Ok, so here is the curtido:
This is that lovely stuff we eat on top of pupusas and panes con chumpe.
If you like pickles, I think you'll like this. As I described earlier, it's kind of a cross between Korean kimchi and German sauerkraut and also a bit of Italian Giardiniere pickles.
1 small or 3/4 head of cabbage, shredded
1 small onion, finely sliced
5-6 cups boiling water
2 carrots, finely grated or mandolined
1/2 cup water *
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar *
1/2 to 1 teaspoon sugar
1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
3 rounded teaspoons oregano (oreganum)
Sprinkling of red pepper flakes (optional) **
* I like my curtido super punchy, so I do 1/4 cup water and 3/4 cup vinegar. Try different ratios and see what you prefer. However, I would stick with apple cider vinegar. I've tried other vinegars and they can be way too strong.
** I like my curtido hot, so I add a lot of red pepper flakes, but you add it to your taste, or don't add any!
Place the finely sliced onions at the bottom of a colander that is sitting in a larger bowl:
Add the finely sliced cabbage on top:
Now pour the boiling water on top of the cabbage and onions and let them sit in the hot water. This helps take the worst bite out of the onions and helps soften the cabbage a wee bit:
After a few minutes, take the colander out of the bowl and let the onions and cabbage drain. Put it in a large bowl/container. Oh, and don't worry, the cabbage stays very crunchy!
Now add the carrots:
Mix up all brine ingredients. As with all my cooking, I recommend tasting and adjusting as you go. Different people like their pickles at different "strengths." P.S., I completely love saying "origaaahhnum" instead of plain ole' oregano! :o)
Pour the brine over the veggies:
And that's it!
It's better the next day and will keep for weeks in the fridge. Use it like you would sauerkraut or kimchi. It's a great way to cut through rich foods (like sausages ... or pupusas) or any time you need a good punch to your meal.