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    English Pub-Style Pickled Onions

    Total Time:

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    840 hrs

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    Mille®'s Note:

    This pickle is made the traditional way, with a short brining to keep the onions crisp, and with cool rather than hot vinegar. If you'd like to can the onions, though, use two one-pint or four half-pint Mason jars instead of a quart jar, and pour the spiced vinegar over the onions while the vinegar is hot. Seal the jars immediately with hot two-piece caps, and process the jars for 10 minutes in a boiling-water bath. Sharp-tasting, brown malt vinegar is available at most supermarkets. If you can't find it, or if you'd like a milder pickle, use white wine vinegar.

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    Serves: 24



    Units: US | Metric


    1. 1
      In a bowl, dissolve ¼ cup salt in 1 quart water; add the onions and weight them gently with a plate that fits inside the bowl.
    2. 2
      Let them stand 8 to 12 hours.
    3. 3
      Drain the onions, and peel them; return them to the bowl.
    4. 4
      Make a brine with the remaining salt and water, pour it over the onions, and weight them gently again.
    5. 5
      Let them stand 2 days.
    6. 6
      In a nonreactive saucepan, bring the sugar and vinegar to a boil; let the liquid cool.
    7. 7
      Drain and rinse the onions, and drain them well again.
    8. 8
      In a 1-quart jar, layer the onions, peppercorns, allspice, pepper flakes, and bay leaf.
    9. 9
      Cover them with the cooled, sweetened vinegar.
    10. 10
      Cover the jar with a nonreactive cap, preferably all plastic.
    11. 11
      Refrigerate the jar for at least 1 month before eating the onions.
    12. 12
      They will keep for at least 6 months.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 06, 2003


      Very nice. Easy recipe to follow. Very much like Hayward's onions, which is a special favorite of my husband.

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    • on August 06, 2006


      This recipe was easy to follow and had great results with 2 trys, just in case I fluked the first. Thank you

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    Nutritional Facts for English Pub-Style Pickled Onions

    Serving Size: 1 (123 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 24

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 18.0
    Calories from Fat 0
    Total Fat 0.0 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 2361.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 4.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.4 g
    Sugars 2.3 g
    Protein 0.2 g

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