Thursday, January 24, 2013

Feeling Eggy

I freaking love eggs! I love them for any time of the day and in just about anything....salads, sandwiches, ramen, deviled, and now I'm about to try my hand in pickling!

I got the idea whilst watching an episode of Shameless recently and saw Frank plopping down at the bar and asking for a pickled egg. I don't know why this hooked me but I just had to try making my own! I also have been collecting jars for the past few months(for no apparent reason...) so this will be the perfect opportunity to put hem to use! I hope my friends won't find a jar of pickled eggs too strange of a gift....

Ps...Did you know that you can actually STEAM eggs?? I'm trying it out with this first batch of fresh eggs. Apparently, if you steam fresh eggs as opposed to hard boiling them they will be easier to peel.

Just set 1 dozen into a steaming pot and steam over boiling salt water for 20 mins!

I am so excited about this new technique! The eggs were almost too easy to peel, it was fabulous! Luckily I had a tester handy(aka my bf) to see if the eggs were cooked all the way through and he said, and I quote,"This is the best hard boiled egg I've ever had!" Once the eggs were chilled and peeled I started with the brine for the pickling. I wanted to try two kinds, a sweet and a savory/spicy. The recipes are as follows:

Hot Pink Beet Pickled Eggs



2 medium peeled beets, sliced thin
1 c. water
1 c. cider vinegar
1/4 onion sliced
1/3 c. sugar
2 bay leaves
1 t. herbs provence

Boil mixture on medium heat for approx 15 minutes or until beets and onions are soft. Let cool then pour over peeled hard boiled eggs in a jar till full. Be sure to add as many beets to the jar for more taste and vibrant color. In about 3 days they will be hot pink and ready to eat! Keeps well in the refrigerator for up to a month!

Spicy Jalapeno Pickled Eggs


2 fresh jalapenos julienned, seeds removed
3/4 c. cider vinegar
3/4 c water
1/3 c sugar
4 cloves
1 t. red pepper flakes
1/2 t. dried oregano
1 bay leaf
1/4 onion sliced
2 garlic cloves sliced

Boil mixture till onions and jalapenos are soft. Let cool then pour over peeled hardboiled eggs in a jar till full. Ready to eat in 3 days, nice and spicy! Keeps for up to a month as well.