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How long do pickled onions last?

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2 weeks ago, I made some pickled onions. I put them in a glass jar in my fridge. How long do things like this last? I've been known to eat rotten food by accident. I don't know a THING about pickles and I know people speak of botulism but is that for things not in the fridge? Please educate me. THANKS!

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  1. Sorry I don't know the answer. But it is a good question. I too have eaten food past its time

    1. I think 2 weeks should be fine. I have jars of pickles that are over 6 month old.

      Did you make them with lots of vinegar?

      1. Pickled food usually last a good long while. Pickled onions never last longer than a few days around here because I love them so much but am interested to know what others think in case they happen to stick around longer.

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        1. re: fldhkybnva

          me and my preschooler are the only ones that like them. we both agree that everything tastes better with pickled onions, especially sandwiches. i made pan seared cod tonight and we will be having pickled onions on it. my husband hates anything onion so it's me and the little guy. i made a lot since the onion was huge and i sliced it on a mandoline.

        2. I have a few left that are at least 3 months old. I Kenji's recipe from serious eats, and it's a hit

          1. Roughly forever. The whole point of pickling is that it's a way of preserving food, and you have it in the fridge on top of that. Botulism toxin only develops in low-acid, airless environments (e.g., in sealed cans, unopened jars or bottles, or sometimes in foods immersed in oil, which seals out the oxygen).

            http://www.pickyourown.org/botulism.htm