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Old 08-29-2009, 11:38 AM   #1
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Pickled Onions

I am a huge fan of the British style pickled onions and want to make my own. Does anyone have a good recipe to share? Thanks.


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Old 08-29-2009, 01:41 PM   #2
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Here's a recipe that I found, which I assume is what you are looking for.

Easy and Traditional British Pub Style Pickled Onions - 255611 - Recipezaar

These recipes use 'pickling onions', also known as pearl onions, and not the bigger onions you usually find in the stores. I find it more convenient to buy them frozen than trying to find them fresh.

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Old 08-30-2009, 11:12 AM   #3
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pickled onions

Thank you, this is exactly what I was looking for.
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Old 09-14-2009, 01:24 AM   #4
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The recipe I've used in the past called for "Carmel Color" to be added. We never did but would like to, as it seems to be more authentic;where can we get the stuff snd does anybody know what Carmel Color is?

Don't you hate all the onion peeling? What a pain.

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Old 09-16-2009, 06:45 AM   #5
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Pickling onions are the size of a golf ball and are different to pearl onions which are the size of a medium marble or cherry. Pearl onions are used to make cocktail onions, whereas you need the larger pickling onion to make the English pickled onion.

Going from my distant childhood memories, mum used to toss the peeled pickling onions through cooking salt and leave in the bowl (complete with the salt - and be generous) covered with a tea towel for quite sometime. Then she would rinse the onions and bottle in malt brown vinegar with peppercorns (although they may have been whole cloves or a combination of both). Would leave for a while (days? weeks?) before eating. Pretty sure that was all there was to it but I may have missed something.

Will try to find mum's recipe - if she wrote it down, which is a big "if" - and will post again if I find it.

Rob, in a true English version, you wouldn't need to add the caramel colouring as the malt brown vinegar colours the onions. maybe you should try using that instead of whatever vinegar you are currently using. Just a suggestion.

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Old 09-16-2009, 07:25 AM   #6
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a trick to easy peel the onions and garlic etc,

boil them for 2 minutes, then dump them in ice water...the skin will peel off very easily

also you can soak them overnight in water, and that will make it easier as well

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