For the spiced vinegar.
Crush the spices lightly to bruise them, or leave them whole.
For me the traditional recipe has always been with just malt
vinegar as I remember when they used to be in pubs, but try your own
The use of spices is not necessary in this recipe but adding your
own flavours to the pickling mixture is part of the tradition of
If you have fresh eggs, or access to some, Don't use them yet.
Eggs are easier to peel if the shells are a bit harder as with
older eggs. If you have your own hens leave them a week before
Shop eggs are fine for this and will already be slightly older.
Choosing Pickling spices.
Pickling spices and combinations are a personal choice and make for the most
successful and enduring recipes. Some times the best recipes are the simplest.
You could always try mine!
Some advice on your choice of jars.
Vinegar is an acid and will react with certain materials. If you are not sure
about the jar you are using leave some vinegar in the pickle jar over night to
see if will take the pickling challenge.
Metal lids will go rusty with vinegar so place some plastic wrap
between the jar and the lid when you seal them.
More recipes - Experiment and enjoy!