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      24.03.2010 12:35
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      WHY THESE PICKLES ARE TRULY AMAZING.

      When I was growing up my gorgeous grandfather always made pickled onions at Christmas. I can still taste the darkness of the malt vinegar against the sweet brown sugar that he added to his onions. The crunchy texture of the pickle and the burst of delicious flavour that filled your mouth with every crunch.

      Sadly my Grandfather is no longer with us. Every year I struggle to find a pickled onion that is acceptable, never mind in the same league has his pickles. This was until I discovered Garners original pickled onions.

      Now as pickled onions go, these are on the more expensive end of the market. However I certainly believe that these pickled onions are worth paying that bit extra for. They are about £2.80 in price for a small 475g jar (240g) when drained. Although this is quite expensive, I think that the quality of these pickles is so high, it is a price worth paying.

      The glass jar is very simplistic in regards to packaging. It has a homemade, farmhouse feel to it. With a simple garners pickled onion label. What is so attractive about this jar though, is that you can see the deep brown pickled onions on offer. The dark strong vinegar is almost enough to make your mouth water.

      When opening the jar, you will get an instant hit of a sweet, yet tarte vinegar smell. The malt of the vinegar is very distinctive and lingers in the air deliciously. The pickles themselves are of a good size. They are full of intense tangy flavour which simply make your taste buds explode.

      If you dont like strong pickles, then Im afraid these won't be your cup of tea. But if like me you love a good old fashioned deep and flavoursome pickled onion then you will love these. These pickles are delicious on their own. But they really add a great depth to any meat or sandwhich.

      I really can not recommend these pickled onions enough. I would urge you to sample them, as I know you will not be disappointed. They are the best shop bought pickled onions I have ever tasted. The onions are crunchy in texture and not soft and limp like some other pickles on the market.

      Im sure if my grandfather was still around he would have loved these pickles with a chunk of mature cheese. With that thought I will end this review. Just go and buy them your taste buds deserve a blast!!

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        11.03.2010 11:53
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        Amazing Onions.

        I bought these pickled onions by chance once, and I will now never by any other brand.

        These onions are amazing, I don't know if it's the onions themselves or the vinegar they use but they taste beautiful.

        I don't get to eat pickled onions very often as they are so stinky, and my husband hates them, and these are particularly potent, but they are so good.

        A jar of these costs about £2.20 for 450g or £3.50 for 750g, personally I buy the small jars as I don't eat them too often they last ages. The price is a tad more expensive than other brands of pickled onions but the quality of these is really worth the price.

        The taste of the onions is great. They are quite sweet, but with a bit of a kick, and the vinegar they are in has loads of flavour too. They are mega crunchy, like all good pickled onions should be. All of them are a good size I have never come across a tiny one in these jars, and some of them are a bit too big, but I don't mind that.

        I think the crunch of these is really important, so many times I have bought pickled onions and they have been sloppy and soft, and it's so disappointing, but if you buy these every onion is crunchy and sweet.

        If you like pickled onions, these are definitely a must, once you have tried them you will never go back.

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          05.10.2009 15:19
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          These Might Be Expensive But They Are Worth Every Penny

          Garner's make the best pickled onions, they're one of the most expensive in the shop but are sooo worth it because they're so good!

          They are called Original Old Fashioned picked onions and I agree with that because they taste a bit home made and the onions are massive compared to the Tesco picked onions we sometimes buy.

          These onions have the best crunch out of any pickled onion and because they are big you will probably have to bite them in half and they taste dead fresh when you bite them. I love it with these that you can taste the onion because a lot of pickled onions you can only taste the vinegar but with Garner's the sweet and sour flavours of the onion come through strong through the vinegar.

          The vinegar is wicked. It's spiced to be quite tangy but it's quite a smooth vinegar at the same time and doesn't taste madly harsh like some do. It goes so good with the onions that even though they are 2 very strong flavours they don't feel like you are eating proper harsh food because that puts me off pickled onions sometimes when we've got other brands in the fridge.

