Unknownchef86's Purple Pickled Eggs

Total Time
6hrs 5mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 6 hrs

This is something I ate growing up, something that can cause grown adults to salivate merely by mentioning the recipe. Apparently it's a Pennsylvania Dutch recipe, on my maternal grandmother's side of the family. Whoever it was that first decided to include it in their recipe collection...thank you! After getting in a "pickled egg discussion" with Sandi (from CA), I searched 'Zaar and discovered that, amongst the twenty five already here, there wasn't another pickled egg recipe like the one I'd grown up with. None of them had cinnamon or cloves. So here I am, saving the world one pickled egg at a time. ;) Prep time does not include pickling time in the refrigerator. Just for fun, split one after it's pickled. The white should be a purplish-pink color, and the yolk should be yellow. It makes a beautiful contrast. The longer the eggs sit in the brine, the darker and more flavorful they will get. You will discover, however, how many days you prefer them to sit and percolate...I don't usually care to pickle them any longer than a week, as the brine starts soaking into the yolk. I usually double the recipe and store them in a gallon jar.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • Brine

  • 12 cup beet juice
  • 12 cup vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 12 teaspoon cinnamon (or 1 stick cinnamon)
  • 14 teaspoon clove
  • Beets and eggs

  • 2 cups cooked beets, sliced (or small, whole beets)
  • 1 dozen egg, hardboiled, peeled and chilled


  1. Heat brine ingredients to boiling. Pour over beets and let stand six hours.
  2. Add hardboiled eggs and let stand in refrigerator for up to one week. Assuming you can wait that long. I can't. I start snitching them the day after they're put in the fridge.


Most Helpful

These were very good. It only took a day for the eggs to start absorbing the color. My son and I shared one every day to see the change, and by the 4th day they were pretty much done. A nice addition to salad. I actually think I'll make another batch today :-)

afghanmom May 11, 2008

I have a deep and abiding dislike for beets. I always have. That being said, for some strange unfathomable reason I decided to do a batch of these purple eggs. I do like pickled eggs and that's a fact. Not only did I like the eggs, I liked the beets too. I figured I must have slipped a cog or two so I whipped up a second batch just to see how crazy I was. Then a third and yet again a fourth. As I write this review there's a batch in the works in the fridge, I disremember if it's the fifth or the sixth not that it matters all that much. These have become one of my favorites. Thanx for posting this great recipe. Pierre

Pierre Dance March 10, 2008

I can't believe it's been almost a year since you posted this before I made it. I'm ashamed, I tell you! Ashamed! ;o) However, now that I've made it, I've turned over a new beet! These are delicious. I didn't even wait a day before I threw my jaws into one. Yummy! I am letting them sit with some white onion slices because... well, because the onions demanded it and who am I to argue? And I increased the salt a bit because... yup. The onions demanded it. Dastardly things. Anyway, I'll definitely make these again, thank you, UC!

Sandi (From CA) January 12, 2007

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