Thursday, March 24, 2011

Accompaniments: Pickled Cipollini Onions

Okay, so I probably put too much thyme.  One sprig was more than sufficient, but look how pretty it looks in the jar.  Its like a little a plant with vines growing around smooth stones.  I love pickles and, truthfully, I love making them too.  Somehow it makes me feel both crafty and economical.  It appeals to my "no-waste" philosophy of living.  However, I so wanted to make these that I bought the onions for this purpose rather than them being leftover onions I decided to pickle.

Unlike most of the pickles I have made in the past, these are a short life pickle.  According to the original recipe I found the shelf life is about two to three weeks. I usually use a white vinegar diluted with water when pickling with a generous amount of salt as well.  In the few recipes I found for pickles that have a shorter shelf life, the vinegar of choice is a white wine vinegar, with less salt but more generous amounts of sugar (something I always leave out of my pickle recipes entirely) and a touch of oil.  Note: no water.
As you might expect, the result was a milder, less acidic taste with just a hint of sweetness.

Recipe adapted from Fine Cooking Issue February - March 2011

  • 3/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 clove of garlic ( I used 2 small) peeled 
  • 1 hot chili pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • as many cipollini onions as you can fit in a 1pint jar (peeled)
  • 1 sprig of thyme
Cram the thyme and onions in your sterilized glass jar until you can't fit any more. Put all other ingredients into a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Pour the liquid over he onions in the jar.  Tuck in your chili pepper, bay leaf and garlic cloves.  Open in two days.


  1. that does look nice in the jar - these would make excellent little gifts.

  2. this looks ever so soft (like your designs and jewellery :) compared to our fiesty flaring red colored pickles!!

  3. You can use balsamic vinegar in place of white wine vinegar, too.

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