47 - Pickled Red Onions 🧅

  
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📍 Introduction: 

Pickled red onions are a secret weapon of an organized home chef. Tangy, sweet, and a little crunchy, they help brighten & sharpen the flavor of whatever they are added to. Given their short prep time (~ 5 minutes) and long shelf life (a few weeks in the fridge), this condiment registers as seriously high leverage. Go ahead and try adding these to salads, sandwiches, tacos, grain bowls, meat dishes, & more. We bet you’ll be adding this to your meal prep repertoire in no time. 

🧂 Ingredients:

*Note: these are approximate ratios; recipes vary (see examples below)   

  • Red onion (medium or 2 smalls)

  • Vinegar - 3/4 cup 

  • Water - ½ cup

  • Sugar - 2 tbsp 

  • Salt - 1 tsp 

  • Peppercorns (optional) 

  • Garlic cloves (optional) 

✅ Instructions: 

  1. Slice onion(s) thinly

  2. Boil the water, pour over salt and sugar in the jar to dissolve 

  3. Add other ingredients  

  4. Chill & store in the fridge (up to a few weeks) 

📝 Notes Tips & Tricks

  • If you struggle to slice thinly, consider using a mandoline

  • Slice the onions into rings for easiest retrieval from the jar 

  • Sugar cuts the acidity, but if you prefer to avoid it honey or other substitutes work too

  • For vinegar stick with pale-colored (e.g., rice, white wine, white distilled, apple cider); you can also mix and match

  • Glass jars work well. To reduce waste, clean and reuse purchased condiment jars 

  • Additional flavoring options include: bay leaf, herbs (e.g., rosemary, oregano), orange peel, spices (e.g., cloves, star anise, cinnamon), ginger - get creative! 👩‍🎨

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