Easter Eggs’ Second Act: Pickled



Wondering what to do with a mountain of leftover, rainbow-hued, hard-boiled Easter eggs?

You could fill your days with egg salad sandwiches. Or, perhaps tuck peeled eggs into lunchboxes and served chopped egg on a green salad. Or make a big batch of deviled eggs. Or all of the above - day after day. Luckily, there is a way to keep those leftover Easter staples without serving eggs for every meal.  Preserve your Easter eggs by pickling them.

Back in the old days, dyed Easter eggs were delicate, blown-out egg shells, made into a pretty centerpiece. I remember my mother doing this – 50 or so years ago. She used the actual eggs to make custards or soufflé or other Easter delicacies.

While I think it’s important to keep the old traditions alive, I’ve let this one go. I’ve never blown out an egg in my life, and you probably haven’t either. Now we hard-boil eggs to decorate, which means finding a way to use them up after the holiday.

There is no reason to toss the colored eggs, unless they have been sitting at room temperature for more than two hours. Simply peel the eggs, grab a clean, quart-size Mason jar, and take a few minutes to make pickled eggs. The pickling eggs should sit in the refrigerator for at least a week before eating, for intense flavor. They will be good to eat for a month or so.

Pickled eggs make a healthy but satisfying mid-afternoon snack, or can be sliced and served at dinner as you would serve any other pickle.

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