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Easy Pickled Pink Onion

Pickled pink onions are easy to make and are great for many things. Use them as a sandwich filling, a topping on pizzas or tacos, a simple side dish to your main meal, or include them on food platters.
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Prep Time : 5 mins
Cook Time : 0 mins
Chilling time : 1 day
Total Time : 1 d 5 mins
Cuisine: : Western
Course : Appetiser, Sides
Servings : 5 x 50 grams (1.7 ounce) servings
Calories : 35 : kcal
Estimated Cost (AUD) : $1.90 or $0.38 a serve

EQUIPMENT

  • 1 glass jar with metal lid - 3 - 4 cup capacity
  • Small saucepan
  • Measuring cups
  • Kitchen knife
  • Cutting board

INGREDIENTS

  • 250 grams (2 large) red onions
  • cup white vinegar
  • cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated white sugar or to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Sterilize the jars. - see notes below.
  • Peel the onions and slice them in half, then cut them into thin slices.
  • Pack the onion slices into the sterilized jar.
  • Put the vinegar, water, salt, and sugar into a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Pour the hot pickling liquid over the onion slices, making sure that the onions are covered in the liquid. If necessary push the onions into the liquid with a clean dry fork or spoon.
  • Seal the jar with the lid and allow the pickle to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Then store in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or longer before eating.

Notes

Sterilize the jars
  • Use glass jars with metal lids and sterilize them before filling.
  • Wash the jars and lids thoroughly with hot soapy water, rinse very well.
  • Then carefully pour boiling water into the bottles and over the inside of the lids.
  • Use a folded tea towel to protect your hands and carefully empty the hot water from them.
  • It is best not to use a tea towel to dry them because they will air dry quickly because they will be hot.
 
Making the pickling liquid, after heating the liquid and dissolving the sugar, taste it and add more sugar or salt to taste if necessary, then bring to the boil again before pouring into the jar.
 
How long will these pickled onions keep?
Pickled pink onions will last about 2 -3 weeks in the fridge when stored and handled correctly. The onions must stay submerged in the pickling liquid, and always use a clean spoon or tongs when removing them from the jar.
 
RECIPE VARIATIONS
You could add any of these ingredients to the jar with the onions for extra flavor.
  • Add a clove of crushed garlic.
  • Mix in dried herbs, like oregano, or thyme, or basil, or other dried herbs you like.
  • Add in whole seeds like coriander, or peppercorns, or cumin, or fennel, or allspice berries, or celery.
  • Add small sprigs of fresh herbs like rosemary, or thyme, or basil, or mint, or other fresh herbs.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Pickled Pink Onion
Serving Size
 
1 x 50 gram (1.7 ounce) serving
Amount per Serving
Calories
35
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Sodium
 
469
mg
20
%
Potassium
 
74
mg
2
%
Carbohydrates
 
7
g
2
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
5
g
6
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
1
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
4
mg
5
%
Calcium
 
15
mg
2
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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