When I was a kid I did not like onions but now they are a staple in both my pantry and in my cooking. In fact it is rare that I have less that two different kinds of onions on hand. I am always looking for new ways to enjoy onions and I caught a lucky break in that my next project required pickled onions and I could not wait to try them out. Pickled red onions are pretty easy to make yourself where you pretty much just slice the onions and store them in a vinegar solution. You can use any type of vinegar and depending on how tangy you want it you can water it down a little. To your base vinegar solution you can add flavouring salt, sugar or spices such as pepper, bay leaves, cloves cinnamon, etc. I decided to go with a basic pickled red onion for my first go at it and it turned out great! The onions are ready after a few hours of sitting in the vinegar but they only get better with age. After sitting in the pickling solution the onions turn a nice pink colour and they really mellow out nicely! Pickles red onions are so good and I can’t wait to use them!
Pickled Red Onions
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 pinch red pepper flakes
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 large red onion (peeled, sliced and divided)
- Heat the vinegar, water, sugar, salt, red pepper flakes and bay leaf in a saucepan until the sugar has disolved.
- Pour the mixture over the onions in a jar and let cool completely.
- Store in the fridge until ready to use.
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