Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Eggs and Embroidery

Celeste had a question about the best way to cook hard boiled eggs so that the shells are easy to peel. Based on my experience and a little online research, here are some key elements to egg cooking perfection:
  • Don't use eggs that have been sitting in your refrigerator for a while. The pH level in eggs changes as they age (which experts believe affects their peelability), and it is best for hard boiling when they are seven to ten days old. Here, I'm assuming you're getting your eggs from the grocery store and a problem is that it's very difficult to know just how old they are there.
  • Be sure to put your cooked eggs in an ice bath after taking them off the stove to stop the cooking process. This will also help prevent the green from forming around the yolk, which occurs after overcooking when iron in the yellow part of the egg combines with sulfur in the white part.
  • Start to finish, the process should run as follows: put the eggs in a pot with cold water (some people believe that putting some salt in the water will ease the peeling process later). Put the pot on the stove and get the water to boil, put a cover on the pot and take it off the heat. When thirteen minutes have passed, put the eggs in an ice bath until they are fully cooled.

Lish wanted to see some free embroidery patterns, which you will not find at my beloved Lion Brand site. You can find them over at DMC, though, whether you're working on linen or Aida. There are also a bunch more over here. Good luck!

Any other questions you think I can answer? I'm flattered to be asked for advice and if you tell me I am smart and pretty I will be especially motivated to find you some answers.


At 9/21/2005 7:16 PM, Blogger celeste said...

lol, I always assume that smart and pretty girls like you get tired of hearing that they are smart and pretty all the time :)
You are TOO cool for taking the time to post this on your blog. I can't wait to try the tips this weekend. I'll keep you posted!
Thanks again.

At 9/22/2005 12:51 AM, Blogger Lish said...

Thanks Laura! I will go check that out!

At 9/22/2005 10:45 AM, Blogger Dave said...

Hello, Michele sent my newfangled self over here! Mmm, eggs! Here's another interesting fact about peeling eggs. I live on a farm and we have the freshest eggs you can possibly have, but try and hard boil one, and it's very frustrating! When you say 7-10 days, I'll bet that's right on! It turns out that when they are fresher than that, they're harder to peel because there isn't as much air inside the egg and the white sticks to the shell too much. Well there you go. My favorite way to eat eggs, in case you're interested (and even if you aren't!) is poached, and I'm very good at poaching eggs, if I do say so! :)

At 9/23/2005 11:26 PM, Blogger deputyswife said...

Hello, here via Michele tonight!

Hey, thanks for the egg tip. I have a hard time peeling eggs, but now I think it is because I use my oldest eggs first. I will try using the fresher ones next time! And I am always looking for a cute pattern.

I almost was disappointed I stopped. The snake thing REALLY FREAKED ME OUT!!! LOL!!!


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