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Pickled Eggs

I often get asked how to make Pickled Eggs! Some people may find that hard to believe, but it really is true, especially now as we head into the festive season. Seems people like to give jars of pickled eggs as Christmas gifts. (What a great idea!) I'm not sure who came up with the idea of pickling eggs but I'm glad someone thought to try it. Pickled eggs are easily made at home. You can probably find pickled eggs in a grocery store near you (check the deli section), but they will be a bit pricey. (A good reason to make them at home!) A jar of 18 pickled eggs can run about $7. When you consider the simple ingredients needed to make them (basically vinegar, water and pickling spices), it does seem expensive! Egg farmer Hubert from Oshawa has shared his family's recipe for Pickled Eggs on Egg Farmers of Ontario's website - eggsanytime.ca.  The hardest part of the recipe isn't actually making the pickled eggs but waiting the few days needed for the eggs to pickle! You can vary the seasonings used to flavour the vinegar solution as you like. Feel free to add hot peppers, garlic, sliced onions, fresh herbs like dill or rosemary, hot pepper flakes, cinnamon sticks or whole allspice. Ground seasonings like cinnamon can be added but they will tend to darken the pickling solution and consequently the eggs too. Adding sliced beets is another option. It will give the eggs a beautiful pink hue. If you want a really easy way to pickle eggs, simply drop a few hard-cooked (boiled) and peeled eggs into leftover pickle juice. I like to slice pickled eggs with an egg slicer, then place the slices on a cracker that's been spread with a little mayo or salad dressing. Then I top the slices with a small dollop of Bick's Tangy Dill relish. How do you like to eat pickled eggs?

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