Quails' eggs

Discussion in 'Eggs, Cheese and Dairy' started by morning glory, Jan 12, 2018.

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  1. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Quails' eggs are so pretty. Its almost a shame that you have to remove the shells. But trust me, your guests won't thank you if you ask them to peel their own boiled quail's egg. Luckily there is a great technique for getting the shells of without tears ('tears' meant in both senses of the word). In case you don't know, I will show you how below.

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    Meanwhile, what do you do with quails' eggs? They make a great appetiser, hard boiled and topped with caviar or crispy bacon crumbs. Or, perhaps mini stuffed eggs? I also like them poached and served on blinis. Or how about Scotch quails' eggs?

    Do you eat quails' eggs? If so, how do you like to eat them? Could they be served in a main course, I wonder?

    Here is how to peel quails' eggs easily:
    1. For hard boiled, boil for 2 mins. For soft boiled, 1 minute.
    2. Drain off the water and put the quails' eggs in a small container (I used a coffee mug).
    3. Cover with vinegar (any cheap vinegar) and leave for ten minutes. The shells will partially dissolve (forming slight bubbles).
    4. Drain and peel!

    The eggs in the mug covered in vinegar - you can see the little bubbles:

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    Drained of vinegar - notice how the pretty brown mottling has almost dissolved (the top 3 are unpeeled)

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    Voila! Ten speedily peeled quails' eggs (there were twelve but I ate two).

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    Last edited: Jan 12, 2018
  2. CraigC

    CraigC Senior Member

    Location:
    SE Florida
    I've never had them. I've seen them put raw on top of dishes, but never considered them for hard boiling.
     
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  3. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Can't you get them where you are? They are very delicious - creamier tasting than hens' eggs. They are good pickled too - see here, pickled with turmeric:
    Pickled Quail's Eggs with Tomato and Chilli Jellies and Caperberries
     
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  4. Kake Lover

    Kake Lover Senior Member Staff Member

    Location:
    Manchester
    I've never had quails eggs, either. I'll keep a look out for them, I think.
     
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  5. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Waitrose sell them, usually.
     
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  6. Kake Lover

    Kake Lover Senior Member Staff Member

    Location:
    Manchester
    We don't have a local Waitrose, unfortunately. Nearest one is a 30 minute drive down the motorway.
     
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  7. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    :ohmy:
     
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  8. epicuric

    epicuric Über Member Staff Member

    Location:
    Shropshire, UK
    There was a trend amongst 'celebrity' chefs a few years ago for making Scotch quail eggs. The trick was to keep the yolk runny. I suspect these would be delicious, but way beyond my abilities.
     
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  9. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Might be easier than you think - that is, if you can make a Scotch eggs in the first place. I may try...
     
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  10. CraigC

    CraigC Senior Member

    Location:
    SE Florida
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  11. ElizabethB

    ElizabethB Senior Member

    Location:
    Lafayette, LA. US
    I remember seeing fresh quail eggs at the Farmer's Market. Pickled Quail Eggs are very popular in the south. Many local markets have a section for locally produced items - jams, jellies, preserves, honey and pickled quail eggs. Back when there were lots of small neighborhood bars a gallon jar of pickled quail eggs would be behind the bar - free for the asking.

    I think @The Late Night Gourmet may have made Scotch Eggs with quail eggs.
     
  12. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    That is most interesting and not something I would ever have thought. As it happens I pickled some the other day so I expect I'll put them into a photo soon.
     
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