          I think these taste more natural than some of the pickled onions I've eaten as well. They don't taste like chemicals or have that weird synthetic bitter flavour that some do and I reckon I could eat the whole jar without getting heartburn! They're wicked chopped up on a baguette with some cheese as well and whenever my mum does a Ploughmans lunch she always buys these to go on the plate even if there's already a jar of pickled onions in the fridge.

          They are £1.90 a jar and I know that's dear for pickled onions when you can get the same size jar for 79p but these are worth it because they're yummy!

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          11.09.2009 17:23
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          my tip for openning the lid, and yes will recommend these to all you dooyoo ers

          GARNER,S ORIGINAL PICKLED ONIONS.



          What a great pickled onion, and having usually brought the supermarkets own brand, i found these quite by mistake, at my boyfriends house, and having made some french bread, with nice sliced gammon ham with breadcrumbs, and tomatos off the vine, decided to open these and give them a try.

          The Jar**********

          Looks very traditional (old Fashioned) even, with the screw off lid and the lovely dark vinegar showing through the jar, with these average sized onions and the label is in white with the words Garner,s written in old english writing and it is written in black against the white background.

          The Taste**********

          Well what a lovely pickled onion, it didnt taste soggy like the supermarkets own brands sometimes do, had a lovely crunch and a nice vinegary taste without being so hot that it made your mouth sore.

          And the skin didnt slip off where it had got soggy like some others i had eaten, made me think of a hot summers day, sitting oputside an old englis pub with a half pint of traditional ale, and a nice plated ploughmans, (wheres the Summer gone) i say with a sigh.

          Yes truly recommend these they are a great pickle to serve with a sandwich or just on the edge of a plated meal, salad or ploughmans..i loved them, yes they are a little bit expensive just under £2.00 for a 454grams jar but boy are they worth five of the others...and i am definetely going to buy some more, as they keep for ages.

          My tip **********

          As with most of these jars i have trouble openning these, and if my strong son or man are not around, i usually run the lid under very hot water...this works.
          Or i get a fork and release a little of the air under the lid, then they pop off with ease.

          Thanks for reading and rating my reviews xx.

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          13.07.2009 14:38
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          Worth paying a bit more for

          Garners 'Original' Pickled Onions

          I've got a friend who likes pickled eggs (yuk) and I've got another one who likes Gherkin's (with his fish and chips). I'm not too fond of either but I do like the occasional pickled onion.

          In an effort to save money I recently tried a jar of 'supermarket own brand' pickled onions and have to say I wasn't that impressed. I don't eat that many pickled onions but when I do I don't want 'crunchless', soggy, tasteless onions the size of golf balls soaked in overpowering vinegar. Garner's is thankfully a different experience their onions are brusting with flavour, have a crunch and the malt vinegar is not too overpowering.


          The Jar

          I brought the 454g (230g) Garner's jar from Sainbury for £1.95. In addition to the 'Original' onions Garner's also produce : Sweet pickled onions, Silverskin onions and Pickled Shallots. The 'original' pickled onion bottle has a white label with 'Garner's in raised italics, this looks great against the colour of the barley vinegar and gives it that 'quality' look and traditional appeal.....unlike the supermarket 'brand own' Iwhich has the most unappealing apperance, the jars of which look like those 'aquaruims'( where the Gherkin lives) at the local fish n chip shop.


          The Crunch

          Unlike the 'brand own' pickled onions which i tried Garner's onions have a discernable 'crunch', are smaller in size and sweeter in taste. The barley malt vinger and spices are balanced perfectly, the onions are so succulent that you can feel the onions layers almost unroll in your mouth, the combination of sweetness of the onion, bitterness of the vingar combined with the spices is sublime. It's just a more pleasant experience than the cheapo vesion. It's truely a reflection of that adage 'you get what you pay for', Garner's aren't the cheapest but they are tasty.

          In addition to Garner's I also love onion flavoured monster munch, when I was younger i'd conbine these two 'loves' by playing table foot ball using monster munch feet and a 'small' pickled onion as a football, unfortunately the feet use to disintegrate and someone would inevitably end up eating the pickle :-)

          In conclusion... if you want tasty pickled onions pay the extra and buy these.

