At their most basic, homemade pickles require only thin cucumber slices and your choice of vinegar.
PHOTO BY: EMILY HELLER
Slice thin rounds of cucumbers into a dish. Pour rice vinegar, rice wine vinegar or white wine vinegar over the slices until just submerged. Cover and refrigerate, and begin eating the next day. Your easy pickles will increase in tanginess each day. Add fresh cucumbers as they become available, adding just enough vinegar to cover them each time. Plus, you can always add your favorite seasonings, such as dill fronds, garlic slices and hot chiles. Another yummy option is to use half vinegar and half toasted sesame oil, and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.
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