In last weeks blog I mentioned pickled red onion and decided that I love them so much I needed to share more about them with you! I am a huge lover of anything pickled. I’ve made dill pickles, pickled snow peas, pickled eggs and dilly beans but I’ve never made pickled onions. I love red onion mostly for its vibrant colour but also because it has such a defined flavour.
I recently learned about and was inspired to make these quick pickles from the Food in Jars facebook group that I am a part of. April’s Mastery Challenge is Quick Pickles so I took advantage of this and tried to pickle something new and I’m really glad I did!
For these delicious pickles there is no need for a water bath canner. They are just like their name, quick pickles, also reffered to as refrigerator pickles. They absorb the flavour of the brine you make quite quickly and are ready to eat within a few hours but only last in the fridge for a couple of weeks, unlike regular pickled onions that require submerging the jars in boiling water to help preserve them for extended periods of time.
I started by thinly slicing 1 medium red onion. I used a mandolin slicer to make life easier and I will spare you all the gruesome details of how the mandolin slipped off the cutting board I had it on and sliced off a chunk of my baby finger…needless to say getting onion juice in a fresh, deep cut was not a very nice feeling!
I then combined about 1 cup apple cider vinegar with 2 cups of water and brought it up to a simmer on the stovetop then added 1 tablespoon of kosher salt and 1-2 tablespoons of sugar and stirred until everything was dissolved. I divided the sliced onion between 2 small wide mouth mason jars then poured the hot vinegar mixture on top, about 1/4 inch from the top of the jar.
That’s it! Let them cool and store them in the fridge for up to about 3 weeks or so. The longer they sit the stronger they will be.
So simple and so delicious, these pickled onions are great as a snack on their own and go great in a garden salad or on top of a pulled pork sandwich or even in a grilled cheese sandwich like the one I blogged about last week.
I just love the change in colours as they sit over the course of about a week. What once was a nice bright white center with a crisp pink edge becomes a vibrant shade of pink that blends across the entire surface, creating something that almost doesn’t look real!
For anyone who enjoys pickles I highly recommend trying these! They are super quick to make, they are a great hostess gift for dinner parties and will add a splash of beauty to any dish you serve them with!
stay hungry, stay HAPPY!