Summer is the time of year we spend countless hours in the garden harvesting vegetables to put up for the coming winter months. We spend several hours each week canning, dehydrating and freezing vegetables and fruits to enjoy the rest of the year. It's a busy but fun time of year around here. But it's also when the birds are laying their best. There are countless ways to save eggs: freezing, dehydrating, cold storage methods and (my personal favorite) pickling.
Most people don't realize that Quail Eggs can be pickled just like a chicken egg. Even better, they take less time to cook and pickle due to their small size and let's face it, what could be better than a bite sized pickled egg?! With this thoughts in mind, I thought l would share one of my favorite Pickled Quail Egg recipes. But before we get into that, those tiny little eggs have to be boiled and I often get questions about how to boil them.
How to Boil the Perfect Quail's Egg
Fill a small saucepan two thirds full with water and bring to the boil.
Add the quail's eggs using a spoon. Do not overcrowd the pan.
Boil for 3.5 to 4 minutes depending on your preference.
Remove with a slotted spoon and cool down under cold running water or in a bowl filled with ice water.
Peel very carefully.
Now with the "Peel very carefully", I have discovered that it is much easier to peel the eggs if you let them sit in white vinegar for 3 hours first. The vinegar causes the shell to disolve and then you simply remove the membrane. For those with children, this is also a nice experiment as the vinegar causes the spots on the egg shell to float to the top which is kind of cool too. Make sure you wash the eggs after sitting in the vinegar, those spots are extremely bitter in taste should you happen to leave some residue on your eggs.
Now that the eggs are cooked and peeled, we can get on with the pickling.
There are many other recipes out there for pickled quail eggs depending on your preference for hot, cajun or spicy. If you're interesting in trying to pickle some eggs, we offer quail eggs year round for $4 dozen.
I am a wife, mother, registered nurse and owner/operator of R and J Ranch. I am committed to living a sustainable lifestyle and ensuring the best nutrition for my family.