Pickling: Red Onions & Peppercorns

 

Pickling is possibly the easiest and fastest way to transform your foods. This method, in particular, for pickling red onions takes about 10 minutes (of work) for crunchy, acidic, and sweet onions that will last up to a month in the refrigerator.

The best part about pickling is that, unlike canning, you don’t need to sterilize your glass jar or worry tremendously about bacterial growth (as you’ll be storing these in the refrigerator). You also don’t need to worry so much about the science and mechanisms taking place behind the scenes, as you do with fermentation or baking. Because unlike those two things, you aren’t relying on a chemical reaction for the end product and you can shift the ratios to best satiate your palate.

Personally, I would suggest keeping a 2:1 vinegar to water ratio, but playing around with salt and sugar levels, adding in a habanero pepper, using szechuan peppercorns, …  is up to you!

 

 

Pickled Red Onions

Gather [materials]:

  • chef’s knife or mandoline
  • canning jar

Gather [ingredients]:

  • 2 medium red onions
  • 1 c apple cider vinegar (optional: substitute with white vinegar)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 c water
  • optional: 1/2 tsp black peppercorns

 

Instructions:

Prep the onions: Thinly slice onions according to personal preference. I prefer to cut the onion in half, length-wise, slicing through the root. Taking one half I, with a chef’s knife snip off the root and tunic ends. Then, slicing perpendicular to the root and tunic removal cuts, I slice from tunic to root. This creates even slices and allows for better control as I move through slicing. Control = even-sized slices = uniform pickling.

Pack onions into jar. The jar should be full, but not overwhelmed by the amount of onion.

For the brine: Add apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt, water, and optional peppercorns to a small saucepan. Simmer gently, until all sugar and salt are dissolved.

Pour the saucepan brine into the jar and over the prepped onions. If using a canning jar, put on the lid and give the jar a quick shake to ensure all onions are covered. Unscrew lid and allow to cool, uncovered. Once cool, transfer to the refrigerator for long term storage.

For quick pickling, wait 45-60 minutes.

For more vigorous pickling, allow several days.

 

Pickled Red Onions

  • 2 red onions (medium)
  • 1 c apple cider vinegar ((optional: substitute with white vinegar))
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1/2 tsp black peppercorns ((optional))
  1. Prep the onions: Thinly slice onions according to personal preference.

  2. Pack onions into jar. The jar should be full, but not overwhelmed by the amount of onion.

  3. For the brine: Add apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt, water, and optional peppercorns to a small saucepan. Simmer gently, until all sugar and salt are dissolved.

  4. Pour the saucepan brine into the jar and over the prepped onions. If using a canning jar, put on the lid and give the jar a quick shake to ensure all onions are covered. Unscrew lid and allow to cool, uncovered. Once cool, transfer to the refrigerator for long term storage.

For quick pickling, wait 45-60 minutes.

For more vigorous pickling, allow several days.

Store, refrigerated, for up to one month.

 

An Afternoon in Georgetown {Washington, DC}

90 degree heat with 90% humidity means I’m wearing as little as possible. This floral dress by Sanctuary is perfect for DC summers, light and floaty with a silhouette that hangs away from the body. I realized after shooting for over an hour that I had absolutely zero accessories, but honestly I love it like this. The only additional item I would add is that Calvin Klein Lynn backpack I was carrying all weekend (here’s a dupe from Aldo), frankly it’s too hot for much more.

I’m absolutely obsessed with the brick walls of Georgetown (as well as the shops) and had a great time running around the residential neighborhoods, dipping into the shop along M Street, and (of course) visiting the exorcist stairs.

Dress: SANCTUARY

Shoes : ADIDAS | Advantage Sneaker *white

Bag: CALVIN KLEIN | Lynn Backpack *cashew & gold

Downtown in the District of Columbia

How is it already summer? Three weeks ago we were all wearing long coats and blasting the heat and today the high is 80 degrees. If it walks like global warming and it talks like global warming…. Am I right?

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Despite the freak warm/cold whiplash from earlier in the season this past weekend was beautiful in the 70s each day and K and I took full advantage. I was plagued with a persistent headache all weekend (and therefore not in the mood to bounce around a HIIT work out) so we took to long walks, about 6 miles each day, meandering around downtown DC on Saturday and up to NW DC on Sunday. We strolled through a few museums, ate from food trucks, and stopped into our favorite camera shop for a crash course in a new wide angle lens we’re contemplating.

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With all the walking I forwent the heels this weekend and opted for my tried and true Adidas Stan Smiths — I’m due for a new pair any day now! And as someone who’s chilly until it’s 90*F I also took this weekend as a the perfect time to breakout my favorite jumpsuit. I magically found this beauty in a DC thrift shop years ago and it fits like a dream (finding a full body suit that fits my 5’2″ frame and still accommodates a 32″ inseam is no easy feat). I kept accessories minimal with my staple silver bangles, a vintage Dooney & Burke belt bag, and these awesome shades I snagged off Amazon. That plus my humidity-induced poodle curls rounded out the perfect run-around town style.

Jumpsuit: Vintage

Shoes : ADIDAS | Originals Stan Smith Sneakers *white

Sunglasses: DOLLGER | John Lennon Steampunk Sunglasses *silver w/ mirror lenses

Belt Bag: DOONEY & BURKE | Vintage

Bangles: Maple & J | The MJ

Graphic Tee & Athleisure

The past few weeks have been non-stop so this weekend K and I decided to take it slow and do a little exploring in our own backyard (meaning we went for a 2 hour long walk around Northwest DC. I’m all about practical dress and keeping things easy, breezy when you’re committing to several miles of wandering. I broke out my favorite graphic tee and high-waisted athleisure shorts, which proved to be the perfect pair.

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This band shirt is one of my all time favorites. I used to work in a bar that was across the street from a steam-punk thrift store. After a spell of freak DC weather the day went from freezing to swelteringly hot and I was stuck in a sweater. I ducked into the store to grab ANYTHING and in a bargain bin in the back, for $5 I found this awesome Rocket Reducers shirt from their May 2010 USA tour. I lived in it for about a week, something about old band shirts are completely irresistible to me.

 

Shirt: Vintage Band Shirt

Shorts: LULULEMON

Shoes : ADIDAS | Originals Stan Smith Sneakers *white

Sunglasses : RAY-BAN | Original Wayfarer 50mm *black