“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Pickles „
I normally buy these pickled onions when the main brands have sold out, sometimes the silver skin ones are a bit more expensive but i often find that a stronger taste is better for me, especially as i use the empty jar of vinegar to sprinkle on my chips! These pickled onions are quite strong compared to other value supermarket brands, that's a good thing for me, the stronger the better but when it comes to size they are much smaller than the Branston and Sainsbury's ones. They are roughly the same price though, all but a few pence so i try and buy these. I personally don't mind them being a bit smaller if they are going to be soaked in good quality and strong vinegar. The big brand ones like Branston and Oak lane of course, do have an even sweeter taste. You get what you pay for. The vinegar is slightly salty but there isn't a really strong salty taste, it is sweet compared to other "value brands". The Sainsbury's value ones do actually have more vinegar in them and they fill it right to the brim so when you open the jar the whole top of the pickled onions is covered. With the Tesco ones they often stick out of the vinegar so the top ones always get soaked at the bottom and the top is out in the air of the jar. They still soak up flavour but i wanted that vinegar for my chips! The jar has some very helpful food facts on the back and since these are pretty basic vegetables drenched in what is essentially an acidic liquid, they don't have any fat or healthy nutrients other than the vitamins you get. Given the way they are kept in the jar for quite a while their nutrients seep out into the vinegar anyway so the vinegar is probably more healthy! The onions are really crunchy with a really smooth texture. Not rubbery though, they may be the value ones but they aren't chewy or rubber like in any way. Their skins often fall off in the jar and they shred themselves quite easily whereas the Branston and Oak Lane ones don't do this. You can see them just sitting on the shelf with a pile of shredded onion skins at the bottom of the jar. Overall these are pretty standard pickled onions if anything slightly sweeter than the other value brand ones but not as sweet as the big name, and more expensive brand ones.
I brought a jar of Tesco Sweet Pickled Onions last week to go with a salad and I didn't think they were very nice even though I've eaten cheap onions before and not minded them. These ones have got a proper weird taste though and they are sweet and tangy at the same time, even though that usually tastes nice I thought the combination was strange with these onions. I didn't think they were very crunchy either and the middles of them was a bit too soft for how I like my pickled onions. I am quite fussy when it comes to picked onions and love the more expensive Garners brand but like I said I will eat others and am not swayed by the label on the jar. The vinegar in these onions is really weird because of the sweetness AND tanginess of them that goes so good with other pickled onions but doesn't suit the taste of these. The onions themselves are average size and aren't too big or too small but they have absorbed so much of the vinegar that you can't hardly taste the onion at all through it. Your better off to keep these in the fridge because they're not nice at all if you serve them at room temperature, chilling them takes the edge off the tang and also makes the onions a bit crunchier which they badly need. I paid about 98p for these pickled onions and you get a big jar for that, it's a bargain if you like them but if you're a bit more picky with your onions like I am then I reckon you'll be disappointed.
Pickled onions are my favourite lunchtime accompaniament. They go very well with cheddar cheese and crusty bread. My parents always have them in the house and I have inherited that habit. I buy the tesco sweet pickled onions as they were only £1 for a huge jar of them. Ive had the jar for about a month now and Im only half way down. I thought this was great value for money, as a lot of the branded products are twice the price for a smaller jar, although they have nicer packaging. I would recommend keeping them in the fridge after opening, and they taste nicer cold as well. They taste like onion, but softer and very sweet, they are kept in vinegar so you also get that vinegar taste. They still have a slightly crunchy texture but not too much. If you eat one whole then its a bit too much but cut in half they are perfect. They are a lot smaller than raw onions, like a bitesize version, which is why they are good as an accompaniament. They are definately a bit like marmite, you either love them or hate them! A jar of these onions would definately keep a family of four in pickled onions for a month. You can also get spicy ones, but I find them a bit too much and too spicy. I find they burn your lips and arent very pleasant at all. The sweet ones just taste of onion which is how I like them. They are a must at the xmas afternoon tea table, my family couldnt have Christmas or Easter without them!