Anything pickled is made to last. With the proper preparation, pickled food can last for months or even years.
And pickling eggs can make them last for a long time and give them additional flavors.
Pickled eggs can give you the satisfaction that normal boiled eggs fail to offer.
They may also contain added nutrients from the pickling solution, making them healthier.
Now, what do pickled eggs taste like? Do they taste like regular pickles, or are they no different than hard-boiled eggs? Your questions about this particular dish are answered below, so scroll on to find out.
What is Pickled Egg?
Pickled eggs are hard-boiled eggs cured in a vinegar solution or brine.
The process is simple: you boil the eggs, remove the shells, and submerge them in a vinegar or spiced solution.
These eggs generally last up to 4 months, and the taste will get stronger the longer you cure them.
So, many like to poke the eggs to let the pickling solution seep in.
Pickled eggs carry the color of whatever ingredients they were left in.
They are popular appetizers and snack options, especially served with alcohol.
Pickling eggs give them the corresponding benefits of the ingredients used in the pickling solution.
The practice was initially started as a way to preserve them for when food was scarce.
But today, the rich taste that pickling gives is well sought, and people like to pickle eggs to eat as is or to use as a side dish.
What Do Pickled Eggs Taste Like?
You know how plain eggs taste– they’re anywhere between bland and rich and somewhat dry.
Add to this the taste of your pickling solution, and you’ll know how pickled eggs taste.
Despite the change in taste, the texture remains the same.
Sometimes, the texture of pickled eggs can be a lot more rubbery than normal eggs, but that depends on the solution you cure them in.
Confused yet? Let’s look more into it. Eggs pickled in vinegar and salt alone will taste like salty boiled eggs.
They are sweet and sour and have a soft, rubbery texture.
The color can turn a little yellow because of the long curing in vinegar.
If you pickled the eggs in hot pepper, which many people love, they would turn out hot.
They are great when paired with fresh fruits, veggies, and rice.
Meanwhile, those cured in spices will have a peppery taste.
The eggs will have the color of the spices and will have the classic texture of boiled eggs: rubbery but soft.
Pickled eggs are great options if you follow a strict diet.
Since they have a lot of protein, they’ll make you feel full quicker.
Also, they are already flavored, so you don’t need any additional side dishes to satisfy your palate.
One pickled (chicken) egg contains 91 calories, 6.8 grams of protein, 5 grams carbs, and minute amounts of vitamins and minerals.
If you wish to stock up on all these nutrients without eating much, you should definitely add pickled eggs to your diet.
How to Cook and Serve Pickled Eggs?
Serving pickled eggs is easy because you can use them for any dish that calls for hard-boiled eggs.
Here are a few methods to get you started:
Deviled eggs: Deviled eggs make an excellent option for appetizers.
Simply cut the eggs in half, scoop out the yolks and mix them with mayo or mustard to form a smooth paste.
Serve them with a hot sauce to make the flavors pop even further.
Salads: Pickled eggs, especially when cured with spices, make great salads since they’re full of flavors.
It is best to use vegetables with milder flavors so that the eggs remain the main component.
Quinoa bowl: If stocking up on protein is of your diet goals, a quinoa and egg bowl will do more than enough.
Make sure the quinoa is cooked fluffy to get the best out of your eating experience.
Also, adding fresh veggies always adds more dimension to the overall taste.
Sandwich: Sliced pickled eggs layered with crunchy lettuce and tomatoes on sandwiches can make any lunch complete.
Pair it with a piping cup of tea, and your afternoon activity is all set.
When cooking with pickled eggs, it’s best to add them at the last stage of the process.
This will preserve the ‘pickled’ taste and make the flavor of eggs pop.
Now that pickling is done with eggs, you have more meal options to serve and impress yourself and your guests.
If you’re eating pickled eggs, make sure to have something to cleanse your palates, like fresh juice or veggies.
Sometimes the flavor can overwhelm your palate, so start with a small amount until you get used to the taste.
Eggs are easily accessible and inexpensive.
So why wait to make some pickled eggs? Try making them, and you’ll be amazed at how it upgrades the usual taste of eggs.