I buy our eggs from a local fellow who raises his chickens in his yard. He only wants $2 per dozen, and they're absolutely delectable! I concur with the previous poster about the color of the yolks. The difference between grocery eggs and the eggs I buy is as radical as the difference between the color of a lemon and that of a school bus. Amazing.
I don't trust those "organic" and "omega-3" labels, after doing some snooping about on websites. Looks like just another gimmick to get us to pay higher prices. That "cage free" thing is total hogwash. Yes, there's a door open in the barns. But there's no incentive for the chickens to go out, because they're fed in the barn and there's nothing to eat or attract them outside. Not worth the high prices, IMO.
I don't know how the person who mentioned trouble with hard-boiling eggs is doing it, but it's certainly NOT "impossible" to do with fresh eggs! The eggs I get are scrupulously fresh... and I not only hard-boil but soft-boil many of them. I do mine based upon a technique I got from either America's Test Kitchen or some similar site...
Start with cold eggs, right from the fridge. Put only about 1/2" - 3/4" water in the pot. Bring it to boil, and put the eggs in. They don't have to be covered. Put the lid on, and turn the heat down to about medium (still bubbling, but not rolling). Cook for 5 min and 30-45 seconds (I know, it seems fussy!) for soft-boiled eggs.
I cook hard-boiled for 12-15 minutes this way.
Then plunge immediately into cold water to stop the cooking.
To peel, for hard-boiled, rap the shell smartly all over with the back of a spoon. Pull out a tiny piece of the shell from the large end, let the water into the hole, and insert a spoon under the shell. Run that spoon all around the inside, and the egg will shell out perfectly. I can even do this with the soft-boiled ones, although I have to be a bit gentler with them.
For the soft-boiled, I usually set them on their sides and give them a strong rap with the side of the spoon right across the middle ("equator"). Then I can separate the halves and again run the spoon between the shell and the white - comes right out neatly.
This comes from daily frustrations with breakfast! I eat 4 soft-boiled eggs nearly every morning... and we take hard-boiled eggs for lunches and snacks. I've learned the hard way how to make it work! There's only 2 of us here, and we can't get along with fewer than 2 dozen a week.
If you're having trouble boiling or peeling eggs, at least give this a try!
Edited by: EXOTEC at: 9/10/2013 (19:51)
...the problem with people these days is
they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
We did not create the web of life; we are but a strand in it.
We don't have souls. We ARE souls. We have bodies.
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