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Traditional English Pickled Onions

Traditional English Pickled Onions


"Serve with cold ham, bread and cheese. These pickled onions are made with dark malt vinegar and stored for at least 6 weeks before eating."
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1 d 35 m servings 28 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 28 kcal
  • 1%
  • Fat:
  • 0 g
  • < 1%
  • Carbs:
  • 6.9g
  • 2%
  • Protein:
  • 0.4 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 1757 mg
  • 70%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Place the peeled onions in a glass or ceramic bowl and cover with cold water. Drain the water into a saucepan and stir in the salt. Bring just to a boil so that the salt dissolves, then cool slightly and pour over the onions. Cover the bowl with a heavy plate so all of the onions stay submerged. Leave onions to stand for 24 hours.
  2. Measure the vinegar into a saucepan. Tie the pickling spice into a cloth and add to the vinegar along with the bay leaves. Bring to a boil, then simmer over low heat for 5 minutes.
  3. Rinse the onions and pat them dry. Add to the saucepan with the vinegar. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Pack the onions into sterile jars and ladle the brine over them until they are covered. Add a dried chile pepper to each jar if you like. Seal with sterile lids and rings and store in a cool dark place for at least 6 weeks before opening.


  • Tip
  • To peel the onions, trim off the root end but leave the onion layers attached. Cut a thin slice from the tops and place onions in a non-reactive bowl then cover with boiling water. Leave to stand for 4 minutes, then drain. Skins should be easier to peel with a sharp knife.

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Most helpful positive review

These are terrific! My husband and I love them. I made them exactly as indicated. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Most helpful critical review

Did not like these at all. Will not make again. Sorry

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Did not like these at all. Will not make again. Sorry

These are terrific! My husband and I love them. I made them exactly as indicated. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Honestly, laziness crept in, and I used frozen pearl onions for this recipe rather peeling all of those little bitty onions. Wasn't sure about what to do with them after I poured the pickling l...

it needs sugar, add about a cup and it makes all the difference. Is really good on buttered bread. I also did not remove the pickling spice I enjoy the little bits of spice

These are a pain in the butt to do But oh so worth the work and now I wished I'd done a dozen jars cause I'm out and need to make more the malt vinegar and hot pepper flakes mix together so nice...

Enough onions for 3 x 2 cup jars but not enough brine. Had to make more.

Love them. Just like the ones we had growing up. Doing them for a second year. Great with hamburgers. - Jackie

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