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Quick pickled pumpkin

Time 15 minutes
Yields Makes a generous quart
Quick pickled pumpkin
(Glenn Koenig, Los Angeles Times)
1

Place the pumpkin in a large nonreactive bowl, and toss with the salt, rubbing the salt evenly over all sides of the pumpkin pieces. Set the pumpkin aside for 3 to 4 hours to give the salt time to penetrate and soften the pieces. When the pumpkin is softened, carefully rinse off the pieces to remove all of the salt, and drain well.

2

In a large saucepan, combine the vinegar, water and sugar, loosely cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat slightly and add the pumpkin pieces. Return the heat to high, and as soon as the mixture comes to a simmer, remove from heat.

3

Ladle the pumpkin and hot vinegar mixture into a clean, nonreactive bowl, and stir in the garlic, thyme, sage, marjoram and peppercorns. Weight the pumpkin using a heavy plate so it stays submerged in the liquid.

4

Refrigerate the pumpkin for at least a day to give the flavors time to develop. The pickles will last, refrigerated, for up to 2 weeks.

The garlic in the pickling liquid may turn blue over time; this can be due to the water used or iodine in salt. If this happens, simply remove the garlic pieces; the pickles will be fine.

Noelle Carter is the former Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen director. She left in January 2019.
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