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December 23, 2017 Fermenting, Pickling, Recipes

Fermented Radish and Onion Pickles

Excerpted from Ferment Your Vegetables by Amanda Feifer (Fair Winds Press, October 2015).

In a pretty foolproof process, radish pickles remain an especially easy first step. I always have a jar of plain radish pickles fermenting at my house, simply because they’re so easy to make and taste so good that we tend to eat the whole jar very quickly. These make a great base for gluten-free, lowcarb, paleo, and vegan appetizers, but to be honest, I usually just eat them French style, topped with a bit of cultured butter or entirely without adornment.

Foolproof Radish and Onion Pickles[5]


1/2 pound (230 g) large radishes, trimmed and unpeeled
1/2 small onion (50 g), peeled and sliced into thin rounds
1 1/2 teaspoons (9 g) kosher salt
1 cup (235 ml) water

Cut any soft or visually unappealing parts out of the radishes, but leave as much as possible intact. Slice into ¼-inch (0.5 cm) thick rounds. Layer radish and onion slices into a wide-mouth pint (450 g) jar. There should be an inch (2.5 cm) of space between the radishes and the rim of the jar once they’re all in.

Mix the salt and water until dissolved and pour this brine over the radishes, ensuring that there is a thin layer of brine over the vegetables. You may need to push the radishes down with a clean finger to gauge the fullness of the jar. Using your preferred method, submerge your veggies (we use pickle pebbles to keep veggies submerged) and cover your jar.

Place your jar on a small plate or bowl and allow to ferment at room temperature for 6 days to 2 weeks.

Once fermented, remove the weight, secure the lid, and place the jar in the fridge. Enjoy chilled.

Yield: 1 pint (450 g)

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Post a Comment

  1. Patt Posted January 8, 2018 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    Your instructions say nothing about putting a weight in the jar. What do you use?

    • Fillmore Container Posted January 12, 2018 at 11:00 am | Permalink

      Hi Patt,
      We use pickle pebbles to keep veggies submerged. I’ve updated the instructions with this tip. Thanks for letting us know the instructions were missing this detail.

  2. Ida Posted February 5, 2020 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    In the second paragraph when you say cover the jar, do you mean with the jar lid on tight or loose or with a cloth or with some kind of special pickling lid?

    • Fillmore Container Posted February 6, 2020 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

      Good question Ida! At the start of that sentence, it mentions using your preferred fermentation method…which means that you may choose to use something specifically for fermenting (like an air lock or pickle pipe) or cover it with a cloth…whichever method you are most comfortable with. We do carry those items, but they aren’t an absolute necessity.