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#1 Fat Guy

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Posted 24 July 2002 - 03:38 PM

So I was cracking some eggs today and I got a bit of shell in there. So I did what I always do, and what somebody no doubt taught me to do, and what I'm sure most everybody does, which is I took half an egg shell and used it to scoop out the little bit of shell. No problem. Then it happened again (I was cracking a lot of eggs) and I thought about it and I experimented. I tried to get the little piece out with my fingers and I tried to get it out with a spoon. Absolutely no luck. The thing seemed consciously to be evading these alternate picking-up devices. So, what's going on here Why is the egg shell the best tool ever invented for getting egg shell out of egg?

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#2 LaNiña

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Posted 24 July 2002 - 03:40 PM

Ha! That is so true. Maybe because it's really thin? And sharp? Try using something else really thin and sharp and report back.

And what were you making?

#3 Sandra Levine

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Posted 24 July 2002 - 03:42 PM

I like to think it wants to go home.

#4 Fat Guy

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Posted 24 July 2002 - 03:45 PM

And what were you making?

Egg whites.

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#5 Jinmyo

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Posted 24 July 2002 - 04:02 PM

Mmmm. Egg whites.

All right, and what were you doing with the egg whites?
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#6 Fat Guy

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Posted 24 July 2002 - 04:06 PM

I haven't decided yet.

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#7 Steve Klc

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Posted 25 July 2002 - 07:10 AM

Have you gotten your hands on an iSi Profi Whip yet? There are several very nice foams based on egg whites.

Also, that shell trick is the best way to get spots of yolk out of the whites as well, which any meringue-maker will tell you can be detrimental to whipping whites.
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#8 Suzanne F

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Posted 25 July 2002 - 07:22 AM

But Sandra, does that mean that using a chicken bone would also work??

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Posted 25 July 2002 - 07:24 AM

I like leaving a few pieces of egg shell in the egg mix -- improves the texture, you know, gives it a certain crunchy authenticity. It's like the way they put soya chicken in cans of chiken soup to make you believe it was really made from real chickens.

Now Steven, you can't make egg white. You can certainly extract it from the whole egg, but you can't make it (except from soya, of course, and we all know you wouldn't do that). OK, so you now have this huge bowl of egg-white extracted from a couple of gross of fresh organic eggs, so what are you gonna do with them ? An obvious candidate is gelato, or maybe some form of appetizing, perhaps a hair rinse.

Perhaps of greater significance is the big question "Whaddya gonna do with the yolks?".

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Posted 25 July 2002 - 07:30 AM

(Yolks = gelato) + (egg whites = angel food cake) = dessert

#11 Fat Guy

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Posted 25 July 2002 - 07:34 AM

Have you gotten your hands on an iSi Profi Whip yet?

I don't have the Profi model but I've had the Easy model (button instead of lever) for years.

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#12 Fat Guy

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Posted 25 July 2002 - 07:36 AM

Now Steven, you can't make egg white. You can certainly extract it from the whole egg, but you can't make it

Can you make fruit salad? What separates make from extract?

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Posted 25 July 2002 - 07:40 AM

I just had to fish an eggshell out this morning and used a fork quite successfully. It was in a 2-cup pyrex measuring cup so I'm not sure I would have had enough room to manouver an eggshell half. Plus, if you're only using one egg (which I was) and you had eggshells in the egg because you made a total mess of cracking (not in this case) you might not have an eggshell half to use. The one egg was for:

Pancakes. Homemade buttermilk pancakes with real maple syrup. Mmmmm.

#14 macrosan

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Posted 25 July 2002 - 07:41 AM

Why do you insist on opening up these threads to Plotnicki ? :blink:

OK, if you want to make an egg-white salad, that's fine with me.

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Posted 25 July 2002 - 07:47 AM

Bushey: How big was the piece? I can't imagine getting a tiny speck out with a fork. Are you talking about a piece that was bigger than the space between the tines of a fork? If so, that's a different category of piece from what I'm talking about.

Macrosan: My lifestyle choices may seem odd to some, but I was simply standing around with nothing to do and I decided to crack four dozen eggs and set aside the egg whites for future use. I threw out all the yolks. The dog found it all highly entertaining, and so did I.

