Recipe for Pickler Pigs' Ears, Chinese Style


2 lb pigs' ears
4 whole star anise
3 slice fresh ginger root
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh ginger root
3 cloves garlic, sliced
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup sliced carrots
1 cucumber, unpeeled, seeded and cut; in chunks
1 red onion, cut in chunks
1 bell pepper, cut in chunks


Prepare pigs' ears according to steps I and II in basic instructions; drain. Return to pot with water to cover and first 5 ingredients listed above. Bring to a boil and simmer for 1 hour; let meat cool in liquid. Discard liquid and cut ears into 1/2x1-inch slices. In the meantime, bring 3 cups water to a boil with remaining vinegar, sugar, ginger, garlic salt and carrots. Turn off heat when boiling point is reached. Cool mixture to room temperature. Then add cucumber, onion, bell pepper and sliced pigs' ears. Chill in refrigerator for at least 4 hours to blend flavors. Will keep for up to 1 week refrigerated. Serve as an appetizer or a cold meat side dish.

Makes two quarts.

Variations: Pigs' snouts may be prepared in the same manner. Add 1 cup fresh sweet pineapple chunks at the same time as the vegetables.

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