English Pickled Onions
English Pickled Onions are a true British treasure! Pearl onions pickled in malt vinegar, sugar and spices. Often eaten straight out of the jar, sliced in sandwiches or accompanying a tasty Ploughman’s lunch. I also like to slice them up and add to sandwiches and salads.
English recipe week continues… and this pickled onion recipe is the 2nd of another component to the Ploughman’s lunch recipe.
The Ploughman’s lunch (see the picture below) is a great British pub lunch dish consisting of cheeses, ham, bread, pickled onions, pickle relish and various raw vegetables of choice.
How do you make English Pickled Onions?
English Pickled Onions are so incredibly easy to make and are a great snack to have on hand as they can also be used with so many other dishes. The hardest (well, most tedious) part to this recipe is peeling the pearl onions, but I do have a “Culinary Ginger Tip” for that in the recipe.
How long do you leave pickled onions before eating them?
The onions must pickle for a few weeks so you must be patient (I know, it’s hard!).
Sealing the jars for long-term preservation
I’ve been asked a few times about using the traditional canning (long-term preserving) method of adding them to a water bath to seal the jars. This, I find can make the onions lose their crunch and the crunch is the one of the best things about these onions, which I why I don’t use this method. More below on this.
If you want to make this shelf stable for long-term use. I recommend proper canning method. This is a great beginners guide if you need it: How to Can.
To sterilize the jars:
- Place empty jars in a large pot.
- Completely cover the jars with water.
- Bring to a boil over high heat.
- Once the water reaches a full rolling boil, begin timing. Boil the jars for 15 minutes.
- Turn off the heat. If you are not quite ready to fill the sterilized jars and proceed with canning your recipe, you can leave them in the hot water for up to an hour. If you wait longer than an hour, you’ll need to sterilize them again.
The recipe fills 2-12 ounce (340 gram) jars.
If you’ve made these English Pickled Onions, please leave a comment below and let me know how the recipe turned out for you.