Mix the ◎ brine ingredients together in a container that's deep enough to be heated in the microwave.
Wash the cucumber and it off, then slice into 2-3 ml thick pieces. Add it to the brine and mix well. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
Stir once and then cover tightly with plastic wrap. Heat in a 500 watt microwave for 1 minutes 30 seconds. Remove and stir again.
Cover tightly with wrap again and microwave again at 500 watts for about 1 minute. Remove and stir again and if the cucumber has all changed color, you're good!
Cover again tightly with the plastic wrap and let cool. Once it's cooled, store in the refrigerator and allow it to pickle for half a day to a day, then enjoy.
I used a bowl that I got at the Spring 2013 Yamazaki Bread Festival. It's 18 cm in diameter and 4.8 cm tall.
You can add them to hamburgers or sandwiches as an accent!
They're also delicious diced up in tartar sauce!
Also feel free to eat them as is, or as a palate-cleanser. They're good with curry, too!!
Story Behind this Recipe
I wanted to make some easy pickles from a cucumber that I could put on hamburgers. Since you can make it with a microwave and it takes only a little bit of seasoning, take note of this recipe.
Please be careful, since it can boil over! Please mix well and heat in the microwave until the cucumber's color changes to how it looks in the picture. Please apply the wrap tightly like a lid, to seal out as much air as possible over the cucumber.