Special Atchara (pickled green papaya):
Sinamak Bisaya (spiced vinegar):
Let me start off with the containers. I scouted around 3 local markets for recycled glass bottles and containers. The glass containers for the pickles were limited and so with the “long neck” bottles for my sinamak. The vendors make them into gas lamps, the reason for the short supply. They were pricey for a whooping five pesos each regardless of size! Well, at least they’re better than plastic. It's always wise to use glass containers for pickling and preserving food. If only I could store my used bottles in the house, I would if I have space. Otherwise, I sell to kids that buy them for only 50 cents each! I cleaned them thoroughly by soaking with mild detergent and disinfectant overnight. The next day, I discarded the soaking solution and submerged them in warm water so that the labels that are stuck on to the glass surface easily falls off. The trick is to buy one of those shredded iron scrubbers. I was careful to use rubber gloves when scrubbing off old labels and a baby bottle brush to reach very difficult corners. After they’re cleaned, I rinsed them three times and let it dry thoroughly.
Happy Holidays !!!!