Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 45 mins

These silver skin onions are supberb when finished. It does take time if you can do it and you will be rewarded. This recipe was given to me by my mother over 40 years ago. It takes 7 days of a short time each day to achieve great results.


  1. In a large pot, add onions, cover with boiling water and let cool.
  2. Peel and discard skins and water.
  3. Rinse onions and return to pot.
  4. Sprinkle onions with pickling salt.
  5. Cover onions again with boiling water and let stand for 24 hours.
  6. Drain and reserve salted water.
  7. Rinse onions with cold water and return to cooking pot.
  8. In a separate pot, bring reserved salted water to a boil.
  9. Pour over onions.
  10. Repeat this same process for another 2 full days.
  11. At the beginning of the 4th day, drain and discard water.
  12. Rinse onions thoroughly.
  13. In a cooking pot, add sugar, vinegar and spices that are wrapped in a cheese cloth and bring to boil; boil for 2 minutes.
  14. Pour this liquid over the onions.
  15. Cover and let sit for 24 hours.
  16. Drain off liquid, save and reheat.
  17. Pour this liquid over the onions again.
  18. Repeat this process for a total of 3 days, which is now the 6th day.
  19. On the 7th day, which is the last day, drain and reserve the liquid.
  20. Wash onions thoroughly.
  21. Reheat the reserved liquid.
  22. Prepare and sterilize jars.
  23. Fill jars with onions and pour the hot liquid over the onions in the jars to within 1/4 inch of the top.
  24. Wipe tops of rims very clean.
  25. Place prepared lids on top and screw on screw lids just finger tight.
  26. Place jars in a hot bath in a canner and boil for 5 minutes.
  27. Remove from bath and place on a towel.
  28. Cover with another towel to cool.
  29. Jars are sealed when the tops"pop" and are concave, (turned down.).
  30. Wipe jars clean, lable and store in a cool, dry place.


Most Helpful

Wow!! These are great. Simple easy steps. Wonderful results. This is my second year making them. I do 20 pounds at a time. Thank you Uncle Bill, for sharing such a wonderful treat with us!

sunnieone September 21, 2003

Amazing! I know this method of making pickles has been around for centuries but yours is the first I've tried. I cut it down and made just one jar but they tasted so good already when I canned them that I have another 5lbs going now! Thank you -they are exactly like the Hayward's sharp pickles I ate in the UK. I'm starting another 5 lbs with half onions and half cauliflower and some different spices.

lrobb6 August 30, 2016

I've been making these for a year now and am sooo glad I found this recipe!tasty,sweet and totally yummy..I make huge jars and somehow they just disappear...yay thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe;)

carolynburman June 11, 2015

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