I did however make a trip to Pyrahs U-Pick farm and buy the weight of my small child in turnips. Twice. The first time I ate so many in one day I was sick. The second time I brought them home I strictly limited myself and I haven't been too fiberously full and queasy at all. But the downside to that rule is storing that many turnips in my fridge, they certainly take up a LOT of room. So I decided to do something interesting with them, besides peel and eat with salt. Peel and eat is THE best way to consume turnips, if you were wondering.
These little turnip pickles remind me of the ones served in Korean restaurants. Banchan refers to selection of little dishes of pickled delights. And then microscopic dried fish(easy to resist!) also. The banchan are set down the middle of the table and are meant to be shared by everyone and eaten with the main dish, rice and soup. Ours so far have only been nibbled furtively by my husband and I while no one is looking. The kids are good with peel and eat turnips right?
4 cups turnip strips, a little bigger than julienne
2 TBSP salt
1 cup water
3 TBSP sugar
1/2 cup seasoned rice vinegar
1 dried chili pepper*optional*
5 thai basil leaves
2 cloves of garlic, smashed with the side of a knife blade
toss the turnips with the salt and sugar
let them set for 10-15 minutes to release their water, turning 3-4 times
meanwhile over low heat in a small saucepan heat the water, vinegar and sugar
stirring to dissolve sugar, turn the heat off
then add the pepper, basil leaves and garlic and set aside
after ten minutes are up pour the turnips in to a colander and rinse for two minutes with fresh cold water
pack the turnips in to a quart jar, it will not be completely filled
pour the vinegar mixture over the turnips, poking any errant basil leaves, garlic and the pepper down in to the pickles
cap and refrigerate
chill for at least two days for maximum flavor
these will last up to two weeks in the refrigerator, not in our house but maybe in yours
So what's the matter with you guys, scared of what I might have in my thrifted giveaway? Oh come on, you've seen the treasures I drag home! I'll give you a hint, it's appeeling, so don't screw around, enter already! Better?
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Love and Peace--
|not one to be trumped by the cuteness of turnips littlest boy showed up with an apple he speared|
|pickles got nothin' on this boy!|