Pickled eggs are very strange and I'm not sure still if I like them or not. These from Garner's don't taste very much like egg until you get to the yolk because the vinegar is so overpowering that that's all I can taste most of the time. I like the texture of these eggs because they're soft but feel like a perfectly cooked hard boiled egg, the white isn't rubbery (only as rubbery as egg white always is!!) and the yolk has a good crumbly consistency that tastes beautiful against the strong vinegar.
The only thing I would complain about is the way the whole egg tastes of vinegar, this isn't something I can moan about though as that's the idea of a pickled egg but I wish there was a way that the outer layer only would taste so strongly of vinegar so that once I was past that I could enjoy a normal tasting egg!!
The thing I notice most about these pickled eggs is that the eggs and vinegar are very high quality and I'm thankful for that because when we pickled our own eggs I used very cheap eggs and equally cheap vinegar and you could taste that we had tried to do it on a budget, Garner's have used excellent quality ingredients and it shows in the taste and consistency of the eggs.
I like the vinegar used to make these pickled eggs, it's quite strong but also a little bit spicy and that removes some of the harsh tang you can get sometimes with pickled products. I think if very strong vinegar like you get in jars of onions was used it would be too strong for the eggs and then you really wouldn't be able to taste anything else, the way it has been spiced is perfect though and makes these a very pleasant snack (sometimes and if I am in the mood for food like this!!).
When I was 14 years old, for a bet, I ate 52 pickled eggs in one day.....infact one after the other. I think it's fair to say that I LOVE pickled eggs and would probably go as far as to say that if I was allowed a "last meal" that a jar of pickled eggs would be it! Needless to say, when I come across pickled eggs while in the supermarket, I sneak the jar into my trolley and hide it under some fruit and veg - as otherwise people always feel the need to comment on what a weird this it is to eat. Actually, they're not.....they are simply delicious!
Garners Pickled Eggs are one of the manufacturers of pickled eggs that I come across now and again. I don't find them all that often because they don't always seem to be out on the shelves, but I did pick up a jar recently from Sainsbury's for £2.77. The jar contained 8 medium sized pickled eggs - which equates to 35p per egg - which I don't think is a bad price at all.....although I can pick up a pickled egg for about 25p from my local fish and chip shop. However, the Garner eggs are free range and for ethical reasons I always try to buy free range eggs and so don't mind paying a little extra.
The eggs are really tasty.....boiled just right so that they are not rubbery and yet nicely hardboiled. I do find that sometimes some jars contain eggs which seem to be a little more pickled than others, especially the outer layers. What I tend to do now is to remove one of the eggs from the jar and then run it under the tap to remove any excess vinegar and this makes it a little less vinegary. I also add about a half teaspoon of sugar to the vinegar when I buy the jar as this seems to make them a little less strong also.
Overall, I still love pickled eggs and think Garners are a good manufacturer of them.
I'd never had a pickled egg. I'd seen them behind the counter in chip shops, and occasionally in pubs, and never really thought to try one . They always seemed to me to be a bit too traditional for me - and I guess they are, since people were pickling eggs to keep them edible in the days before fridges!
Until last week, when I picked up a 465g jar of pickled eggs in the supermarket. I forget the exact price now, but I think it was around £1.80, which considering there are 8 eggs in the jar, AND that they are all free range, is not bad at all .
In fact, I'm really happy that it clearly says they are free range on the label . While I'm no crusading fair-trader or animal rights activist, I do have a bit of a thing with my eggs, having once watched some TV chef or other meander about a battery farm lecturing . It left me with a huge revulsion for the very idea of battery eggs, and I'd been free range ever since! The eggs are pickled in a clear vinegar, and they all seem to be nice sized eggs, no little titchy ones .
The eggs are hardboiled, and if you cut one open the yolk is a healthy yellow colour. Biting into one, I found them a little bit rubbery with a bit of 'boing' in them, and whilst the white had a lovely tang from being infused in the vinegar, the yolk seemed a little dry - nothing that a couple of drops of the vinegar from the jar couldn't fix. I think I expected them to be a lot sharper than they were, but really the vinegar tang wasn't too overpowering, and the overall taste was really good .
I quite like them . I didn't love them, but they were nice . I'm not sure if I would buy them again though, for one very simple reason. Having looked about online, they are incredibly easy to make , and I think making them myself would be fun . I've even found one recipe that uses beetroot to make the eggs pink, and what girl wouldn't like that! I don't want to directly paste any of the recipes I found online, but some of them are very interesting, and if you want to have a go yourself, the website is http://tinyurl.com/2sxglq .
So no, I don't think I'll be buying them again, nice as they were, unless I fancy one in the pub. But still , I would recommend them, they're pretty yummy!
I haven't had a pickled egg for years and a review by another Dooyoo member sent me out on a search for a jar of Garner's Pickled Eggs. I eventually found a jar some hours later in a small local shop.
It cost me £1.80 which I thought was good value because there were eight eggs in the jar. At least I think it's eight, but without tipping them all out and physically handling them I can't be certain. Wait a minute, it could be seven. It's really quite deceptive trying to peer through glass and vinegar to count eggs. (The wish to do so could also be an indication of a very 'sad' life!)
The eggs are hard boiled straight from the farm or so it says on the label but it doesn't say what kind of farm. We hear such a lot about the way chickens are reared and eggs harvested that one can never be sure. Apparently 'barn eggs' doesn't mean a thing. They may be no better than battery eggs. Anyway, eggs and chickens is a whole new discussion.
Back to the eggs in question.
The hard boiled eggs are pickled in clear white vinegar. When you bite into them the area around the yolk may have a slightly grey, or even blueish tinge to it. This is normal for a pickled egg. This particular brand is not bad for that.
The eggs are slightly rubbery in texture and the yolks can be slightly dry but I find these to be a tasty addition to salads, picnics. I have also been know to open the jar and eat one as a snack. The trouble there is that eggs have more calories than you might think and if you do that too often you could be eating the equivalent of an extra meal eat day without realising it. Then, of course, there's the obvious effects of too many eggs.
If you like pickled onions, gherkins and such like, and haven't tried pickled eggs you may be pleasantly surprised. Certainly worth buying.
I cannot believe I am the first to write a review on pickled eggs - what is up with you guys? They are delicious!!!!!!!!
Well I had my first pickled egg forced upon me when in a chip shop with my then fiance. He knew I liked pickled onions (bit of an obsession actually!) and pickles generally so thought I'd like one. Like everyone reading this I turned my nose up but he explained how his mum loves them he knew I would too. So I tried it. Boy was it good?! (I should add here that I then offered him a bit and he turned green and said he couldn't think of anything more disgusting. Typical!)
Since then I have had the odd one with my fish n chips but when I got pregnant we were in a supermarket and I bought a massive jar of them - I never knew before that you could get them in jars outside fish n chip shops!! I used to run in from work and unscrew the lid to get my daily allowance like a woman-possessed. They are delicious!
They can be a bit dry because I am guessing they have been hard boiled before they are pickled. I'm sure they aren't just cooked in the vinegar - maybe though!
I know they sound grim but go on, be daring! they are only 30p in the chippy so you can get one next time you're in - you might be pleasantly surprised!
Fresh from the farm, our Free Range premium eggs are shelled by hand and pickled in a crystal clear vinegar to produce a pickled egg with a unique flavour like no other. Enjoy as a tasty addition to your picnic.