My garlic turned green in my pickled eggs, why?

Discussion in 'Food Safety' started by crankybuzzard, Feb 5, 2017.

  1. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

     
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Sometimes that happens to me too in my pickles.

    I don't know if they are alright to eat, but I usually pitch them.

    Al
     
  3. dls1

    dls1 Smoking Fanatic

    Could be a couple things, but it's not anything to be concerned about.

    First, since your pickling I assume you're using vinegar (an acid) as a part of your solution. When garlic meets vinegar, the cell membranes of the cloves break down resulting in the release of an enzyme that reacts and produces a pigments called anthocyanins. In turn, these pigments will color the garlic in a blue or greenish blue hue.

    Secondly, if you're using tap water in your solution, traces of metal in the water such as copper can react with the natural sulfur in the garlic resulting in a similar hue.

    In either case, no harm is done, and all's safe to eat.
     
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2017
  4. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks gents, it happens each batch, and I still eat the eggs, was just curious. Also figured others could benefit from an answer as well.
     
  5. halfsmoked

    halfsmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Glad to see someone had a honest answer I thought it could have been from the vapor of that jar of kimchi you broke. [​IMG]

    Warren
     
  6. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  7. tripleq

    tripleq Smoking Fanatic

    Green Eggs and Ham, errr garlic
     
  8. halfsmoked

    halfsmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Hey sorry for the pain a little CR will help the pain I'm sure.

    Ms. feeling better??

    Warren
     
  9. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yeah, she's definitely on the mend, finally!

    CR will be located at some point I'm sure!
     
  10. ab canuck

    ab canuck Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    mmmm I love pickled garlic....... Green stuff is good to eat as dls said. 
     
  11. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I just took out a 2.5 million life insurance policy on you.

    [​IMG]
     

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