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Which vinegar for pickling?

Hello, I would like to quick pickle onions and cucumbers as I found some recipes (American). I do love pickles but I find they have too much sugar and are quite expensive, it seems easy to do your own. 

The recipes call for white vinegar. I cannot find white vinegar online on the biggest supermarkets, only found it on Amazon, but very expensive, I mean vinegar should be cheap. 

Which vinegar do you use for pickling are malted or white wine vinegar any good? 



  • Sandtree
    Sandtree Posts: 10,628 Forumite
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    Depends what you are going for... most our pickles (beetroot, mushrooms, cucumber) tend to be lighter pickle and so use cider vinegar. If doing a rapid pickle like red onion slices will normally use a wine vinegar. 

    For classic pickled onions or eggs etc then it'd be Malt vinegar (white/distilled or normal)... Tesco's sell "white" vinegar but they call it distilled vinegar... its just the colourless version of malt vinegar
  • Yellow40
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    I find a recipe on BBC good and they still called for white vinegar… my first attempt I used apple cider vinegar (with the mother) and rice vinegar because it was what I had at home, didn’t like it. I’m going to try with the white malt vinegar I just saw on Asda online next time then. Thanks 

  • -taff
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    White vinegar is just clear vinegar, as above, called distilled here, you can buy it in 5ltr containers if you like. Use whatever you like. A very quick pickle can be made with thinly sliced [ think mandolin] cucumbers and half wine vinegar, half water, same with thinly sliced onions. The finer the slice, the quicker it pickles.

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  • gran3
    gran3 Posts: 239 Forumite
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    Distilled is about 29p for 500ml in tesco
  • Yellow40
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    Thank you very much! 
  • RAS
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    Also available in Aldi, mixed in with the bottles of malt vinegar.
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