Traditional[ edit ] The traditional method for producing century eggs developed through improvement of the aforementioned primitive process. Instead of using just clay , a mixture of wood ash , calcium oxide , and salt is included in the plastering mixture, thereby increasing its pH and sodium content. The addition of calcium oxide and wood ash to the mixture lowers the risk of spoilage and also increases the speed of the process. A recipe for creating century eggs starts with the infusion of three pounds of tea in boiling water. To the tea, three pounds of calcium oxide or seven pounds, if done in winter , nine pounds of sea salt , and seven pounds of ash from burned oak is mixed into a smooth paste. Each egg is individually covered by hand, with gloves worn to protect the skin from chemical burns.
Pateros method[ edit ] Red salted duck eggs sold in the Philippines. A popular method for processing salted eggs in the Philippines is the Pateros method. The salted egg is prepared "Pateros style" by mixing clay from ant hills or termite mounds , table salt and water in the ratio of 1: The fresh eggs are individually dipped in the admixture, and packed in egg batches in newspaper-lined 10x12x18 inch wooden boxes often residual boxes of dried fish packing. The whole batch is then lightly wrapped in newspapers to slow down the dehydration process. The eggs are then stored indoors at room temperature over the next 12 to 14 days to cure, the salt equilibrating in the batch by osmosis.
Instead of packing yet another bag of sweet candy for my little girl to take to school to share with her little goblin and princess friends, I thought to make a more healthy sweet Halloween treat. I ended up making these quick, easy, fun little snacks, the Sweet Pickled Quail Eggs, naturally colored a lovely ghoulish Halloween purple with the dye from purple sweet potato. Quail eggs are usually available at Asian grocery stores and are not that pricey if you find them there.
The traditional way to pickle eggs is in a brine made of salt and vinegar. This recipe gives you gorgeous purple pickled eggs using beneficial bacteria! Purple Pickled Eggs With Probiotics I love beets and beet kvass and I thought the combination of beets and hard boiled eggs would work well.