Pickled eggs are a popular hors d’œuvres or garnishment that can be found in a variety of different settings: from a local bar to an upscale pub. Pickled eggs are typically cured in a clear glass jar (similar to a Ball jar) in a brine solution. The process of pickling eggs isn’t a difficult one, and can be done at home if proper care is taken and all the directions are heeded properly (if not, the results could result in food poisoning).
The process of preserving foods is a common practice, and this was actually how pickled eggs originated. When people cooked mass quantities of food and wanted to store them for long periods of time, they would put their foods through the preservation process. The process works like this for pickled eggs: after several eggs have been boiled, the shell is removed, and then they are placed in a glass jar. The glass jar is filled with a solution called brine which consists of vinegar, salt, and other various seasonings.
There are a plethora of other seasonings that can be used in the brine solution and depending on those seasonings, the pickled egg can have a variety of different flavors. Once the egg is in the brine solution, it is sealed and will go through the curing process which serves two purposes: to preserve the food and give it its unique flavoring. Also, it’s important to note that depending on the size and quantity of the pickled eggs, the curing process can take as little as a few days to upwards of several months.
Upon completing the curing process, the pickled eggs are now ready to eat. The outside texture can be quite rubbery (based on how long it’s been cured for) while the inside of the egg is quite dry. Because of the outside texture of the eggs, its unique flavor, and very dry inside, it is typically accompanied with a beverage…particularly beer. Pickled eggs are typically consumed with beer or various other alcoholic beverages, and that’s why pickled eggs are commonly found in bars or pubs.
In order to make homemade pickled eggs you are going to need some eggs that have been hard boiled. You will also need to make your brine. For this you will need water, vinegar, spices, salt, and other flavorings that you wish to add to the brine. Some examples of some seasonings you may want to try are oregano, cumin, and mustard seed. Some people use jalapenos or other peppers to add spice. Garlic cloves and onions are always a great addition. Also, you might want to dilute the vinegar with a bit of water. Do not use straight vinegar.
Another thing that you can do is pickle them in beet juice to give them a redish pink color. It looks pretty in a jar and it looks great sliced up on a plate. You will also need something to keep the pickles in, like a glass jar that has a tight fitting lid. Also make sure you have plenty of room in your refrigerator to keep them.
After you have gathered the necessary items, mix the brine together and boil it. Then remove the shells from the eggs and add the shelled eggs to the brine. It is sometimes difficult to peel the eggs without damaging them, so be very careful in doing this so that they look good. Once you have added the eggs to the brine. Put the eggs and the brine in the jar, and put the lid on tight. You will want to store the eggs in the brine for a long period of time.
Put the jar filled with the eggs and the brine in the refrigerator. It is very important that you keep the eggs refrigerated up until the time you would like to eat them or prepare to add them to another dish.For best results, let the eggs soak up the brine for a few weeks. Pickled eggs are a delicious snack that is high in protein. Just be sure to limit the quantity of egg yolk that you eat, because of the high cholesterol content. The color can add a pleasing touch to a plate or a dinner table. Enjoy!