History Of Pickled Eggs
Pickled eggs are exactly what the name implies – eggs pickled in brine.
This simple dish has a rich history. Pickled eggs were one of the first popular bar snacks.
You may see bowls of peanuts and chips at your bar of choice, but it’s a rare sight to see a jar of pickled eggs on the counter.
However, at the beginning of the 19th century many American bars offered hard boiled eggs to their patrons. Eggs were a cost-effective option for tipsy bar-goers to get some sustenance.
But that’s not all. Eating boiled eggs usually made clients thirstier, so they’d tend to order more drinks.
At the time, hard boiled eggs had another key appeal – hygiene. A boiled egg’s edible interior is kept protected by its shell.
In mid-19th century New-Orleans, boiled eggs as bar snacks were popular for their durability. Eggs could stay on the counter for a few hours without turning rancid.
Boiled eggs were also offered at so-called “free lunch” counters. Bar owners hoping to encourage more clientele would offer a free meal, usually a boiled egg.
But how did boiled – and eventually pickled – eggs become a bar staple at all?
German saloons cropped up all across the United States at the start of the 19th century. These saloons introduced pickled eggs as a savory bar snack to compliments beers and lagers. (Source)
In chilly European countries, pickling food was not a choice but a necessity. Eggs were pickled to preserve them during cold winter months. (Source)
It’s unlikely you’ll find boiled eggs in most American bars due to health and safety regulations. Despite this, they are still a commonplace bar snack in some German cities. (Source)
Another reason why pickled eggs have lost favor?
Free bar food today usually consists of processed snacks. Pretzels, salted nuts and chips have replaced comparatively healthy pickled eggs. (Source)
Health Benefits Of Pickled Eggs
Pickled eggs aren’t just for casual snacking to compliment a cool beer….
Read the full recipe on Ultimate Paleo Guide.