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       Title: Achara Zuke (Turnips in Vinegar Dressing)
  Categories: Side dish, Vegetables
       Yield: 8 Pickles
       4 oz White turnips
       1 ts Salt
       1 ea Dried red pepper
       1 ea 1 square kombu, washed
     1/4 c  Rice vinegar -=OR=- 1/4 c
            -- white vinegar
       4 ts Sugar
            Soy sauce
   Starting a day ahead, peel the turnips &, one at a time, slice them in the
   following fashion: Make thin slices down to within 1/8 of the base, move
   the turnip a half turn clockwise & make similar slices intersecting the
   first ones.  Now cut each turnip into quarters. In a mixing bowl, stir the
   salt into 1/4 c cold water.  Add the turnips. Soak in the refrigerator for
   24 hours. The following day, cover the dried red pepper with cold water &
   soak at room temperature for about 1 hour, or until soft. Cut off the top
   of the pepper, remove & discard the seeds, slice the pepper crosswise into
   very thin rings. Wrap the piece of kombu in a damp towel and let it rest
   for about an hour, or until it is soft and pliable. Cut into strips 1 by
   1/8 wide. Drain the turnips & squeeze them firmly until dry. Combine the
   vinegar, 1/2 c cold water, sugar & a sprinkle of soy sauce in a 1 1/2 to 2
   qt jar & stir thoroughly.  Add the turnips, pepper rings and kombu, & stir
   again. Cover tightly with a jar cover or plastic wrap, & refrigerate for at
   least 12 hours before serving.  Will keep for 3 or 4 days.