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Friday, 17 December 2010

Pickled eggs


Some days I am a fool to myself. A desire to try new things can on occasion open your world up to new pleasures and delights. It can also thrust you headlong into the very pit of hell. A new brand of lager? Usually safe and usually lovely. A weird pint of pong? Why not but know it’s a gamble and you might shortly be grimacing.

I have long wondered what pickled eggs taste like, but never had the courage to try one. They only really appear in old man’s pubs and the hygiene standards of such establishments are often an indication that eating anything is playing Russian roulette with your health. I saw these and knew I had to try a pickled egg once in my life. I like eggs. Fried, boiled, scrambled. Very nice. I like dipping soldiers (toasted bread cut into strips) into a soft boiled egg. I’m usually not one for pickles though. I can handle red cabbage, branston pickle & sauerkraut but onions, beetroot and gherkins, nooo thank you.

So it was always a bit of a gamble to buy a jar with 6 pickled eggs in. They go very well with beer I’ve heard so sat in front of the telly, Carlsberg Export in hand I said “Fancy a pickled egg?” to the lovely lady squeeze light of my life. The look she gave me was one of perplexed confusion so I repeated the question. “Pickled egg?" "Why would I want a pickled egg?” was the eventual reply which I took to mean a rhetorical question and a “no” so I was on my own in the pickled egg adventure. I did not try to answer the question as to why one would want a pickled egg.

What are they like then? Well they are like pickled eggs I suppose. Vinegary eggs. Like a nastier version of boiled eggs. Like someone thought “How can I take a nice boiled egg and make it nasty, I know, vinegar” They really are quite rank. The first bite of vinegary egg wasn’t that bad. It was as if my mind was trying to decide whether I liked it or not. The second, my mind had been made up. Ewww, not good.

It ought not to be a surprise that an old man’s pub bar snack is horrible. Let’s face it; old man’s pubs are horrible too. It’s not a surprise that people in old man’s pubs would like this sort of thing. If you like pongy vinegary old man real ale, you are probably going to go for a pongy vinegary boiled egg.

God knows what I’m going to do with the other 5 in the jar. Suggestions welcome.

18 comments:

HardKnott Dave said...

Pickled onions, those little silver skin one's, I love them.

And beetroot. And pickled gherkins are my fav.

Cooking Lager said...

because you've ruined your tastebuds with pongy ale, Dave.

The only acceptable pub snack is peanuts, dry roasted.

junklight said...

Dave is right - all those things are fantastic picked.

I've never been inclined to try a picked egg. And I think perhaps your investigations lead to think I was right.

Tandleman said...

I like pickled eggs. Plenty of white peppers needed though.

Sid Boggle said...

Oughtn't you to have left them at room temperature with the lid loosened for a few months to replicate usual old man pub storage conditions?

Anonymous said...

Try one in a bag of cheese and onion crisps - proper nice

The Beer Nut said...

The ponghouse round the corner from me does posh gourmet pickled eggs. they do indeed taste like vinegary eggs, though. Fortunately I'm a fan of both.

Cheers for the seasoning tip, Tanders.

Curmudgeon said...

They also sell them in traditional chippies - try the one opposite the Nursery in Stockport. Never tried one, though as I can't stand eggs full stop.

Velky Al said...

Take the remaining 5 down your local chippy and get them to batter and fry them!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3n6fu15VUBI - about 3.5 minutes in.

Ghost Drinker said...

Food Fight!

StringersBeer said...

You really need a your egg in a little paper cake case and a grimy pepper shaker (white pepper - natch), otherwise you're missing out on the drama of the proper presentation.

Paul Bailey said...

I've never tried pickled eggs, and after reading your description of them I'm not sure I want to!

Kieran Haslett-Moore said...

Pickled Eggs are awesome. I pickle my own with loads of spices and chili. Perfect with a pint of pong and bit of crusty bread.

Flagon of Ale said...

There's your problem. You're eating overpriced eggs. That's why I've started a blog called Dumpster Eggs. I only eat the most affordable eggs that hobos would eat: eggs from a dumpster behind a restaurant. Why waste your money on store bought eggs when they can be inconsistent and vinegar-y? And the egg-nerds? The worst! No, all I'll eat is old, flabby eggs from the dumpster.

Zak Avery said...

Run a competition - it's a great way of getting rid of old crap.

Darren said...

Brave man to eat one of those things, I thought they were just for decoration? try hanging some of your christmas tree, perhaps with a few shitty lager cans to?

Meer For Beer said...

Personally I think this is not the time to be tight Cookie, chuck them in the bin!

Admit the lost cause.

Rod said...

Those aren't pickled eggs! My Mum used to make her own pickled eggs (and onions actually) and used MALT vinegar (ie beer), not that poncey white vinegar, so the after a while the whites of the eggs went brown.
White vinegar is for cleaning the limescale out of your kettle.
Brown pickled eggs, proper chrisps (not those hand-fried jobs), pepper and a pint. Fan-chuffing-tastic!