Recipes for pickled eggs include hard-boiled eggs, white or cider vinegar, salts, and pickling spices. Some recipes include beet juice for color. The cook brings the pickling solution to a boil, lets it simmer for five minutes, and pours it over peeled eggs while hot, which produces tender egg whites.
Spices and seasonings may include allspice, diced onions, cinnamon sticks or red cinnamon candy. Some recipes include brown sugar, dill weed, small beets, hickory smoke salt or garlic salt. It takes one to four weeks for the eggs to absorb the pickling flavors, depending on the sizes of the eggs. The pickled eggs typically taste best when eaten within three to four months.