How to Make and Use Pickled Onions

Pickling may seem like a process best left to grandmothers, but that doesn't have to be the case. Pickled onions take only a few minutes to make, and require no special equipment. Pickling doesn't have to be a painstaking all-day ordeal; just follow this simple recipe.

These pickled onions are welcome anywhere you would use a regular pickle. They are great on hamburgers or any other sandwich, as well as in salads. Keep in mind, however, that these are refrigerator pickles, and as such will spoil if left out too long.

Pickling Spice
Ingredients You Will Need:
½ teaspoon cloves
1 cinnamon stick, broken into pieces
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
2 teaspoon allspice
2 teaspoon peppercorns
2 bay leaves

Place all of the ingredients in a piece of cheesecloth, and tightly seal with kitchen twine.

Pickled Onions
Ingredients You Will Need:
3 cups white vinegar
1 pouch pickling spice
½ cup sugar
1 tablespoon salt
3 medium yellow onions, sliced into ¼-inch strips
3 medium red onions, sliced into ¼-inch strips
1 clove garlic, crushed

Put the vinegar and the pouch of pickling spices in a pot, cover and set it to medium-high heat. When it comes to a rapid boil, add the sugar and salt, and stir to dissolve. Add the onions and garlic, and let simmer for a few moments before removing from the heat. Let the mixture come to room temperature, and remove the pouch of pickling spice. Portion into jars and refrigerate. Wait a few days before eating for maximum flavor. Kept in the refrigerator, these onions will stay good for months.

Serving Suggestions

Country Ham and Pickled Onion Sandwich
Ingredients You Will Need:
2 slices hearty white or whole grain bread
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
4 to 6 slices thin-cut country ham
¼ cup pickled onions

Toast the bread, and spread the mayonnaise on the top slice. Lay the ham on the bottom slice, and top it with the pickled onions. Serve with sweet tea for a delicious southern snack.

Pickled Onion Panzanella Salad
Ingredients You Will Need:
¼ cup balsamic vinaigrette
1 tablespoon honey
4 cups day-old hearty Italian bread, cut into bite-size chunks
1 ball fresh mozzarella, sliced
½ cup pickled onions
10 to 15 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
¼ cup shredded basil leaves

Mix the balsamic vinaigrette with the honey, and pour over the bread. Toss in the rest of the ingredients, and mix thoroughly. Serve as an appetizer or alongside a main course.

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Pickles require specific measures. To create a great batch of pickles, make sure you use the proper ingredients and tools. Though vinegar and salt are used, pickles still must be boiled in an open water bath to kill the enzymes that cause spoilage. Earmark hollow or odd-shaped cucumbers for relish and use only pickling cucumbers.

If you want to make homemade pickles, you'll want to check out this refrigerator pickle recipe for details on how to make crisp, delicious pickles without bothering with canning.

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