Pickled eggs saved us on many occasions! Surviving the heatwave in days or early August is a matter of experience for people who live in the Mediterranean zone. However, this summer, unbearable heat has reached Finland and England and other northern European countries! For Ketonians, all around the globe, sometimes heat gets even more difficult due to our higher fat content in our diet. To help you with this, we bring you a great idea for enriching your salads, dips and cold cuts platters when you simply don’t want to cook!
How a Ketonian can eat enough protein on a hot day?
Yes, I know, turning on the oven or stove is the last thing you want to do on a day of extreme heat. In fact, as I am writing this, the thermometer reached 38ºC (100ºF). Then again, standing next to the source of heat and cooking can cause nervousness and destroy the inspiration. But since we need the beneficial protein, we might wonder how to intake enough of it without cooking meat, eggs, and fish? Well, since the dawn of civilisation, humans have been drying, smoking, and fermenting meat, fish and even eggs!!!
Pickled eggs anyone?
Did you know, fermented foods are actually ideal for the summer heat! They will be especially beneficial for your gut microflora. As we know, that’s where your immune system is created. 😉 There are numerous recipes for fermented meat and fish and luckily, you can purchase smoked fish and have your instant protein fix. However, on this occasion, I want to invite you to try pickled eggs without added sugar.
How it will get fermented without sugar? well, the good bacteria will find enough of naturally occurring sugar in eggs and spices. But the sharp sour feeling will be neutralised by stevia or Monk fruit
Our passion for quail eggs
In fact, I tried pickled quail eggs and I believe I fell in love with them! As you know, here on Greek Goes Keto we always give advantage to quail eggs for their medicinal and nutritional advantage. Naturally, you can prepare pickled eggs with any kind of eggs and have them in your refrigerator for the days when you simply don’t want to cook! Of course, you can prepare this in the evening or on a day when it’s not that hot!
Quail eggs contain 5 times more phosphorus, 8 times more iron, 6 times more vitamin B1 and 15 times more vitamin B2 than domestic hen eggs. With its nutrition value, a single quail egg can replace 5 eggs of the domestic hen
Pickled Eggs (Greek Goes Keto style)Course: Keto appetiserCuisine: Keto MediterraneanDifficulty: medium
100 ml (1/2 cup) apple cider vinegar
150 ml (2/3 cup) filtered water
4 teaspoons granulated Monk fruit & erythritol blend (or stevia)
3 teaspoons sea salt
A few cloves, whole black or red pepper grains, cinnamon stick, star anise, bay leaves, rosemary branch, garlic, parsley, dill, red paprika flakes or any spice you like, be creative here!
24 quail eggs ( or 12 hen eggs)
- Boil the eggs and immediately immerse them in ice cold water. This way they will peel much easier.
- In a deep saucepan, place water, vinegar, all ther spices salt and sweetener. Bring this mixture to a boil. Remove it from heat and let it cool down.
- Crack and peel each egg and transfer them to a clean glass jar.
- Pour the pickling liquid over the eggs and seal the jar. Turn the jar upside down a few times to distribute the pickling liquid.
- Place the jar in the refrigerator and let the fermentation process do the miracle for at least 4 days.
- You can use your pickled eggs in salads or dips, or make deviled eggs. make sure you consume them within 3 weeks.
- Below you can see two nutrition fact labels. The first one is for 6 quail eggs and the other is for 3 hen eggs. That would be a proper portion! Quail eggs will give you less carbs, but also less protein and fat. However, they will give you many other beneficial micro nutrients.