Julz van der Merwe
2 1/2 kg pickling onions
450 g brown sugar
1 1/4 liters vinegar
15 g ground cloves
15 g ground allspice
2 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons curry powder
2 teaspoons turmeric
Peel all the onions. Without boiling heat the vinegar and sugar and stir till sugar is dissolved.. Stir in other dry ingredients (except for onions) which have been mixed with a little cold vinegar.
Boil until it thickens.. Pat dry onions, put in jars and fill jars with the sauce. Keep three weeks before using
Homemade pickled onions
1 kilogram pickling onion, peeled
3 tbsp salt
2.5 ml whole coriander seeds
3 ml whole mustard seeds
3 ml black peppercorns
2 red chillies
4 cups vinegar
300 ml sugar cubes
Makes 3 to 4 500ml jars.
Toss onions and salt together and leave overnight.
Rinse onions under cool running water.
Place spices, chillies, vinegar and sugar into a large stainless steel saucepan.
Simmer to dissolve sugar.
Add onions and cook for 4 minutes.
Pack onions into sterilised jars.
Add liquid to fill jars and ensure each jar has an equal number of spices and no air pockets.
Cool and seal tightly.
Pickled Red Onions Recipe
•500g red onions (about 2 med or 1 large), thinly sliced
•1 1/2 cups white vinegar
•1/2 cup sugar
•1/2 cinnamon stick
•1 bay leaf
•1 star anise
•Dash red pepper flakes
More spices (optional): Fresh ginger slices, allspice berries, oregano, garlic, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, pickle spices.
1 Blanch red onions in a saucepan of boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain in colander.
2 While the water is heating in step 1, in a separate saucepan combine the vinegar, sugar and spices. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
3 Add blanched, drained onions to the vinegar mixture. Simmer for 1 minute.
4 Transfer to a glass jar. Allow to stand until cooled. Will keep several weeks refrigerated.