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            16.08.2008 17:03
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            Worth paying a little extra for, tast the quality!

            I don't know about you but when me and my family go shopping we are easily swayed. Like we go looking for Muller Light Yogurts but if there's a special offer on something else we get them instead. However some things in life we know what we like. Mum called me the other day while I was out and about shopping and she asked me to get pickled onions. The brand is none negotiable. It's these. If these arnt available we don't get any others. It has to be these or nothing at all in my home.

            In my house me and my parents eat a jar of these a week. Accompanying a sandwich or a piece of pork pie when drunk we all love them lol

            The Packaging....

            I am reviewing Garners Original Pickled onions but you can also shallots. The product I'm reviewing is available in the size we buy (454g) and in 750g size. They come in a clear glass jar with silver screw on/off lid which is tin. the label on the jar is clear and on the front it is white and in black lettering I'm told they are Garners (the ultimate taste & crunch), Original Pickled Onions, Specially selected ingredients hand pickled for quality. On one side of the jar I'm given a list of ingredients and told they are suitable for vegetarians & vegans and contact details for Garners and a bar-code. On the other side of the jar I'm told a bit about the product, size is stated and best before date is clearly given.

            About The Product....

            'The onion lover's favourite. Specially selected prime onions are pickled the traditional way in our unique recipe using a blend of strong malty vinegar and spices to give a deep tangy distinctive flavour and that all important crunch'.

            The Pickles....

            Lots of small onions in a very dark brown liquid is what greets the eyes first through the see through the jar. Pop off the lid your nose is greeted by a very strong malty sour smell. After your hit by that you can start to smell a blend of spices although I can't pick any out in particular and none are listed on the jar.

            The brown liquid is of course a really dark and murky vinegar and the longer you keep them the darker the liquid seems to get and the more onions you eat out of the jar the more they seem to vanish in the colour. The liquid has no bits in there and the onions are so good quality they don't disintegrate and lose skins in it.

            The onions are (in my experience) all very small. Again they start off brown but the longer you keep them the more vinegar they absorb and the darker in colour they get. Where this really is a clever little pickle is that although they do absorb alot of vinegar (give the onion a squeeze and loads oozes out) they still really do keep their promised crunch even after opening a jar and leaving them in the fridge or cupboard for a few weeks). They taste lovely (providing you like pickled onions!, are nicely salted with a hint of sour and so much nicer than other brands! They don't stink the house out though sorry peeps you do get pickled onion breath lol

            Recommended, they're really good!

            Ingredients....

            Onions, Malt Vinegar from barley (contains colour: malt extract), Sugar, sea Salt, Spices.

            No nutritional information or allergy advice is given on the jar or the website.

            Available in most good supermarkets.

            454g jar around £1.78
            750g jar around £3.19

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              14.03.2008 21:38
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              My number one onion of choice!

              Garner's pickled onions are at the "Premium" end of the pickled onion spectrum, they are the most expensive ones on sale in my local Tesco. So - are they worth the extra cash??

              Well the first thing you will notice about the Garner's onions is that they are a little bigger than those found in most other brands of pickles, so they are better for slicing up to put in crusty roll with some vintage cheddar (my fave snack!).

              I think the larger than normal size of the onions might also be part of the reason that these are a bit crunchier than most others as well.

              Perhaps the greatest difference between Garner's onions and cheaper brands though, is in the vinegar. Garner's clearly use a better quality vinegar to pickle their onions, and the vinegar is seasoned with herbs and spices to add more flavour.

              So when you add it all up, Garner's onions are bigger, crunchier, and have more flavour as the vinegar is better.

              Are they worth paying a little extra for? Well, despite the fact I really like pickled onions, I can live without them. That makes them a luxury I suppose, a bit like chocolate or a bottle of wine. If I decide to give myself a treat, then I'd rather spend a little extra and get something really good, rather than cut corners - for that reason Garner's onions are the only ones I'll buy!

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              The Onion lover's favourite. Specially selected prime onions are pickled the traditional way in our unique recipe using a blend of strong malty vinegar and spices to give a deep tangy distinctive flavour and that all important crunch.