Monday, September 8, 2008

Egg Tip

You know it's been so many years I can't even remember who told me this tip, but I remember showing someone and they were quite impressed. I got to thinking that most of us have little tips we never think to share because we either all think that everybody already knows or they are so silly that everybody should know.

If you think about it how many times have you done something without really thinking? Whether someone shared it with you so long ago you've forgotten who, or you've come up with it yourself, think "would anyone else know this?"

My first tip:
How do you easily get out an eggshell that has fallen into your egg? Way back, I used to chase it around with a fork or a spoon, and when that didn't work I'd plunge my fingers in, until one day someone said to me; "use the eggshell itself." It works! :)


Little Old Liz said...

I hate to be a downer, but doesn't adding more egg shell increase the risk of salmonella contamination?

I saw on Ace of Cake (the Food Network) that if you leave the chip in the bowl, it will stick to the bowl when you pour the eggs out. Darned if it doesn't work!

Kansas A said...

Hi Liz, I never thought of that so I had to Google salmonella and have a look see.
Here's what I found:
Scientists estimate that, on average across the U.S., only 1 of every 20,000 eggs might contain the bacteria. So, the likelihood that an egg might contain Se is extremely small – 0.005% (five one-thousandths of one percent). At this rate, if you’re an average consumer, you might encounter a contaminated egg once every 84 years.
It goes on to say that proper cooking would eliminate the bacteria if it's there anyway. I'm not sure if my chances increase or decrease as I'm using eggs from my own farm fresh free range chickens?? So far everything's been good :)

coloursofdawn said...

I was going to say, I might not want to try that without rinsing my shell as so far we haven't washed the eggs we gather and a couple are not spotless. For the most part I wouldn't worry about that though and being the food scientist type, I wouldn't be worried about the salmonella either, especially with the stats you quoted.

Anonymous said...

Handy to know as I usually chase it around the bowl I will now try the shell and see how it works.ab

Anonymous said...

Great Tip.

Brenda S. Adams said...

Sounds like a great idea to me. I also have chickens (girls only, thank you), and after gathering their eggs, first thing I do is wash them under cold running water as a precaution ~ never in warm or hot as impurities will leach into the egg itself! As one blogger mentioned, fresh eggshells are not always sparkling clean and it's much better to be safe than sorry. :o)