Salted duck eggs (itlog na maalat)

I was very happy to receive the duck eggs from my husband’s colleague 21 days ago, of course the first thing that came to my mind is to make salted eggs a.k.a itlog na maalat in Filipino term (:. It is best eaten with lots of tomatoes and vinegar. I have been missing and craving this homey food very much so I brined the duck eggs for 21 days and today the long wait is over. Finally, I can cook and eat them. They were just perfect for my taste as it’s not too salty.

salted eggs

salted eggs

Despite its name, salted duck eggs can also be made from chicken eggs, though the taste and texture will be somewhat different, and the egg yolk will be less rich. I’ve read that Shaoxing wine could turn egg yolks  into  orange-red beautifully unfortunately I don’t have Shaoxing wine.

Ingredients:

  • 1 dozen duck eggs
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cup salt
Procedure:
1. Wash eggs then dry them using paper towels. Carefully place them in a clean large jar. In a pot over medium heat, bring water to a boil. Add salt while stirring until water is already saturated and salt can no longer dissolve. Remove from heat. Allow the brine solution to completely cool down before pouring it in the jar. To help the eggs stay submerged, fill a small plastic bag with water, seal it and put it on top of the eggs before placing the jar lid.
2. Store the jar in room temperature for 21-25 days. Do a readiness test on the 21st day by boiling one egg. If you think it is salty enough for you, and the yolk is already dark yellow, then wash eggs then boil for 20 minutes or until fully cooked.You can add a few drops of food colouring if you want an authentic bright pink colour. Add 1 tbsp. of vinegar to make the colouring adhere to the egg shells.  Run the eggs under cold water then drain. If you think the eggs are not yet ready, leave them in the brine for 4 to 67 more days. You can store boiled salted eggs in the refrigerator for up to one month.
itlog na maalat

itlog na maalat

 

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