I was slow waking up to the wonder that is the pickled egg. Never even thought about pickling an egg until, when I lived in Miri, my friend Natalie donated them to the auction table of a local fundraiser. And they sold like crazy. What?!? Pickled eggs? It’s a thing. And truth be told, on a hot summer day, topped with a little fresh crab and mayonnaise… this thing is quite a treat!

Especially when the eggs come in an eye-catching array of colors!

I adopted this from the National Center for Home Food Preservation


IMG_1207Pickled Eggs in Full Color

  • 3 Mason jars with lids, sterilized
  • 12 hard-boiled eggs
  • 3 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1½ cup raw cane sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons pickling spices

You can use up to 6 peeled hard-boiled eggs for each color

For red: Add 1 large beetroot (shredded—keep 1 tablespoon for below: orange) to the pickling liquid.

For yellow: Add 2 tablespoons turmeric and 1 dried chili (whole) to the pickling liquid.

For orange: Add 2 carrots (shredded), 1 tablespoon shredded beetroot, 1 teaspoon turmeric and peel of ½ lemon to the pickling liquid.

Mix vinegar, sugar, water, salt and pickling spices until blended and divide among 3 pans. Add coloring ingredients to each one.

Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Take off heat, cool slightly and add the peeled, boiled eggs (6 to each pan). Leave standing for an hour. Take the eggs out, stack to fit snug in the Mason jars. Pour the liquid over and tighten the lid. Steam for 20 minutes in a hot water bath to seal the lids. Take out, and turn up side down on a kitchen towel to cool (and for the liquid to cover all of each egg). Store in the refrigerator for at least 1 week before serving (longer allows the eggs more time to soak up the flavors of the brine). Use within 3–4 months.

Eat the eggs as is, or use to make deviled eggs!