Recipe: Pickled Onions

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Try this recipe for pickled onions and you’ll never buy shop ones again


  • 4 lb. (2kg) pickling onions
  • one and a half pounds (675g) salt
  • 2 pints (one and a quarter litres) white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons (10ml) salt
  • 2 teaspoons (10ml) ground ginger
  • one and a half teaspoons allspice berries
  • one and a hlaf teaspoons (cloves
  • 2 inch (5cm) cinnamon stick
  • 6 peppercorns
  • Cooking Instructions:

    1. Put the unpeeled onions in a large bowl and sprinkle over the salt
    2. Cover with water, cover and set aside for 2 days, stirring occasionally
    3. Drain and peel the onions
    4. Cover with boiling water, set aside for 3 minutes, then drain again
    5. Repeat the process twice more, then pack the onions into hot, sterilized jars
    6. Put all the remaining ingredients into a saucepan and bring slowly to the boil
    7. Simmer for 10 minutes, then strain over the onions to within half an inch (1.25cm) of top
    8. Seal and label jars

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