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Pickled Slaw

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So Hafoc and I were at Anthrocon having hot dogs from the cart on the corner, which lead to talking about the ways in which people serve hot dogs and all the things you can get on a Chicago style dog. At the mention of coleslaw on a hot dog I really wanted one, but coleslaw is usually mayonnaise based and not so good on a small cart for that reason. The solution of course is to use a vinegar based dressing, so technically I should have worked up a vinaigrette based coleslaw but my brain got stuck on shredded cabbage pickles so this is what you get.

1 quart jar, glass or heat resistant material

shredded cabbage/coleslaw mix, to fill the jar packed down tight

1 1/2 cup water
3/4 cup vinegar, I used apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp coarse salt (pickling or canning salt)
1 tsp pickling spice blend
2-3 Tbsp minced garlic (I just used a heaping spoonful, so approximate amount here, suit to your taste)

In a small saucepan combine the brine ingredients and bring to a boil.

Pack the jar full of cabbage, get as much into the jar as you possibly can, right to the top of the threads.

Carefully pour in the boiling brine, a ladle is very useful for this part. The cabbage will shrink down some so pack more in if you like, just be sure it can be pushed below the level of the brine.

Put a lid on the jar and let it cool to room temperature before moving it to the fridge.

The thinner the cabbage shreds the faster it will be ready to eat. The packs of coleslaw mix at the grocery store are ready after sitting about eight hours/overnight.

I plan to try other spices in the future, dill would be a classic of course. I may try a bit of chili powder at some point, though my low tolerance for spicy things means I will be very sparing with that.
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