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Pink Pickled Eggs Recipe

Updated on March 21, 2016
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Start a Tradition of Pink Pickled Eggs for Easter

Hard-boiled eggs pickled with beets and their juice make for a pretty pink side dish or salad that's both fun and delicious!
Hard-boiled eggs pickled with beets and their juice make for a pretty pink side dish or salad that's both fun and delicious! | Source

Pink Pickled Eggs and Beets for Easter or Anytime

Easter at our house, since I was a kid, has always included pink pickled eggs. They're fun, they're easy to make, they're pretty, they taste delicious, and it doesn't have to be Easter to make and enjoy them! Below you'll find my easy pickled eggs recipe.

"Do pickled eggs taste like pickles?"

In case you're wondering, pickled eggs don't really taste like pickles. I'm not sure how to describe what they taste like, but "tangy" comes to mind. If you're not sure that you'd like them, pick up a can of beets at the store, dedicate a half-dozen eggs to the cause and give them a try. It'll be a fun experiment (involve the kids!) and you might end up loving the taste.

Follow the simple instructions below. There's a photo gallery, too, so you can see how the eggs look as they progress through several days of pickling. I think they're best at day four or five (when they're really more purple than pink) so if you're planning to serve these for Sunday dinner (or for Easter), start them the Tuesday or Wednesday before. They make a nice side salad, sliced with or without beets atop a bed of lettuce or lettuce leaf. And since they're eggs, they're good for you, too.

Enjoy!

First, Boil the Eggs - Follow these three easy steps for perfect hard-cooked eggs every time.

Foolproof Boiled Eggs, Step by Step


Step 1 Place eggs in saucepan; cover with water. Add about a teaspoon of white vinegar or a pinch of baking soda to the water. I've recently discovered that baking soda seems to really work to make the boiled eggs easy to peel.

Step 2 Heat the water just to a boil. Cover the pan and remove from heat. Set the timer for 10 minutes.

Step 3 After 10 minutes are up, uncover the pan and run cold water over the eggs as you empty the hot water into the sink. Run the cold water for a couple of minutes, until the eggs begin to cool. Empty the water from the pan.

The eggs are now ready to peel and use in a recipe, or store them in the refrigerator, in a covered bowl, until ready to peel and eat.

TIP: Start with eggs that are a week or so old. They'll peel easier than eggs that are fresh.

Serve pink pickled eggs and beets sliced, on a bed of shredded lettuce.
Serve pink pickled eggs and beets sliced, on a bed of shredded lettuce.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 30 minutes including boiling the eggs

Total Time: Two to three days

Serves: Six

Ingredients

  • 6 hard-boiled eggs - peeled
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 can whole beets with liquid (approx. 1 cup)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 small onion - chopped
  • 4 whole cloves
  • shredded lettuce or greens

Instructions

  1. Place peeled eggs (whole) in a bowl or jar.
  2. Mix vinegar, beet liquid, sugar, salt, onion, and cloves; pour over eggs. Add beets.
  3. Cover and refrigerate 2 to 3 days. Slice eggs and beets; serve on a bed of lettuce or greens.
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Tip: Start the Eggs a Few Days Ahead of Time

Start the eggs two to three days ahead of serving day. If you're planning to serve them on Easter Sunday, put the recipe together on Wednesday for optimal color and flavor.

"Beet Eggs" Recipe in Pictures, Step By Step

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Use the liquid from the can of beets in the recipe.Close the jar, place in the refrigerator for two to three days.Slice the eggs and beets and serve on a bed of shredded lettuce.After another day, the color is more intense.Both the color and the flavor are perfect at day four.  Enjoy!
Use the liquid from the can of beets in the recipe.
Use the liquid from the can of beets in the recipe.
Close the jar, place in the refrigerator for two to three days.
Close the jar, place in the refrigerator for two to three days.
Slice the eggs and beets and serve on a bed of shredded lettuce.
Slice the eggs and beets and serve on a bed of shredded lettuce.
After another day, the color is more intense.
After another day, the color is more intense.
Both the color and the flavor are perfect at day four.  Enjoy!
Both the color and the flavor are perfect at day four. Enjoy!

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      Susan Deppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

      That would be fabulous, Margaret! I hope your husband enjoys them. I appreciate your visit!

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Susan, I'm not fond of hard-cooked eggs but my husband loves them (and we both love beets, pickled, roasted or any other way), so I'll probably make your pretty pink pickled eggs recipe for him. Love the color!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Coffee-Break: I hope you enjoy the result! My husband loves these and is very happy that I finally got on the ball and got a batch started for Easter, even though I am running a bit late.

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 3 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      The eggs look great. I will try it with the first occasion.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @MomtoHanna: Oddly enough, I've never had any that weren't pink! Always good to find someone else who's even heard of pickled eggs. Seems most people don't have any idea what they've been missing. :)

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      MomtoHanna 3 years ago

      I love pickled eggs... but have never had them pink before!! My grandpa ALWAYS had a jar of pickled eggs around. :)

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @acreativethinker: Thanks, I appreciate that! You have a great day, too!

