Making pickled vegetables can be intimidating if you’ve never made them before. From the type of vegetables to the type of vinegar, it can lead to a ton of questions before you even begin. This pickled red onions recipe is a great one to dip your toes in as it’s short, simple and provides step by step instructions to teach you how to make pickled red onions. Not to mention you’re left with the best pickled onions to grub on.
Only 10 minutes stands between you and a jar of quick pickled red onions. Of course this doesn’t include the recommended hour or marinating time, but that’s not a hard and fast rule. Here’s how to make pickled onions:
Step 1. Slice the onions as thin and evenly as possible. I recommend using a Mandoline for best results.
Step 2. Stuff as many sliced onions as possible into a large jar. We use these glass mason jars (16 oz).
Step 3. Add the vinegar, sugar, salt and water to a bowl and stir until the sugar and salt are dissolved.
Step 4. Pour the vinegar mixture over the onions and marinate for an hour before digging. Sure – that’s not a requirement but it does maximize the flavor.
There are quite a few different vinegars that will work – each has pros and cons. Here are the top varieties:
Most commonly used vinegar for pickling vegetables. It’s my preferred go-to vinegar for most vegetables, other than red onions.
Malt vinegar has a very bold flavor and adds a brown tint. It’s best to utilize on produce with a strong flavor that can hold up to it. It’s not my favorite, but it works.
Cider vinegar is a great option. It has a distinct flavor, lends a sweetness to the final product and is probably an ingredient you probably already have. Just make sure to check the acidity level. It MUST be over 5%. An acidity level under 5% won’t properly preserve the product.
Another great option for picking as it has a delicate flavor and lends just a slight color. As with cider vinegar, you must ensure the acidity level is over 5% to use.
Looking into growing a garden full of onions for pickling? We did some research and the best varieties of onions for picking are: Barletta Silverskin, Small Paris Silverskin, Giant Zittau, Improved Queen, White Queen, Purplette and Covent Garden Pearl.
When property stored, in an airtight container, pickled onions last up to three weeks in the refrigerator.