Crisp slices of red onion are marinated in a mixture of citrus juice, white wine vinegar, salt, pepper and allspice until tart and tender. Charred jalapeño and bay leaves are added to the mix to bump up the savory spice factor.
These pickles are fantastic in so many things! I like doing pickled onions as a Winter project when fresh fruits become scarce. Some of my family members get genuinely excited when these pickles appear in their holiday gift bags.
Farmers’ markets are purging the last of the vernal goodies, and purple spring onions and sweet brine make swell bedfellows. Rows of rosy pink jars are an instant gratifier on a freshly-dusted pantry shelf.
When life gives you more fresh herring than you can eat, you pickle them! This style of pickle is a Swedish one called glassblower's herring (no idea why). No fresh herring? You can make this with salted herring, too.
I drink the brine on this one. I kid you not. This is a super old-fashioned pickle so self consciously retro that it’s modern again—ready for its place on your Aunt Bitty’s relish tray alongside the three-bean salad and the pickled beets.