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Quick Cucumber Mint Pickle

Quick Cucumber Mint Pickle
This was my third-place recipe for Wednesday’s Foodie Call at ARL WFM. The ingredient was mint and the challenge was to come up with a recipe, make the recipe and get set up in two hours, and “demo” it–serve it in tiny bites with an attractive display–for another two hours.
While I’ve watched cooking challenge shows for years, this took the cake–or the cuke. Since I’m customer service, I could use any ingredient from the entire store to cook. Being vegan and gluten-free, and it being summer (tomorrow), I gravitated towards produce.

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Going with the tried-and-true beet caraway slaw idea, since I made a fennel-cucumber-kraut slaw a few weeks ago, I figured springtime cukes and slaw could handle the mintage.
Why is it a quick pickle? Because it’s not brined for any length of time. Actually, the entire recipe would benefit from a good sit overnight or up to a week in the fridge to marinate (in glass, please).
Here is the full-capacity recipe; obviously you should scale it to your needs.
Quick Cucumber Mint Pickle
15 cucumbers, sliced thinly (I quartered mine; a food processor would have been handy)
4 bunches of mint, ribboned
2 32-ounce jars of sauerkraut, rinsed
about 2 cups combination of raspberry red wine vinegar, white wine vinegar, and red wine vinegar
1 red onion, diced
Mix all ingredients together in an enormous bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight or up to a week before serving. Serve chilled.
Check it out on my Instagram account, @undead_q [Ed. note: see social media widget in the upper right.]
Why should you eat sauerkraut? It’s a good source of gut-friendly bacteria. Believe me, and if you’re lactose- or gluten-intolerant or have food allergies, you know the importance of a functioning digestive system. Sauerkraut and other fermented veggies help your digestion.
Don’t turn up your nose at the “intense” kraut…the unpasteurized kind exposes you to life in its less-processed form…life as it should be.
Chew on that!
Blueberry series resumes Saturday.

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