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Slice the cucumber as thin and evenly as possible. I recommend a mandoline to ensure consistency.
Stuff as many cucumber slices into a jar as possible. I recommend a sealable glass mason jar (12 oz). Top with the garlic cloves.
Add the water, vinegar, sugar, salt and red pepper flakes (If using) to a medium size bowl and stir until the sugar and salt are dissolved. Taste and adjust the salt and sugar to your liking.
Pour the vinegar mixture over the cucumbers. They should all be covered by the liquid.
Marinate for at least an hour before enjoying to maximize flavor.
Store in an airtight container for up to two months. (*Note 5)
Note 1: Kirby cucumbers, Persian cucumbers or green cucumbers work best for pickling.
Note 2: If you own a mandoline, now is the time to break it out. You want the slices thin and as even as possible.
Note 3: You could also use distilled white vinegar, apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar in place of the rice wine vinegar.
Note 4: You can omit the sugar, if you prefer. They final product will just be less "sweet."
Note 5: The longer the cucumbers stay in the brine, the softer they become. So you'll find they're less crunch on day 7 than day 1 or 2.
Note 6: This recipe has NOT been testing for canning.
Calories: 28kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 878mg | Potassium: 95mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 87IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg