a jar cover or plastic wrap,
& refrigerate for at least 12 hours before serving. Will keep for 3
or 4 days.

“Foods of the World” Recipes: The Cooking of Japan. Time/Life Books.
Posted by Earl Cravens