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1.8kg/4 lb Pickling Onions (unpeeled)

675g/1 lb Salt

1.1L/2pts White Vinegar

2 teasp Salt

2 teasp Ground Ginger

1 teasp Allspice Berries

1   teaspoons Cloves

5cm/2 inch Cinnamon Stick

6 Peppercorns



1. Place the unpeeled onions in a large bowl, sprinkle over the salt and cover with water. Cover the bowl with a plate and set aside for 2 days, stirring occasionally.


2. Prepare the jars (see notes below)


3. Drain and peel the onions, return to the bowl, cover with boiling water, set aside for 3 minutes, then drain again. Repeat the process twice more, then pack the onions into hot  jars (see notes below).


4. Place the remaining ingredients in a saucepan and bring slowly to the boil.


5. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.


6. Allow to cool slightly, then pour over the onions in the jars making sure they are completely covered (see notes below).


7. Cover seal and label (see notes below).



Notes:    see also General preparations


Jars - Use jars which are free from cracks, chips or flaws the best sizes to use are 450g/1lb although 1kg/2lb jars can be successfully used for pickling vegetables.  Prepare the jars by washing well in warm soapy water and rinsing thoroughly. Dry the jars in a cool oven (140C, 275F, Gas Mark 1).  Fill whilst still warm.


Filling the jars  Fill with the vegetables to within 2.5cm/1 inch of the top. Pour over the preserving liquid (vinegar,  alcohol etc., to within 1cm/ inch of the top, making sure the vegetables are completely covered with the liquid. Whilst still hot, cover with a waxed disc (wax side down), Immediately  place a cellophane disc over the top then cover with a screw top lid.


Storage Store in a cool dark place for 2-3 months before consuming.











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Key techniques required to make this recipe


Boil - To bring a liquid to boiling temperature and to maintain it throughout the cooking time.


Chop to To cut into pieces of approximately the same size


Slice to -  To cut food, such as bread, meat, fish or vegetables, into flat pieces of varying thickness.


Tips, Options and Substitutions

 See above

Main equipment required to make this recipe


Chopping Knife

Chopping Board


Wooden or Plastic Spoon

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