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Aquavit's Quick Pickled Cucumbers

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“According to Marcus Samuelsson, this is the most popular Swedish condiment, after Lingonberry preserves, of course. They are an accompaniment to Swedish meatballs, other dishes, even served with hot dogs by street vendors. Cooking time is marinating time.”
4hrs 20mins
1 1/2 cups

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Slice the cucumbers as thin as possible, using a mandoline if you have one.
  2. If you only have regular cucumbers, slice them in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds before slicing.
  3. Put the slices in a colander and toss them with the salt.
  4. Let the cucumber sit while you prepare the marinade (or for up to about 30 minutes.
  5. Combine water, vinegar, sugar, bay leaf and allspice in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
  6. Remove from heat and let cool.
  7. Rinse the salt off the cucumber slices and squeeze out as much moisture as possible, using paper towels to blot them dry.
  8. Put the cucumbers in a medium bowl and add the marinade (the cucumber should be completely covered).
  9. Cover the bowl and refrigerate 3 to 6 hours before serving.

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