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    Pickled Turnips

    Pickled turnips are a popular Middle Eastern mezes. Adding a beet slice to each jar turns the turnips pink; you can omit this step if you like.

    Ingredients

    • 2 1/2 pounds turnips, peeled and cut into 1/4- to 1/2-inch-thick wedges or sticks (about 8 cups)
    • 6 slices peeled beet
    • 3-6 whole large cloves garlic, sliced
    • 3 cups distilled white vinegar, or cider vinegar
    • 3 cups water
    • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sea salt
    • 2 tablespoons sugar

    Instructions

    Step 1
    Divide turnips among 6 pint-size (2-cup) canning jars or similar-size tempered-glass or heatproof-plastic containers with lids. Add 1 beet slice to each jar (this dyes the pickles pink) and divide the garlic slices among the jars.
    Step 2
    Combine vinegar, 3 cups water, salt and sugar in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil and stir until the salt and sugar dissolve. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.
    Step 3
    Carefully fill jars (or containers) with brine to within 1/2 inch of the rim, covering the turnips completely. (Discard any leftover brine.)
    Step 4
    Place the lids on the jars (or containers). Refrigerate for at least 1 week before serving. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

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