Try, try again?? And sometimes again and again. That seems to be the story of my life lately. Take my pickled eggs and beets for instance. Yesterday I tried to make them and for some reason I couldn’t get my hard boiled eggs to peel – at all. I ended up throwing one dozen eggs into the garbage out of sheer frustration. If that wasn’t enough, after I painstakingly peeled and boiled a half dozen teeny tiny beets ( cuz that’s all I had in my garden..beets the size of a half dollar), I boiled all the water out of the pot and they were burnt to a crisp, stuck like glue, in the bottom of the pot. Try cleaning that baby up!! I quit! I’m not cut out for all this domestic kinda stuff. Yes my hubs loves beets, yes he loves pickled eggs, yes I love my hubs but come on, can’t I just buy him a 6 pack and call it a day?? Nope, I will not be defeated. I can do this. So this morning along with the help of my trusted sidekick, my granddaughter Annalie (she is only 4 so she doesn’t yet know what she is getting herself into) we tackled the task of pickled eggs and beets. It was a success. We conquered, we overcame, we nailed it!!
First we had to collect us some fresh chicken eggs, then we steamed them for 20 minutes followed by a plunge into an ice water bath. This time the eggs slid right out of the shell without any problems. So far so good, crossing my fingers, throwing salt over my shoulder and at Annalie for good measure.
Yesterdays stupid @*#gg#n eggs that refused to peel
Back out to the garden we went and picked us some more of those teeny tiny beets. Peeled, sliced and boiled. I stayed right by that pot to make sure the water was still in there. O.K. Next step. I measured out 1 cup of beet juice, 1 cup of apple cider vinegar, 1/3 cup of sugar, 1 small sliced onion and 1 tablespoon of pickling spices. I brought this all to a boil to dissolve that sugar and soften the onion. Then I let it cool and poured it into my canning jars along with my eggs and beets. I covered the jars with the lids and wiped the sweat from my brow and Annalies and we gave each other a big high 5!! The moral of the story here folks is… you can do anything as long as you don’t give up and as long as you have a trusted sidekick!!