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      acreativethinker 3 years ago

      This is a very unique way to present eggs! Nice idea and lens. Thanks for sharing. Take care and have a great day. :)

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Vickie Moses: Hope you do and hope you enjoy them!

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      Vickie Moses 3 years ago

      I have never tried them, but I intend to make some.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @retta719: So excited to find someone else who makes pickled eggs! I'm not sure if you'll be able to tell a difference without the cloves, so if you do add them this time feel free to come back and let us know. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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      Loretta 3 years ago from United States

      This is almost exactly how we make our pink pickled eggs ... I've never added the whole cloves before, I'll have to try that this year.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Rhonda Lytle: It's a fun project, but even more fun to eat! Thanks, poetvix!

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      This is just too cute, edible and not candy though a perfect fit for Easter. Too cool.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Craftymarie: I'd love to hear about your daughter's reaction, Marie. Hope you'll give us an update if you make the eggs!

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      Marie 3 years ago

      These look fantastic - this is perfect to try for Easter because I know my young daughter will be fascinated with how an egg can be pink. Love it.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Heidi Vincent: LOL Indeed they are!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      Interesting eggs!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @WriterJanis2: I hope you'll try them soon!

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      These are so pretty. I love the color. I've never tried one of these before.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Lady Lorelei: Funny that I've never eaten pickled eggs without beets! To me, they go together because my grandmother and mom always fixed them that way. Hope your husband enjoys them together!

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      I make my husband pickled eggs quite often but would never have dreamed of adding beets into the mix. Your eggs are gorgeous. My husband loves pickled beets so I just may fix him up a jar of these. They are so wonderfully cool. Fabulous for springtime.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @tfsherman lm: That's great! I hope you do try it and that he does like it!

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      tfsherman lm 4 years ago

      My husband loves beets and hardboiled eggs. I've got to try this!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @weheartjunk: Thanks!

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      Deborah Swain 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      What a fun recipe! I love this lens!

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      weheartjunk 4 years ago

      Cool egg recipe. And the beets are a great touch.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Deborah Swain: Thanks!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Sharon Weaver: Good to meet someone else who doesn't think I'm quite crazy!

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      This brings back memories. My mom made pickled eggs with red beets all the time in PA.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @bethann21: Thanks! I agree, it's a bit different!

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      bethann21 4 years ago

      I don't think that I will ever eat pink pickled eggs, but I love the lens. It is something different!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Kylyssa: I'm so excited to know that, Kylyssa! Thanks for reporting back. I hope they become a tradition for your family!

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      Kylyssa Shay 4 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      I had to come back to say I made your pink pickled eggs and they were delicious as well as pretty.

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      vuhuyhnvn 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing it....

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @anonymous: Thank you! Always nice to hear from another pickled eggs fan!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Pickled eggs are on of my favorite holiday foods, especially Easter! My grandmother used to make these quite often and I always looked forward to eating them at her house. Great lens!

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      I'm a pink girl, to heart.

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      My mom used to make pickled beets all the time, they were really good so I am sure the eggs would be great to. She just used plain white vinegar.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @lionmom100: You're not the first person who's mentioned pickled quail eggs. I'd try them!

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      lionmom100 4 years ago

      I have never had pink pickled eggs, but my father used to raise quail and pickled the tiny quail eggs. What a treat they were, too. These sound very good.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @kerryhrabstock: LOL They're fun, I agree!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Dusty2 LM: I agree, it's hard to eat just one!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @mattcut: Thank you for dropping by!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Ruthi: Mmm, bet fresh is even better!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @hovirag: Glad you found this page!

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      hovirag 4 years ago

      @i Dia1: yes it is "out of the box" :) I like searching on squidoo - so many great ideas!

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      I grew up on pickled eggs with beets and I do make them myself too. I prefer fresh beets rather than canned when I make mine, but I have made them with canned, just like your pink pickled eggs recipe.

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      mattcut 4 years ago

      Vibrant,lovely lens - thanks for all the awesome recipes !!!

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      I haven't had these pink pickled eggs since I was a youngster. It has been so long that these pickled eggs had skipped my mind this time of year. This was a long time family favorite. I appreciate you sharing, jogging my memory and reminding me about this fun recipe. Your photos look really delicious and I am going to have to try this recipe because I have even forgotten how they tasted also. What I do remember is you could not eat just one! Anyway, here's wishing you all a "Happy Easter" and enjoy the pink pickled eggs. (^_-)

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      kerryhrabstock 4 years ago

      I don't think I'd make them for the taste, but the look is fabulous. I might make them for the shock value.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @i Dia1: LOL I hope it's a huge hit!

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      i Dia1 4 years ago

      I'm pickled pink about this recipe. I was looking for some new and different side dishes for Easter. I think this will be a hit.

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      bialowieza 4 years ago

      A very interesting concept. Colored eggs in the middle of yet I have not seen such.

