Date: Wed, 21 Sep 94 22:13:16 EDT
From: Andrew Evans (email@example.com)
Japanese Rosy Pickled Ginger (Gari)
(Originally from the _Washington Post_ Food Section)
1 pound unpeeled baby ginger (in oriental groceries) or peeled regular ginger
(Note: regular ginger tends to be stronger and tougher, but works
quite well anyway)
Peel (if necessary), rinse, and pat dry.
Put in a bowl and coat with about a heaping tablespoon of salt
(preferably the pickling variety). Set in a cool place for 24 hours.
(24 hours later:)
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups rice vinegar (unseasoned light)
1 cup less 2 tablespoons water
Dissolve sugar in rice vinegar and water. Put into a 6-cup resealable
glass jar (I use the kind with the lever-action wire closure and rubber
seal ring). Rinse the salt off the ginger and pat dry. Put ginger into
vinegar/sugar solution. Close jar and refrigerate at least a week.
The vinegar will turn the ginger a rosy pink. Just before serving, slice
thinly with the grain.
You can keep a jar of this going indefinitely by replenishing the ginger
and vinegar/sugar solution as it is used.