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November 12, 2009

How to Pickle Onions

Filed under: root veg — Tags: , , , — TopVeg @ 1:37 pm

The main thing you need to pickle onions is plenty of time, otherwise it is quite straightforward!

pickled-onions-pink

pickled-onions-pink

  • most people use shallots for pickled onions
  • make a brine solution by dissolving 8oz of salt in 4 pints of water
  • skin the onions – using a stainless steel or silver knife – as they will discolour
  • cover the onions in a cold brine solution for at least 24 hours.  Place a dish over the top of the onions to make sure they are covered with brine.  The brine draws the water out of the onions & makes them crispy.
  • drain the onions from the brine
  • fill a clean, sterilised jar with onions & cover with spiced pickling vinegar
pickled-onion-jars

pickled-onion-jars

The spiced pickling vinegar can be of any flavour & it is worth trying a few different ones.

It is possible to buy spiced pickling vinegar, or you can make your own using a different vinegar (cider, wine, raspberry vinegar etc) & add your own combination of spices.  Pre-mixed pickling spices can be found in supermarkets, or you can add your own combination of chillies, ginger, pepper, mustard seeds etc..

Topper-pickled-onions

Topper-pickled-onions

It is very easy to pickle onions, just time consuming!  But a jar of home-made pickled onions is a treat – or an excellent gift or  Christmas present.

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4 Comments

  1. I love pickled onions thanks for sharing this recipe.
    Sara from farmingfriends

    Comment by farmingfriends — November 15, 2009 @ 7:58 pm

  2. How long does it take for them to finish pickling?

    Comment by Aida — April 30, 2010 @ 8:37 pm

  3. Hi Aida

    The vinegar has to get into the onions – usually a couple of weeks does it.

    TopVeg

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