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#16 LaNiña

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Posted 25 July 2002 - 07:50 AM

Use some of it to give yourself a facial masque. No, I'm not kidding.

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Posted 25 July 2002 - 07:56 AM

Uh.... How do you crack an egg? Mostly, I see people do it on the rim of a bowl or something, but I thought you're supposed to do it on a flat surface.

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#18 Fat Guy

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Posted 25 July 2002 - 08:04 AM

http://www.pittsburg...ch/s_13898.html

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Posted 25 July 2002 - 08:19 AM

Fat Guy -- yes, the piece was larger than the space between the tines. For smaller pieces I use the tip of my index finger.

Aren't egg yolks supposed to be good for dogs' coats? How could you stand those big eyes watching you?

Make a dacquoise and let us know how it turns out.

I agree with Nina about the masque. Egg whites have superb pore tightening qualities. And then next time you can give yourself an alomnd and honey masque. :biggrin:

#20 Fat Guy

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Posted 25 July 2002 - 08:28 AM

For smaller pieces I use the tip of my index finger.

That just doesn't work when I try it.

How could you stand those big eyes watching you?

That's what dogs do: They watch you. You either get used to it or go insane.

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Posted 25 July 2002 - 08:35 AM

Sometimes I'm a softie and give in to the gaze. Depends how much of a drool puddle there is on the floor.

We've found a great treat for the dog that she can have as often as she wants: ice cubes. She comes running when she hears the ice dispenser on the fridge, and then she grabs a cube and takes it to her "special place" where she eats bones and pig ears. She's really sweet but dumb as dirt.

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Posted 25 July 2002 - 08:38 AM

I threw out all the yolks.

You threw out the yolks? !
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#23 LaNiña

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Posted 25 July 2002 - 08:43 AM

Maybe FG was afraid the yolks would spoil before he used them? For future reference...I use the yolks as hair conditioner treatment.

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Posted 25 July 2002 - 08:43 AM

Uh.... How do you crack an egg? Mostly, I see people do it on the rim of a bowl or something, but I thought you're supposed to do it on a flat surface.

Saint Jacques Pepin says to always crack eggs on a flat surface because using the rim of the bowl will drive tiny pieces of shell into the egg. Which one then has to fish out with a larger piece of shell for their sins.
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#25 Jinmyo

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Posted 25 July 2002 - 08:44 AM

I love raw yolk mixed into hot rice.
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Posted 25 July 2002 - 08:45 AM

Thanks, Jin.

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#27 CathyL

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Posted 25 July 2002 - 08:51 AM

Maybe FG was afraid the yolks would spoil before he used them?  For future reference...I use the yolks as hair conditioner treatment.



Egg yolks freeze very successfully if you blend them with a little sugar or salt first.

Steven, I wish you hadn't raised the question of WHY the half eggshell works so well to remove broken bits. I've spent far more time than I can afford trying to beat an answer out of Google. :biggrin:

Our bulldog loved eating egg yolks (actually the only thing she didn't love was dill pickles) but it was kind of gross to watch.

#28 Fat Guy

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Posted 25 July 2002 - 08:52 AM

You had a bulldog? Did you ever mention this to me before?

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Posted 25 July 2002 - 09:02 AM

You had a bulldog? Did you ever mention this to me before?


You never asked. :wink:

She was 8 months old when we got her (from a reputable breeder in NJ) and was already determined to be the household's alpha dog. It took us a few years to figure this out. She was quite intelligent and unbelievably stubborn. I chuckle whenever I see someone walking [sic] a bull that's decided it won't move another step. Period.

How is Momo faring in the heat? And what's your favorite technique for cleaning his wrinkles? We finally settled on a soft cloth and warm salt water.

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Posted 25 July 2002 - 09:11 AM

We use the Costco house brand of baby wipes by the cartonload. He hates the heat but we do our best to work around it. Sometimes we even make doggie play dates for him in rich people's air-conditioned mega-apartments. Today it's cool enough that we'll take him up to Fort Tryon Park in the late afternoon -- it's the best dog-run in the region. I work on the stubbornness issue with him every day -- it's a constant battle of the wills -- but we're doing quite well.

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