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Thursday, November 12, 2009


I've noticed lately discussions on various blogs about the glut of eggs many have. Apart from using in salads, puddings, sandwiches and all sorts of other recipes, how about pickled?

Pickled eggs are hard-cooked eggs that have been soaked in a solution of vinegar, salt, spices and other seasonings. Besides being a conversation topic at a party with their bright colours (add some beetroot juice), pickled eggs are tasty and nutritious. They can contribute to your meals as part of any main course at dinner, as hors d’oeuvres, garnishes for salads, and diced ingredients.

Pickled eggs are a rich source of protein; they are low in calories and fat and contain very little carbohydrates. This makes them a very healthy option for those who are on a diet. Some of the ways that you might serve pickled eggs are with a fresh salad, or in a sandwich, or it could be used to accompany cold meats. Other popular ways to serve pickle eggs are with fish and chips or with a home made potato salad.

The longer you keep the eggs in a pickling liquid, the stronger will be the egg flavour. I have also found they tend to become a little tougher over time.

Now whilst I recognise that these were around before Adam…or should I say fridges, I personally recommend keeping them in the fridge for safe eating purposes.


  • Sixteen hard-boiled eggs
  • Two pints of malt or cider vinegar
  • Fifteen grams of ginger
  • Fifteen grams of black pepper
  • Fifteen grams of Allspice

While you leave the eggs for cooling, start with preparing the pickling liquid.
  • Place all the chosen ingredients in a medium-sized pan and stir them together.
  • Once the liquid starts boiling, reduce the flame and let the mixture simmer down for ten minutes.
  • Remove the contents from the pan and leave it to cool to room temperature.
  • Meanwhile, place the eggs in a clean container.
  • Once the pickling solution is cool, pour it all over the eggs in the container and seal it shut.
  • Store the container in a dark and cool cupboard for about a month. After this, your pickled eggs with ginger are ready to be served.

  • 12 hard-boiled eggs, shelled
  • 1 large onion, sliced in rings


  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pickling spices, tied in double layer of cheese cloth
Layer the eggs with the onion in a 2 quart jar to within 1" of the top. Put all the brine ingredients (except spice bag) in a pot and over medium heat bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Swish the spice bag around in the brine for 30 seconds.
Pour brine over the eggs, leave for 2 weeks in the fridge before serving.
Make sure the eggs are completely covered.

  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons prepared mustard (yellow, spicy brown, horseradish, Dijon)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2/3 cup sugar or eqivalent sugar substitute
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 10 hard-boiled eggs, peeled
Mix together the vinegar, mustard, water, sugar and salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil to dissolve the sugar.
Put the eggs in a wide mouthed jar (an old mayonnaise jar would be great).
Pour the hot mixture over the eggs.
Seal the jar.
Store the eggs in the refrigerator for at least a day or two before sampling in order to let the flavors develop.

1½ cups white vinegar
1 cup water
¾ teaspoon dill seed
¼ teaspoon white pepper
3 teaspoons salt
¼ teaspoon mustard seed
½ teaspoon onion juice
½ teaspoon minced garlic

1½ cups apple cider
½ cup cider vinegar
1 package (about 12 oz.) red cinnamon candy
1 tablespoon mixed pickling spice
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon garlic salt

1½ cups apple cider
1 cup white vinegar
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon mixed pickling spice
1 clove peeled garlic
½ sliced onion
½ teaspoon mustard seed

Take care of you and yours....and the planet:)

10 Things You Can Do Today to Improve Your Chance of Survival

I am busy today. Actually I am busy most days. I think many people are like this, in a kind of fast-forward style of living that leaves little time for major projects. This is why I like my information short and concise, why I like my conversations the same way, and why I like to do a variety of very small preparedness projects (like watching a 45 minute Surviving Disaster episode while eating lunch at my desk) instead of one or two major preparedness projects. At least, I feel, I will cover the basics while completing a whole bunch of small activities that will, hopefully, cover the basics of the widest range of disasters that are likely to happen. Here's some ideas for small survival-oriented activities that you and your family can complete:
  1. Watch an episode of Surviving Disaster online. I rave about this show so much because it is the first time I have seen easily digestible survival information geared towards the average person. Not the person with extensive survival training, not the person who fancies themself the next coming of Rambo, but ordinary people--those who are most likely to encounter the kinds of disasters this show discusses.
  2. Go check your smoke detectors. Do they work? How long has it been since you changed the batteries in these devices? The average person is much more likely, odds-wise, to face something as common as a house fire than to face a tsunami, mass shooting, or other highly publicized disaster.
  3. Stop by the Dollar Store on your way home today and pick up ten cans of soup. Sounds simple but by making this small investment, you have just put together ten meals for use when the power goes out, when stores aren't accessible because of a snow storm, when you are too sick to get up and cook actual food, etc.
  4. Call up your doctor and see if your vaccinations are up to date. During a disaster, you can improvise many things but you can't improvise your way out of lock-jaw because your last tetanus shot was 20 years ago. Some vaccines you may want to update: tetanus, hepatitis A and B, influenza, possibly pneumonia, and others as recommended by your doctor.
  5. Can you make a fire? Sadly, this is a long lost skill that during a disaster, you may need to know how to do. If you were to practice for only 15 minutes a day, every day for a year, making a small fire in all kinds of weather conditions and with all kinds of materials, you would be an expert. Unfortunately this skill is lost because we don't need to "go make fire" in the normal course of our day any more, but should you become lost in the wilderness, survive a plane crash in the mountains, or not have the accouterments of modern life available after a disaster, you will be glad you now this skill.
  6. Sign up for a CPR class. There is no excuse for anyone in this entire country not to know CPR. This is such an important skill (more so now I would hazard to guess as our population ages) and the classes are so easily available in most every community, that there is no excuse not to know how to save a life with CPR.
  7. Take a few minutes to write down important numbers on a piece of paper. If your computer was dead and your cell phone was dead, would you still be able to call the gas company, your brother, your employer, etc? Most people keep all of these numbers on their cell phone, in their Outlook program, or otherwise on their computer which is not good if a disaster should strike. You need to be able to access these phone numbers with or without a cell phone or computer that works.
  8. Hold an unannounced fire drill when the family gets home tonight. Do the actual walk through of what people would do if they were awoken by the smoke alarm--crawl on the floor, check the door to see if it is hot, devise two ways to escape from each room, know where to meet up near the house after escaping from your home, etc. Although a complete drill is better than just talking about what you would do, I would caution against actually trying to escape from a second story window due to the danger.
  9. Dump out your BOB and repack it. This will take more than a few minutes to do but it is good to do this at the change of each season. Now that it is winter, are the clothes in your BOB appropriate? Do the batteries still work? How old is the food and water?
  10. Check to see if your car is prepared for winter. Again,this may take a little longer than a lunch break but since you rely on your car everyday, it is important to make it as safe and thoroughly prepared as possible. How are the tires? Winter is not the time to have bald tires. Do you know where your snow chains are? Are the emergency supplies in the car still in working order (ie: batteries in flashlights, food and water still edible, etc)?

Many of these tasks are common sense, generic survival preps that we often overlook. By taking a few minutes today, you can knock these off of your list and move forward on more intensive survival projects.