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Southern Cuisine: Pickled Eggs

Updated on March 27, 2011

When Johnny and I lived in the country several years ago, on our mini-farm, we had all kinds of animals. Among our barnyard friends were numerous chickens. These ladies produced LOTS of eggs. We ate eggs all the time, I gave eggs away, and I sold eggs. We still had too many eggs! I decided to learn to pickle them. I’m not a huge fan of pickled eggs, but Johnny loves them, so I began to experiment.

The best recipe I came up with is below. The biggest difference in my recipe and most others is the vinegar. I use a little water because to us, using an all-vinegar solution is just a little too sour.

Don’t use large eggs to pickle. The small and medium eggs are better, as they seem to absorb more flavors than do the larger eggs. White or brown eggs are fine to use.

What you’ll need:

1 dozen hard boiled eggs, peeled

1 cup apple cider vinegar

1 cup white vinegar

½ cup water

1 tablespoon salt

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon pickling spice

1 teaspoon mustard seed

2 whole jalapeno peppers

Place eggs in a large jar with a lid. Bring vinegars, water, and remaining ingredients to a boil is a saucepan. As soon as it reaches the boiling point, immediately reduce heat. Allow pickling mixture to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool for about 15 minutes. Pour the liquid over the eggs, place the lid on the jar, and place in refrigerator. The eggs will be ready to eat in about 2 weeks. The eggs will keep for several months in the fridge.

If you want to add color and a different flavor to your pickled eggs, pour a can of beets, along with the juice, into your finished eggs. The beets, of course, will pickle, also, making this a two-for-one deal. The eggs will turn a nice shade of light purple or magenta.

Johnny and his pals love the pickled eggs with cold beer!


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    • tonymead60 profile image

      Tony Mead 

      3 years ago from Yorkshire

      I'll try this, because I love pickled eggs.

      nice hub a bit brief.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      11 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, msannec! I don't like the pigs' feet, but hubby does!

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      11 years ago from Mississippi (The Delta)

      I love pickled eggs! My mom-in-law showed me a totally new way to do them, too. If you're a fan of pickled pig's feet, the really pink/reddish ones, then don't throw away the juice when you get the last of the feet out. Keep it, and pickle your eggs in the pig feet juice. Very tasty; we can't keep enough of them around (we have a family snack shop). Thanks for sharing your recipe, I'll try it!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      11 years ago from Georgia

      Sandy, they seem to be preferred mostly by men, for some reason. I do have a couple of gal pals who like the, though! Thanks!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      11 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Nice information. Never tried pickled eggs.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      11 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Deb! The eggs turn out a really nice color. Thanks for reading!

      HH, the farms are fun but a lot of work! Good to see you, as always!

      MG, it's probably something you never lose a taste for!

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      Money Glitch 

      11 years ago from Texas

      Now this reminds me of my childhood, when I use to go to the store and buy pickled eggs from a jar...Hhhhmmm, was great eating back then; I may have to give this recipe a try :)

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      Hello, hello, 

      11 years ago from London, UK

      I always longed to have a farm but I gues it never will be. Thanks for your hub.

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      11 years ago

      Habee, Sounds interesting! Hmmm purple eggs? I must admit I've never had pickled eggs. Thank you for sharing, Blessings!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      11 years ago from Georgia

      Wow...I thought ALL guys loved these things! I'm not a big fan, either, but my hubby sure loves them! Thanks for reading!

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      11 years ago

      Hi habee, it really sounds interesting but I am not a fan of pickled eggs. Actually nothing pickled..LOL Well maybe pickles on a hamburger..Now that I can stomache..LOL

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      11 years ago from Georgia

      It was wonderful - I miss it! But there sure are lots of conveniences to living in town! Thanks for reading!

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      Dolores Monet 

      11 years ago from East Coast, United States

      My sister makes pickled eggs though I have never been offered one (hmph). Great idea for parties. It must have been wonderful on the little farm.


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