Pickling Quail Eggs - How To With Photos
Our quail lay enough eggs for us to prepare them in a number of ways. Hard boiling and letting them season in a pickle brine is our top pick. Mmm!
How-To Pickle Quail Eggs
My recipe and lots of tips included
Quail, most notably the Coturnix, have played their part in Japanese history for thousands of years, it was not until recently that we started enjoying raising these gentle little birds here on our place. Each morning I collect the cutest little speckled eggs and tuck 'em away in a carton until there is enough to make a 1/2 pint of the creamiest tasting pickled eggs.
That is how we like to cook our quail eggs, although there are literally hundreds of ways to include quail eggs in meals from snacks to main dish. I'm feeling a food adventure with quail eggs is long overdue. Until then...I'm pleased to share with you my pickled quail egg recipe, from how-to hard boil these litte beauties to getting them tucked into a jar with a tangy-sweet pickling brine. Enjoy!
Cooking Quail Eggs
Prep before boiling
When hard boiling quail eggs make sure to use eggs that are at least two weeks old because new eggs will not peel easily. (This is also true for farm fresh chicken eggs.) Gently place the quail eggs in a large sauce pan, one layer is best, and add COLD water to cover eggs at least one inch above the top of eggs.
IMPORTANT NOTE - If any of the eggs float in pan, discard them rather than chance they are bad.
Hard Boiling the Quail Eggs
It's quick so don't walk away
Over high heat bring the quail eggs and water to a boil, turn down heat to medium high and set the timer for 3 minutes. While the eggs are boiling make sure they are not bouncing around in the pan or they will end up cracking - turn down the heat a bit. When the timer goes off, immediately remove the eggs from the stove, drain off the hot water and run cold water into the pan. Change water, as needed, until eggs are cooled.
Peeling Hard Boiled Quail Eggs
A few quick tips
Because the shells on quail eggs are thinner than chicken eggs take a little care when peeling the hard boiled eggs. First off, lightly tap all around the egg on a flat surface, then under running water gently peel off the shell. If large pieces of white get peeled away use those eggs in salad or as snacks because it will make your pickling brine cloudy.
Pickled Quail Eggs - My Recipe
Make one jar or more
Once you have hard boiled and peeled the quail eggs, it's time to get them pickled to perfection. This is my recipe, feel free to tweak it for your taste buds.
This recipe calls for a small (1/2 pint) sterilized jar and lid, follow these steps...
10 to 12 hard boiled quail eggs; shells peeled off
1 1/4 teaspoons non-iodized sea salt (pickling salt)
2 tablespoons vinegar (white or cider)
1/2 to 1 clove of garlic; coarsely chopped
1 scant teaspoon pickling spice (I recommend the McCormick brand)
1 scant teaspoon sugar
1 small head of fresh dill or tiny pinch of dried dill
Pack hard boiled quail eggs into sterilized jar, set aside. In a glass bowl add remaining ingredients and stir until salt is dissolved. Pour this mixture over the quail eggs, top off jar with fresh tap water, screw on lid, shake to mix and refrigerate for three days before eating. The longer the eggs marinate the better!
1/2 Pint Canning Jars
Keep these on hand for your pickled quail eggs and more
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A couple of the things I've tried
Spicy hot pickled quail eggs...simply add in 1/8 to 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper chili flakes with the other spices. Or the same amount of fresh hot peppers; coarsely chopped.
Mustard-kissed pickled quail eggs...mix in 1/2 tablespoon Colman's mustard powder with the other spices.
Pretty pink pickled quail eggs...(say that really fast ten times ;) Instead of topping off the jar with fresh tap water use beet juice.
Quail Eggs Nutrition
At a glance information for you
Quail eggs are a good source of...
- Vitamin B12
- Pantothenic Acid
Additionally, quail eggs are sized just right for smaller appetites - your toddler will think quail eggs are the cutest food ever.
Have you ever eaten a quail egg?
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It's on our bookshelf
For over two decades Storey Publications have been the go-to books for advice on raising animals for novice to expert farmer's and animal enthusiast's. This particular Storey guide, covers the basics of raising poultry, along with plenty of resources to discover more in-depth information. It's why my husband started delving into the idea of raising quail.
It is with pleasure that I share my pickled quail egg recipe and it's my hope that you give it a go in your home.
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