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How to make the best pickled eggs (not vinegar eggs!) you've ever tasted!

In this instructable I will show you how to make the best pickled eggs you've ever tasted (at least, they are the best I've ever tasted).  It's a very simple recipe.  Although some vinegar is used in this recipe, these are not vinegar eggs. 

What you will need:

2 - Dozen (24) medium or large eggs
2 - Cups  of white granulated sugar
2 - Cups  of white distilled vinegar
2 - 15oz. (or close to it) cans of whole red beets
1 - 4-Quart container with lid.  Glass is preferable but plastic may be used
 
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Step 1: Boil the eggs

You must hard *boil your eggs.  My method (you may have your own method) is to put the eggs into a pan and fill with water to about 2 inches above the **eggs.  Wait for the water to come to a complete rolling boil and start timing from THAT point on (start timing after they are boiling).   I usually time mine 10 minutes for medium eggs, 11 minutes for large eggs.

After 10 or 11 minutes, remove the eggs from the stove using oven mitts or a pot holder and run cold water into them until they are cool.   Let them sit in the cold water for about 15 more minutes and then peel them and set in the refrigerator for now.

OR you can usually buy eggs already boiled, peeled, and bagged at most grocery stores.  I have never used these so I can't say what the consistency or flavor of them will be. 

*Boiling water can cause severe burns.  Please use caution and NEVER walk away from a pot that is on the stove!  (You'll see why later)  Keep all handles turned in so you don't accidentally knock it off of the stove.

**If any of your eggs float to the top in cold water (before boiling) , they are most likely rotten.  Do NOT use them!

never boil your eggs, bring the water to a boil then reduce to a simmer. simply coddle them boiling ruins the intergitry and taste. best yest bake them at 325 for 1/2 of an hour. Simple and it works well.

JennFlack227 months ago
If you poke a pin carefully through the base of the egg shell before boiling, that will help with the peeling process. :)
jlsheetz4 years ago
I have noticed that if I buy really fresh eggs and hard boil them right away, after they are cool they are very hard to peel . The shells just won't seem to come away from the whites cleanly. But if I use eggs that have been in my fridge for a while (close to their expiration date), once they have been hard boiled and cooled, the shells slip away easily, in big pieces.
I have arthritis in my fingers and had a hard time peeling eggs and would get so frustrated. After boiling eggs place in cold water (which will then become lukewarm from the hot eggs). Then run egg under lukewarm water and crack the eggs at the top of the flatter side (where there is air). Then lightly tap the pointed side. Start peeling from flat side down. Works every time for me and I am no longer frustrated.
Indeed. This is because very fresh eggs have strong membranes holding them together (good for poaching). As eggs age a little, those membranes start to break down and thus, easier peeling.
ebronson13 years ago
If you break the eggs before you put them in cold water they will peel easy, try it, it works
kill-a-watt4 years ago
This is a variation on the Pennsylvania-Dutch style recipe.


OK, I've halved the recipe, and cut the sugar down to 2/3 of a cup (1&1/3 for the full recipe) we'll see how it goes.

I usually make a more spicy variant, but I've found I'm having issues getting the eggs themselves to absorbed the red pepper taste. I bought two of the Pennsylvania-Dutch style when I was out and about and remembered how I like them, so here it goes.

I'm also using cider vinegar.I love the color the eggs get with the beets in the recipe.
goes along pretty good. The eggs get a wonderful dark purple color a the reduced sweetness is just about right.


Here is a related recipe (still too sweet IMHO) but it adds onions and spices
Eggs that float to the top of the water are not necisarally bad, they just have a larger pocket of air (gas) inside the egg.  All eggs have some empty space in them, these just have a bit more.  I have seen it happen in fresh eggs before and I have seen eggs that were four months old (yea, don't ask) sink to the bottom of the pot and boil like a regular egg.

One of the best ways to hard boil an egg is to let them sit in a Crock Pot for about three to four hours.  The eggs are not flash heated in the boiling, and come out with a much smother texture. 
pennsteve (author)  atombomb19454 years ago
Yes, but if an egg floats to the top of the water it can also mean its bad.  It's better to be safe and just throw it away.  :-)