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Traditional/homemade Japanese pickles

Luther Jul 5, 2013 07:15 PM

Where can I buy Japanese pickles (tsukemono) made in a traditional way? For example, almost every Asian store sells daikon processed with salt, sugar, MSG and artificial yellow dye. This product simulates traditional takuan, but it's not the same thing at all. I would like to purchase something made by month-long fermentation in rice bran and konbu, and colored with persimmon peel or some other fruit. I don't have the patience or resources to do this at home.

  1. Luther Jul 6, 2013 04:43 PM

    OK, the best I have found so far is takuan made without MSG, artificial sweetener, or artificial dye. It's in the pickle fridge case at Ebisuya in Medford. Obviously the process and preservation method is more like the other stuff in the fridge than it is like a traditional method, but it's better than most.

    1. chartreauxx Jul 5, 2013 07:29 PM

      true nukazuke are difficult to find in the usa; even in japan, it was often hard to find them commercially available (in my area, at least - since it was a very rural community, most families still made their own takuan, hoshigaki, nukazuke, etc).

      i'd suggest trying amazon.com; i've had decent luck with them in the past for this kind of niche specialty food. they are expensive but may meet your criteria.

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