With 25 years of hospitality background, from Head Chef to Hotel Manager. Father of 1, passing on my cooking skills to the next generation. Love local food events, producers and products. Passion for outdoor cooking with my ProQ smoker. Blog about my food adventures from a chefs point of view, sometimes write opinion-based articles. Based in Exeter, Devon. Follow me: Twitter @TheLostChef_ or Facebook @TheLostChef00 or check out my YouTube channel for chilli related blogs and recipes.
There I was, in the HQ of Veg in a Box (another great local company - blog to follow soon!), purchasing some of the amazing quality fruit, veg and meat they have when co-owner Julie told me about a new product she has been putting in her well thought-out boxes of loveliness.Before I could say another word, a ball of brilliance was popped into my mouth; it turned out to be a crunchtastic pickled onion!
I haven't bought pickled onions for years as I often am very disappointed with them; normally the vinegar is so sharp it takes the enamel off your teeth or the onions so soggy it's like chewing on a wet nappy. But WOW, these are fantastic; using aspall cider vinegar, with added chilli chunks and peppercorns to help balance the acidity of the vinegar. JB Preserves have, with the use of a plump crispy onion, produced the perfect pickled onions!
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Would I recommend? Yes! The jar was eaten within a couple of days, and what was left was a vinegar that chips dream of being teased with, so nothing is wasted. I haven't had anything from the rest of their range but if the love and attention the onions have been shown goes into everything, then I look forward to buying more from them very soon.