Wednesday, August 30, 2006

How to Make Pickled Red Onions

To make these pickled red onions,
you have to get some nice red big onions.
Use as many as you want.
One, two or many.
I think you should have two.
Then you don't have to do as much work.

Ok, peel the onions.
Next cut the ends off.
The ends of red onions sometimes look a lttle black.
Cut that part out.
Cut the onion in half.
Now slice it into thin slices.
Keep doing this till you have sliced all the onions.

If you start crying,
don't rub your eyes.
Wash your hands in cold water.
Keep the cold water running.
The crying molecules from the onion,
will be attracted to the water,
and will wash down the drain,
and somewhere downstream,
fish will be crying for no apparent reason.
But that is not your fault.
Do not feel guilty.
It is their destiny.

Before you started slicing the onions,
you should have put a pan of water on the stove.
I should have told you that.
I am truly sorry.
Cover the pan and bring it to a boil.

Now put the sliced onions in the boiling water.
They only need to be in there about a minute.
They will begin to turn pink.
Then take them out with one of those spoons with holes in it.
Or better yet use a chinese wire strainer with a bamboo handle.
Put the cooked onions in a bowl.
If your pan was small
or you had a lot of onions,
you might have to boil the onions in several batches.

Now put the onions in some mason jars.
Fill them about three quarters full.
Put one peeled and halved garlic clove in each jar.
Fill each jar about one third full with some apple cider vinegar.

Now you need to put the spices in.
I like to use the following spices.
Whole coriander seeds.
These are also called cilantro seeds.
Whole cumin seeds.
Some dried oregano.
Some dried chile flakes.
Kosher salt.
Coarse ground pepper.
Put the spices on a cutting board and roughly crush them.
Just enough to serve notice to the flavor molecules
that they have to wake up and go to work.
Put some of the spice mixture in each jar.
Also put a bay leaf in each jar.

Fill up the rest of the jar with water.
Put a lid on it.
Turn it over a couple of times to mix everything up.
Put the jars in the refridgerator.
Let it sit a day or two.
They are now ready to eat.
They will keep in the fridge for about two weeks.
If they are still there after that,
you have to ask yourself why you made them in the first place.
You are suppose to eat food that you prepare.

How do you eat them?
On pork tacos.
As a relish on hamburgers or hot dogs.
Mixed with garbanzo beans and cucumbers for a quick salad.
Out of the jar while you are watching wrestling on TV.
Eat them any way that you want to.
But do not waste them.


Blogger Patry Francis said...

But do not waste injunction to remember.

8:39 PM, September 04, 2006  
Blogger Fred Garber said...

One that I often do not live by.

9:57 AM, September 05, 2006  

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