Crunchy Pickled Onions are bright, crunchy & super delicious! Best Healthy Recipe doesn’t only taste good but makes a perfect add-on to your dish.
I was always familiar with many sorts of pickles like mixed vegetables, pickled eggplant my favorite, wild cucumber, and tomatoes. I always loved adding pickles to my salads, meals, or sandwiches. However, recently, my sister decided to introduce me to pickled onions and I can’t believe that I didn’t tick them on my pickles bucket list until now!
The process of pickling the onion is a very quick easy recipe. You will need to chop the onions in the shape you want first. I usually cut them in wings. Once you add the chopped onion into the jar, add over sugar and salt as per the quantity mentioned in the recipe below. Then prepare equal amounts of water and vinegar and add them to the onions. The onions will then get pickled as they stay for a day in the brine bath.
None of the onions is better than the other. My sister encouraged me to use the brown onion as she is used to pickling that type. However, I always opt to pickle the red onion, to get this pinky/purple color at the end. Do not worry, you will get tasty crunchy pickled onions no matter which onion you opt for.
Sugar helps the flavor of any pickle get milder. It balanced the acidity and saltiness of both vinegar and salt, to make pickles more edible. Sugar is known as well as a natural preservative that helps pickles last longer. Some people would like to go for a natural sweetener i.e. honey or maple syrup, and that’s fine as long as they are happy with the taste.
Salt helps take out the excess water in the vegetables. This prevents vegetables from being infected by microorganisms and refrains bacteria from multiplying, providing pickles with a long shelf life.
Vinegar is the most important ingredient that constitutes the brine bath. As per PreserveandPickle.com, it is primarily the pH or acidity of vinegar that inhibits bacterial growth and this process is most commonly called pickling.
While I suggested in my recipe below to use white vinegar, this is not a rule. You may opt for example for apple cider vinegar as long as you consider its sweetness and balance the amount of your added sugar accordingly. You may as well opt for any other vinegar of your choice.
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Pickles usually last for a long period. Store-bought pickles have a longer shelf life due to the added preservatives they carry. Homemade onion pickles can last for a month. They may even last longer if they are kept in the fridge.
Watch this quick video to learn how to prepare pickled onions:
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Pickled onions are a new pickles trend. This recipe is very simple, and quick and most importantly gives you an indulging experience with super crunchy pickled onion that you can have with almost all your meals.
It is better to keep onions thick as you cut them. When they become pickled they will be loose and smaller in size. Thicker onions will give you a better taste experience.
This recipe is the basic onion pickles recipe. However, feel free to add different flavors to your pickles. You may add garlic or any seasoning of your choice.
If you like the spicy flavorful, why not adding chili peppers or jalapeños to your pickles. I promise you great results!
Calories: 4 kcal per serving | Serving size: 1 tbsp | Number of servings: 20
Total Fat 0 g | Saturated Fat 0 g | Cholesterol 0 mg | Sodium 117 mg | Potassium 0 mg | Total Carbohydrate 1 g | Dietary Fiber 0 g | Sugars 1 g | Protein 0 g | Vitamin A: 0% | Vitamin C: 1% | Calcium: 0% | Iron: 0%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet