Choosing the Right Vinegar - 🥒 Perfect Pickling Pair

When it comes to pickling onions, the best vinegar to use is distilled white vinegar. It's clear, which allows the natural color of the onions to shine through, and it has a sharp acidity that can balance the sweetness of the onions. However, other types of vinegar like apple cider vinegar or malt vinegar can also be used, depending on your flavor preference.

Craft Your Own Pickling Vinegar for a Personal Touch 🍶

Creating your own pickling vinegar is a great way to add a personalized touch to your homemade pickled onions. The process is simple and it allows you to experiment with different flavors. Here's a basic pickling vinegar recipe:

DIY Pickling Vinegar

You will need:

  • distilled white vinegar2 cups distilled white vinegar
  • sugar1 tablespoon sugar
  • salt1 teaspoon salt
  • peppercorns garlic cloves dried chili peppersOptional flavorings: peppercorns, garlic cloves, dried chili peppers


  1. Start by combining the vinegar, sugar, and salt in a saucepan.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring until the sugar and salt are completely dissolved.
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add your choice of optional flavorings.
  4. Let the mixture cool down before using it in your pickling onions recipe.


Remember, the vinegar you choose will greatly impact the taste of your pickled onions. So, feel free to experiment with different flavors.

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Remember, the vinegar you choose will greatly impact the taste of your pickled onions. So, feel free to experiment with other types of vinegar and flavorings until you find your perfect blend.

Let's Create Delicious Homemade Pickled Onions Together! 🧅

Now that you know what vinegar to use and how to make your own pickling vinegar, it's time to put it all together. Here's a simple step-by-step guide on how to make homemade pickled onions:

Let's dive into the process of making your own pickled onions at home. Follow these easy steps:

Mastering the Art of Pickling Onions

Hand peeling and slicing onions on a cutting board.
Step 1: Prepare the Onions
Peel your onions, then slice them into your desired thickness. This will help them absorb the pickling vinegar more effectively.
Ingredients in a saucepan being stirred.
Step 2: Create Your Pickling Vinegar
In a saucepan, combine 2 cups of distilled white vinegar, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Bring this mixture to a boil, stirring until the sugar and salt dissolve. You can add optional flavorings like peppercorns, garlic cloves, or dried chili peppers. Let the mixture cool before proceeding to the next step.
Sliced onions being packed into a glass jar.
Step 3: Pack the Onions Tightly
Pack your sliced onions tightly into a sterilized jar. This will ensure that they are fully submerged in the pickling vinegar.
Pouring vinegar over onions in a jar.
Step 4: Submerge the Onions in Vinegar
Pour the cooled pickling vinegar over the onions, making sure they are fully submerged. This will allow the onions to absorb the vinegar and take on its flavor.
Sealed jar being placed in a refrigerator.
Step 5: Seal and Refrigerate
Seal the jar tightly and refrigerate it for at least 24 hours before eating. This will give the onions enough time to pickle properly.

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And there you have it! Your homemade pickled onions are ready to enjoy. Remember, pickling is a versatile process, so feel free to experiment with different types of vinegar and flavorings. Happy pickling!

If you're looking for more tips and recipes for pickling other types of vegetables, you might find this helpful: What are some tips and recipes for pickling vegetables from my garden?

Exploring Other Vinegar Varieties for Pickling Adventures 🍇

While distilled white vinegar is the most commonly used vinegar for pickling onions, there are other options you can try for different flavor profiles. For example, apple cider vinegar provides a fruity tang, malt vinegar has a robust, full-bodied flavor, and wine vinegar offers a mellow, subtle taste. If you're curious, you can read about the use of wine vinegar in pickling here: Can I use white wine vinegar instead of white distilled vinegar to make pickles?

Must-Have Supplies for Your Pickling Endeavors 🛠️

Pickling requires a few essential supplies, including jars, lids, a canning funnel, and a jar lifter. Here are some recommendations for getting started:

And there you have it! You're now equipped with the knowledge of the best vinegar for pickling onions and how to make your own pickling vinegar. Happy pickling!

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Tom Bennett
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Tom Bennett is a DIY enthusiast who loves to build and modify canning equipment. He enjoys writing about his projects and teaching others how to make their own canning tools.