A while ago, I won $250 worth of gift cards to Amazon from work. Jackpot, right?! Essentially that means I had $250 to spend on anything in the entire world but when I actually decided to do some online browsing, I got completely overwhelmed and had no clue where to start.
You see, when I decide to just casually “browse” around Amazon, I start looking at some nail polish and somehow end up reading reviews of car scrapers. After multiple hours of not making any real progress, I resolved to focus in on items for my kitchen that I’ve been wanting for a long time, one of them being a box of mason jars!!! I found a 12-pack right away, got them in the mail a few days later and have already made a number of really fun recipes using these glass jars.
Favorite thing that I’ve made in them so far: Homemade Pickled Red Onions! The quick way.
I’ve actually wanted to buy boxes of Mason Jars for a while so I have no clue what I was waiting for. They are awesome for a number of reasons:
1.) Glass is the safe way to go, and scientific studies support that claim! The non-porous surface of glass doesn’t absorb food and germs and it can be safely washed at high temperatures in your dishwasher. Also there are much fewer toxins and chemicals in glass containers, meaning fewer of them end up in your food.
2.) It’s environmentally friendly and if you’re not on board with the whole sustainable planet movement, you should hop on. Glass can be reused, recycled and re-purposed. Plastic… not so much.
3.) Glass jars are pretty and trendy now days! They can be used for everything from wedding centerpieces to cocktails to decorative food storage and other home projects.
And finally, you can use these jars to make an endless amount of interesting, seasonal recipes. Pickling, preserving, layered salads, dry storage… all of the things.
This recipe… I like it a lot. The process of pickling can take a while if you do it the complicated way, but since I have very little patience and I wanted pickled onions in a matter of hours to eat on my salad at dinner time, I took a little short cut. This bright, jewel-toned condiment refrigerates well and adds a zesty crunch to tons of different dishes. Even better, it only takes about 10 minutes to assemble on your own and stays fresh for a few weeks.
What will you need?
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup water + 3 cups for boiling
1 small clove of garlic, halved
1 tbsp whole black peppercorns
1 tbsp ground thyme or oregano
How do you make it?
In a medium saucepan, boil about 3 cups of water. Thinly slice your red onion and place in a sieve in your kitchen sink. When the water comes to a boil, pour it over the red onions to give them a nice, quick blanche.
In a separate bowl, combine the water and vinegar with all other seasons and whisk to allow the sugar to dissolve. Put the blanched onions in your mason jar and pour the vinegar solution over the top. Cover + refrigerate = enjoyment later.
And there you have it! I ate these in sandwiches and wraps, as well as on top of all of my salads for the past couple of weeks. In the picture below, I made a big salad with mixed greens, broccoli, avocado and some shaved parmesan.