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rhyddid



Joined: 30 Jan 2005
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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 06 2:21 pm    Post subject: pickled eggs  Reply with quote    

I've bought a lot of eggs from Iceland as they were on offer this week, fifteen for a quid... I usually buy free range eggs and pickle them.

Are these 'factory' produced shop eggs OK for pickling ?

Anything in particular I should be aware of ?


I usually age the free range eggs for around ten days before pickling, but will halve this for the shop eggs.

Cheers.


judith



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
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Location: Montgomeryshire
PostPosted: Tue May 16, 06 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Apart from the fact that they will probably be older than your free range eggs - which you've already taken into account - I can't see that they will pickle up any differently. Any difference in flavour will be more than counterbalanced by the vinegar IMO.

Judith (who rather agrees with your picture caption where eggs are concerned )

Silas



Joined: 29 Oct 2004
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Location: Staffordshire
PostPosted: Tue May 16, 06 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Pretty brave of you to admit to buying battery eggs. Something that I would never do, no matter how desperate fop an egg I was or how cheap they may be.

mrutty



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 06 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The eggs will of course be the same as the free range ones stamped on the same day and need to be treated no differently.

As for free range v battery, sometimes you have to cut your cloth the best way you can.

rhyddid



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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 06 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

mrutty wrote:
The eggs will of course be the same as the free range ones stamped on the same day and need to be treated no differently.


No, I'm afraid the eggs are very different, hence the longer time I keep the free range ones before pickling.

mrutty



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 06 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Blind testing and science show no difference in battery v free range in eggs, meat or anything else. If it makes you happier then treat differently.

Stacey



Joined: 18 Jul 2005
Posts: 8380
Location: Kernow
PostPosted: Tue May 16, 06 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

rhyddid wrote:
mrutty wrote:
The eggs will of course be the same as the free range ones stamped on the same day and need to be treated no differently.


No, I'm afraid the eggs are very different, hence the longer time I keep the free range ones before pickling.


Can you elaborate on that please? I have real trouble peeling the shell off our own hens eggs - could it be that they're too fresh?

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Tue May 16, 06 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Stacey wrote:
I have real trouble peeling the shell off our own hens eggs - could it be that they're too fresh?


Yes, the older the egg the easier to peel

Stacey



Joined: 18 Jul 2005
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Location: Kernow
PostPosted: Tue May 16, 06 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
Stacey wrote:
I have real trouble peeling the shell off our own hens eggs - could it be that they're too fresh?


Yes, the older the egg the easier to peel


*gets excited*

Really? Is there an optimum age of egg?


*wonders if any other downsizers realise how demoralising it is to see at least 50% of the white coming off on the shell of a boiled egg )

tahir



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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Tue May 16, 06 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Stacey wrote:
*gets excited*


Doesn't take much eh? For boiled you need eggs of at least 3 days old, for other purposes the fresher the better I reckon.

rhyddid



Joined: 30 Jan 2005
Posts: 228

PostPosted: Tue May 16, 06 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Stacey wrote:
rhyddid wrote:
mrutty wrote:
The eggs will of course be the same as the free range ones stamped on the same day and need to be treated no differently.


No, I'm afraid the eggs are very different, hence the longer time I keep the free range ones before pickling.


Can you elaborate on that please? I have real trouble peeling the shell off our own hens eggs - could it be that they're too fresh?


Yes, that's quite correct.... good quality home produced eggs need to be aged to ensure easier peeling.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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Location: yes
PostPosted: Wed May 17, 06 1:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

please dont encourage bad critter keeping

Blue Sky



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Location: France
PostPosted: Wed May 17, 06 7:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Stacey wrote:
I have real trouble peeling the shell off our own hens eggs - could it be that they're too fresh?


Interesting. We used to have big problems in peeling our "free-range" eggs when we were feeding them on pellets. All they get nowadays is corn, maize and what they forage from the meadow. I assumed that this was the reason they peel better now. Could be the age of egg though. We have been more careful with eating order of the eggs since the bird flu propaganda

Stacey wrote:

*wonders if any other downsizers realise how demoralising it is to see at least 50% of the white coming off on the shell of a boiled egg )


Yep, well annoying!

Silas wrote:
Pretty brave of you to admit to buying battery eggs. Something that I would never do, no matter how desperate fop an egg I was or how cheap they may be.


I was thinking the same thing. Battery farmed eggs are a definate no go area. If you can't afford free-range then don't have egg.

S

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 34032
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Wed May 17, 06 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

mrutty wrote:
Blind testing and science show no difference in battery v free range in eggs, meat or anything else. If it makes you happier then treat differently.


You suggest the anitbiotic, hormone and drug residues found in battery eggs/intensively produced food are anomalies, and not related to their production methods? Great! I'll start buying factory foods again. Cheers!

rhyddid



Joined: 30 Jan 2005
Posts: 228

PostPosted: Wed May 17, 06 8:54 am    Post subject: Re: pickled eggs Reply with quote    

I forgot to ask in my original post - do any of you picklers add interesting things like chilli pepper to your pickling jar ? I've tried one or two chilli peppers and the eggs tasted fine with an extra bite. What else could one use ?

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