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Honey Fermented Red Onions

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Last Updated on August 24, 2023 by Renee’

Have you ever fermented onions with honey? Me either. So I thought I would give it a try. 

My daughter loves the pickled red onions that are on the salad that she gets at Panera Bread. I wanted to make them but make them healthier so I decided to ferment them with honey. I already Ferment Red Onions with a salt brine but she likes the sweetness of the ones at Panera.

I’ve fermented garlic with honey before so why not onions? Both are great on Salads! I love adding Fermented Pickled Onions on my burgers too! 

They turned out so good. She’s begging for more.

Health Benefits:

Including fermented foods in your diet has many health benefits. Fermenting not only extends the shelf life of many foods but also may reduce the risk of many diseases, and helps to heal leaky gut. Fermenting is one of the best ways to get natural probiotics in your diet.

Raw Honey contains antioxidants (flavonoids & polyphenols), and helps to naturally reduce inflammation in the body. Raw Honey has antibacterialantiviralantiseptic, and antifungal properties, and has been used throughout civilizations as both food and medicine.

What you’ll need:

  • Red Onions (If you don’t have red you can use yellow or white onions)
  • Raw Honey (Very important that the Honey is Raw preferably local) I’m lucky that my dad has bees & we always have raw honey. 
  • Optional- Garlic Cloves

 

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Tools Needed:

 

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Directions:

  • Slice the Onions thinly using a Mandoline Slicer, Food Processor, or a Sharp Knife.
  • Pack Onions in Jar(s) tightly. Make sure that the jar(s) are completely dry & sterile.
  • Pour honey over the Onions until covered leaving 1 in. headspace.
  • Close the jar with the lid loosely and set the jar on a plate in a dark room at room temperature for a few days.
  • The honey will start bubbling within a day or two.
  • Every couple of days, screw the lid on tightly and turn the jar upside down to coat the red onions with honey. Don’t forget to screw the lid on tightly or there will be a mess.
  • Turn the jar upright, loosen the lid, and continue to ferment for up to a month.
  • Transfer onions to the refrigerator. 
  • Enjoy!

 

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Notes:

  • Make sure you use Raw Honey. It has naturally occurring yeast and bacteria that are necessary for the fermentation process to be successful.
  • Can add peeled garlic cloves also. 
  • After using/eating the onions you can use the honey to make my Homemade Cough Syrup.

*Scroll down for a printable recipe card.

 

 

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This Honey Fermented Red Onion Recipe is a staple in our home. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

More Fermented Recipes:

 

Honey Fermented Red Onions

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Ingredients

  • Red Onions
  • Raw Honey

Tools Needed:

  • Mandoline Slicer, Food Processor or Sharp Knife
  • Jars   
  • Cutting Board (if using knife)
  • Bowl to put onions in until ready to put in jars

Instructions

  1. Slice the Onions thinly using a Mandoline Slicer, Food Processor, or a Sharp Knife.
  2. Pack Onions in Jar(s) tightly. Make sure that the jar(s) are completely dry & sterile.
  3. Pour honey over the Onions until covered leaving 1 in. headspace.
  4. Close the jar with the lid loosely and set the jar on a plate in a dark room at room temperature for a few days.
  5. The honey will start bubbling within a day or two.
  6. Every couple of days, screw the lid on tightly and turn the jar upside down to coat the red onions with honey. Don’t forget to screw the lid on tightly or there will be a mess.
  7. Turn the jar upright, loosen the lid, and continue to ferment for up to a month.
  8. Transfer onions to the refrigerator. 
  9. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Make sure you use Raw Honey. It has naturally occurring yeast and bacteria that is necessary for the fermentation process to be successful.
  • Can add peeled garlic cloves also. 

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23 comments

  1. Wendy Chatterton says:

    I saw a recipe for making fermented garlic with honey and it didn’t have to be refrigerated. Why do the onions have to be refrigerated after they have fermented long enough?

    • Renee' says:

      Actually, you don’t have to refridgerate as far as I know. I just do. It slows down the fermentation. Hope that helps. I also refridgerate all my ferments. I don’t think it is necessary, I just like them cold just like my pickles.

  2. Wendy Chatterton says:

    I saw a recipe for fermented garlic with honey. And I actually have some that I ordered from a different company. And they’re really good. I know that I can make those and they don’t have to be refrigerated because of the honey, but I’m wondering why do the onions have to be refrigerated after about a month? ? I just did not realize how healthy they are for you. I’m beginning to learn this and I wanna do it.

  3. Bree says:

    Renee, I used yellow onions. I’m still waiting to try them. I was trying to make honey onion cough syrup. So this is a win win. If I’m understanding this post correctly. I can eat the onions and reserve the honey for coughs.

  4. Erika says:

    Once the honey and red onions and mixed in the jar, how long before you are able to consume it? I’ve never done this before, I apologize. We mixed them up Aug 2nd (this year).

    • Renee' says:

      Hi Erika,
      Thanks for the question! Don’t apologize, this is how we all learn. I’m still learning everyday. I usually leave mine for about 30 days. That being said, start tasting about the 2 week mark. If you like the taste then go ahead & transfer to fridge. I would definitely leave at least 2 wks. Hope this helps.

  5. Roger Moulton says:

    I think my batch of honey and yellow onions have been on the counter for two months now, will the honey and onions still be good to consume?

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