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Tsukemono (Japanese Pickle) recipes or cookbooks please?

Hello everyone,

Somewhere recently I ran across the word tsukemono, and read a little about how Japanese pickles are made by pressing veggies in just a little salt so that they pickle in their own juice pulled out by the salt. These Japanese pickled vegetables as a complete side dish all their own seems like a neat idea. Fascinated, I picked up a cute little [3 litre] Japanese pickle press on ebay.

All of it's instructions are in Japanese, but that's ok, it's easy to see how to use it. However, whatever nifty recipe suggestions it has in the booklet are lost for me. :(

Does anyone know of any recipes for putting veggies into a pickle press? Recipes are harder to find online than I thought they'd be. I found one for cabbage, carrots, and herb leaves together, but I'd like to find some simple suggestions for just carrots, just daikon, just cucumber, etc, and how much salt to use per X amount of these. (Carrots are what I have in the fridge now, and I'm dying to pickle them.. Daikon and other things I could pick up some time later.)

I saw a Tsukemono cookbook on while I was browsing for pickle press prices. Is anyone familiar with any cookbooks for this that they would recommend?
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March 31 2009, 03:59:20 UTC 8 years ago

this post is old, but maybe you are still interested. There is a book called "Quick and Easy Tsukemono" which is very good.

Otherwise, for just single vegetables like daikon, cucumber, carrot, etc, or mixes of those for overnight pickles (the easiest), you just use a weight and then use 3 or 4% the total weight of the vegetables in salt. Just shake them all together and then put moderate weight on the press. If you put too much weight on, they'll get soggy and rubbery, but if you don't put enough on, they won't soak up the salt as well. Just put it on when you are going to bed and the next morning there should be a lot of water released and you can just quickly rinse them off and have crunchy vegetables.