I have been looking into this too. I don't understand the risks exactly. I know that commercial pickled eggs can be bought and they are not refrigerated. FDA says it is OK to pickle them, but they need to be refrigerated. I am still looking for a recipe that says it's OK to leave them in the pantry. We use to go to a little country store that had them out on the counter. We never got sick, and we ate lots of them.