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I love our backyard chickens! They add so much to a homestead and they don’t cost a lot to keep.
Our chickens help us in lots of ways – we love keeping our chickens busy. And they love to work, fluffing up compost piles and eating weed seeds.
Chickens often stop or slow down the egg laying in the winter time. And let’s face it, chickens deserve a rest just as much as we do. They also expend a lot of energy just trying to stay warm in the cold winters.
Once Spring starts to come around, chickens start laying again. A lot of this has to do with the hours of light in the day. More daylight hours signal chickens to start laying again.
If you’ve got hens, often you will end up with a stockpile of eggs. Chickens lay so well in the spring, it doesn’t take long to get several cartons stacked up.
Eggs will last a long time. And, they don’t need to be refrigerated, although most people do.
When we get several cartons full of eggs from our chickens, we start storing them in our cold room. There they will last for months.
I store them in order of when I gather them. So, oldest eggs on the top or at the front of our shelf, and newer eggs behind that. This way, I can be sure we are eating the oldest eggs first.
And when we have lots of cartons of eggs to use fresh, we start pickling eggs. We just take the oldest ones we have and pickle them up!
We think there’s nothing better than a pickled egg or two with lunch or as a late afternoon nibble.
Here’s how to make pickled eggs – super easy! And great to have on hand.
How to Make Pickled Eggs
Pickled eggs take only a few minutes to get ready and put in the fridge. They make for a great quick snack. They’re nutritious, filling, have lots of protein and come in their own carrying case 🙂
Pack them for school and work lunches for a quick healthy bite to eat. They are also great to take along when you are hiking or camping.
Take 30 minutes and get a jar put in the fridge. Then, leave them there for a couple of weeks before eating.
Here’s the one thing you need to know if you are using really fresh eggs. Don’t.
Make sure you are not using really fresh eggs. If you are using farm eggs, set them in your fridge or another cool place for 2 weeks.
Here’s why: the eggs need to be about 2 weeks old.
Grocery store eggs are never as fresh as those from the chicken farmer, so you can likely use store bought eggs right away.
Your eggs need to be aged a bit because, if they are too fresh, you can take a bunch of the egg white away when you peel them.
They’ll look awful with gouges of white missing.
You want them to be pretty and smooth, especially if you want to serve them to guests.
How long does it take Pickled Eggs to be ready to eat?
You have to give the eggs time to sit in the fridge, so the pickled flavor can get right through the eggs. I put the date on the lid, so we know when they were made.
There’s the finished product – don’t those pickled eggs and peppers look good?
If you want to make the flavor milder, you may want to use 1 tbsp pickling spice and skip adding any peppers for your first batch.
You can always spice things up more when you make your second batch, should you want them a bit zingier.
And by the way, here’s an easy way to test an egg for freshness. This is a sure fire way to tell if eggs are still good. This works well if you should ever find a clutch of eggs your hens have been hiding!
Pickled Eggs with Peppers and Garlic
You can vary this recipe by using different kinds of peppers or adding some small pearl onions.
The only thing you should not change is the ratio for the vinegar and water. Sometimes we add jalapeno peppers or habanero peppers….or both!
Graham loves eating the peppers and I love eating the garlic!
Since we grow all kinds of peppers in our Greenhouse, we usually have several varieties of peppers to choose from! We grow cayenne, jalapeno, habanero along with different kinds of sweet bell peppers.
Serving Size: 1 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 79Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 186mgSodium: 73mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 6g
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