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      sjdq209 4 years ago

      i will love to make that pink egg

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @hugsetc: You know, maybe "beet eggs" doesn't sound as weird as "pickled eggs." Might be good strategy for picky eaters in the family!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @kmhrsn: Let me know how it works out!

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      kmhrsn 4 years ago

      As soon as I get home from work, I'm doing it! So cool. We love pickled beets anyway.

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      hugsetc 4 years ago

      My mom used to make these frequently. We always called them "beet eggs". I didn't hear about pickled eggs until after I got married.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @John Uwen: Please come back and tell me what your family thought about the eggs. I'd love to know!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @KarenHC: I'll admit, my boys might have enjoyed seeing them, but neither one will eat them. They don't know what they're missing!

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      Karen 4 years ago from U.S.

      I wish I had known about pink pickled eggs when my boys were small -- I think they would've enjoyed them for Easter. I'll probably still try them myself! (P.S. Sorry if this is a dup. comment -- I don't know if my first went through)

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      John Uwen 4 years ago

      these eggs look fantastic..... I can't believe it...... but I am going to surprise my family with these unique looking eggs at Easter Dinner this Sunday! Thanks so much for sharing and the fantastic idea!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @anonymous: Thanks!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @step2mai: I hope you try it!

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      step2mai 4 years ago

      i will love to make that pink egg

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love pink pickled eggs recipe. Great Lens!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @NuttSoRuff: Yay! Let me know what you think.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @justramblin: Thanks! Pretty food tastes better, don't you think?

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      These are beautiful; what gorgeous colors. Pickled foods are very very good for you, too! I am going to try this recipe. I know my husband will like it, and it looks so easy. I've had pickled eggs before in Taiwan, but they were a dark brown and ugly. This is much lovelier and more appetizing.

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      puppyprints 4 years ago

      These look good! I have never had them but I love beets - so I am going to try it

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      NuttSoRuff 4 years ago

      I've never had them but I like hard boiled eggs and I LOVE beets! So, I will give them a try!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @fredginni: At least you tried them! Good for you!

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      fredginni 4 years ago

      Yes, I've eaten them - don't care for them.

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      NewUsedCarsSacramento 4 years ago

      I canât believe how amazing those pink eggs look! This is going to be great fun for Easter.

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      VineetBhandari 4 years ago

      Look deliciously beautiful. thanks for sharing

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @ridgewood1: Beet pickled eggs sounds perfect! I guess there are some regional differences in what they're called - and whether or not people have ever heard of them.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @RedShoesGirl: Cool! Let me know what your family thinks!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Ayluna: That can be a problem and I'm not sure there's a definitive solution. I like to use "old" eggs - it seems that the fresher the egg, the more difficult it is to peel. Try buying your eggs a week or so ahead of time and see if that makes any difference.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @kerbev: That's really cool! I hope you make them and they're just the way she remembers them!

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      kab 4 years ago from Upstate, NY

      I just told my mother we should make these for Easter because they look like something shed like. She said her dad used to make them when she was a kid and she hadn't thought of them for years.

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      Ayluna 4 years ago

      Wow, I'm totally impressed with this ones, never seen them before. Tomorrow I shall make it with kids. But I have a bif of a concern: our eggs usually don't peel so nicely.

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      RedShoesGirl 4 years ago

      I just showed this recipe to my mom and we are definitely adding this to our Easter menu :)

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      ridgewood1 4 years ago

      I never heard them called "pink pickled eggs", just "beet pickled eggs". I grew up with them at holidays. I think it is a Pennsylvania Dutch tradition.

      Thanks for the easy recipe.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @DLeighAlexander: Happy Easter to you, too!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Jerzimom: Hope you enjoy your pickled eggs!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @BarbaraCasey: It really is fun!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @anonymous: Thanks!

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      BarbaraCasey 4 years ago

      This looks like a fun recipe to try. And the colors are gorgeous.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Fantastic lens! I love the fact that you have shared this idea

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 4 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      I've been looking for a easy recipe for the pickled eggs. This looks perfect. Thanks for sharing this recipe for I think I will give it a try.

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      DLeighAlexander 4 years ago

      Pickled eggs are delicious! My grandmother made them often, thanks for the reminder of a great recipe. Happy Easter!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @hotsquid: You are welcome!

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      hotsquid 4 years ago

      I love pickled eggs. Might try to make some pink ones someday. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @JohnTannahill: LOL Especially when you leave them in the pickling solution for an extra few days!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @rattie lm: Cool! You're welcome!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @captainj88: My husband is with you. He'll eat the beets but doesn't really care much for them. He loves the eggs, though! Thanks for the comment and for the pin!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Rosetta Slone: Oh, how interesting! I'd love to see tiny little pink quail eggs.

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      Rosetta Slone 4 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      I use almost the exact same recipe to preserve quail eggs. There's nothing cuter than tiny little pink eggs, and I lust love their sweet and sour taste.

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I can't explain it, but I love pickled eggs although I hate red beets. I could eat a whole jar of pickled eggs in one sitting. I pinned this recipe to my "Favorite Recipes" board on Pinterest. Thanks for sharing!