The word pickle comes from the Dutch word "pekel" or northern German "pókel," meaning salt or brine, two very important components in the pickling process. Believe it or not, people have been preserving food by pickling for over 4000 years. The first known food to be preserved in this manner was cucumbers, hence the name "pickle."
So how do you pickle eggs? It is pretty easy, this is how I do it:
- Peel the eggs and place in a sterilized jar
- In a small saucepan, place the cinnamon stick, cloves and vinegar on medium heat.
- In a small bowl, mix the mustard, salt and pepper with 2 tablespoons of water.
- When vinegar begins to boil, add mustard mixture and reduce heat.
- Simmer for 5 minutes
- Pour the boiling mixture into the jar with the eggs and let cool for15 minutes.
- Screw on lid and place in the refrigerator.
We are going to be getting our chickens very soon, and I am sure once we do, we will be having an abundance of eggs. I look forward to pickling some. Since I know that our harvest will be big this year because we have so much more land to plant, I bought this book, so I could have some recipes to pickle other vegetables. it has some really delicious sounding recipes and got great reviews!
Have a great weekend!