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A MARIO BATALI RECIPE

Basic Pickles

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Ingredients

1 quart champagne vinegar

½ quart White wine vinegar

1 quart water

1 ½ cups sugar

2 star anise

½ tablespoons mustard seeds

2 bay leaves

½ tablespoons chili flake

5 cucumbers quartered

Directions

In a large non-reactive saucepan, bring the vinegars and water to a simmer, then add the sugar, star anise, mustard seed, bay leaves and chili flakes. Simmer for about 3 minutes.

 

Divide the cucumbers among several 1 quart canning jars and cover them with the cooking liquid. It there is not enough liquid, add a little white wine vinegar to cover. Allow the jars to cool, cover with lids, and refrigerator.

 

Refrigerate for 2 weeks, or to taste.

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