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.
Pickled eggs are known all over bars, and restaurants as a easy to make snack that can be long lasting and a hit with the public. To have this long lasting snack in your home, follow these simple steps to create some. There are hundreds of recipes for the pickled egg, from a traditional, to a cajun. The one we are going to focus on creating is called the Mustard Pickled egg. Just as delicious as any other kind, with a nice mustard kick; but not so spicy that it will make your eyes water like the cajun recipes. For this recipe, you need to prep for 5 minutes, cook for 20 minutes, and of course set aside 3 or 4 days for the pickling to occur. Good food takes time!
To begin, you need to gather your ingredients. For a full dozen, just double this recipe. Today, we require only 6 hard boiled eggs, 1/2 teaspoons mustard powder, 1 and 1/2 teaspoons corn starch, 1 teaspoon white granulated sugar, 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric, 1 teaspoon salt, and 2 cups apple citer vinegar. To begin, you need to of course create some hard boiled eggs. Simply place your eggs in a medium pot on the stove, fill with cold water, and boil for 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand while you make the brine.
For the brine take the mustard powder, corn starch, sugar and turmeric. Stir together in a saucepan. Pour some of your apple citer vinegar in to make a paste. Gradually stir in the rest and bring to a boil, make sure to stir frequently. Once boiling and everything has dissolved into a nice liquid, prepare your eggs by peeling them and placing them into appropriate jars or containers for storage.
Last but not least, to create your pickled eggs, pour the hot brine mixture over the eggs in the jars. Seal them, and refrigerate for 3 to 4 days as needed for the eggs to absorb the pickling flavor. Once ready to eat the eggs will have a yellow exterior, and a delicious mustard flavor to match.