Eggs 101

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Every morning I wander out to our chicken coop to check for eggs.  One thing I’ve learned (the hard way) is to look first before reaching into the nest boxes.  One time I opened the latch on the egg door and started my reach just as I started bending over to look…a ditch tiger was in there hissing.  Who knew cats ate eggs!    Several times I’ve come close to petting a racoon and one time a smelly, dirty possom gave me a heart attack.  You just never know what you are going to get despite the best security plans.   After that possom almost killed me, I went electric.  Now those egg sucking bastards can fry.

Here’s a real oldie!

The thrill of seeing what has been set, of rustling the hens up off of their nests or reaching under their warm, soft bellies if they are feeling especially maternal, hasn’t left me after 20 years of pretending to be a poultry farmer.  Sometimes there are more browns than whites and sometimes the opposite, but after gathering up a fresh clutch of eggs, I always say, “Thank you,” to my girls.

Baby chicks each spring!

The eggs click and roll against each other and rattle in the metal bucket I carry as I walk back up the side yard to the house.  Remi turns into a boot licker when she hears the clatter, so I end up tossing her a tasty treat.   These eggs have been scrambled, whipped, boiled, fried, dropped, poached, flipped, and turned into the best noodles ever!  They have fed my whole family.  Over the years I have found a tricky way to make hard boiled eggs and I wanted to share my super secret technique with you.   Holidays and summer picnics will be here before the rooster crows so jot this down!

The best way to make hard boiled eggs

is in the  O V E N !!

 

 

 

Place these delicious ovals in a muffin tin, pop into a preheated 325 degree oven for 25-30 minutes.

The shells will peel easier after cooling and the taste is ten-fold any water boiled egg. 

Just thinking about the goop that oozes from eggs if they crack while boiling, and then remembering how  the ooze turns into rubber, gives me the willies.

 

After your eggs are cooled, why not have some holiday fun by making carrot tops for them?  Use cloves for the eyes.

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