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Eggs in General
Member Name: ryanando
Eggs in General
Advantages: tasty, quick, cheap
Disadvantages: Chicken butt. oh and allergies
If you've never had an egg before then I firstly have to welcome you to the planet and implore you to try the Sambuca. Then I need to explain a little about where they come from (unless you are all oologists).
Eggs are laid (aka generally plonked out of the down below area) by fish, birds, reptiles and very old TV presenters such as Anne Robinson.* You really don't want to know what goes into the making of a Fabergé egg. You may also be interested to find out there are a total of 3 animals classed as Mammals, collectively known as monotremes, that lay eggs. Anne falls into the reptile classification.
Eggs have been used as food for near on a gazillion years (or there about) with many ancient cultures having depictions of eggs in all that junk they left lying round for us to dig up later. Mostly people will indulge in the fish eggs (caviar) and the birdie ones but tend to steer clear of Reptile eggs...at least in Britain, probably due to the fact no one is crazy enough to try and steal crocodile eggs. I hear they do like a bit of Iguana egg if you travel to South America though!
Eggs (at least the chicken ones) are basically what happens when the chickens don't have enough loving in their pen, resulting in their eggs not being fertilised by a hunky rooster and so not producing any of those cute little chicks. The yolk is supposed to be a food supply for the chick while its growing inside the egg and, when the egg isn't fertilised, is just going to waste.
The most common egg in Britain is the good old chicken egg. They are generally an oval shape, about an inch or two long, ranging from a creamy white to a kind of peachy colour. Apparently with most chickens you can tell what colour of egg they will lay by looking at the colour of their ear lobes. Apparently chickens have ear lobes.
Eggs are possibly one of the more versatile things on the entire planet. They are used in cakes, pies, noodles, mayonnaise, egg nog (surprise), lemon curd, burgers, meatballs and turn into robots that save the planet from certain destruction. Even without making them into something fancy, they can be quite nice. Here's a quick run down of the easiest ways to cook eggs
Boiled eggs are easy to make if you have a timer or aren't fussy of the outcome. For soft boiled eggs you should stick them in some cold water, in a small pan so they don't bounce around too far and crack open. Bring them to the boil then turn the heat down so it simmers for 4-5 minutes. For hard boiled just plonk the buggers in for 7-8 minutes. If you decide to throw your eggs into boiling water, you run the risk of them cracking open. Also make sure when your eggs are cooked you put them back into cold water before you peel them. Not only will it make sure you don't burn yourself, it stops a horrible black ring forming round the yolk of the egg.
Poached eggs are equally easy to make and, depending on the method, you get to play with the water. Upon thinking about this, its basically making a boiled egg without having to peel the shell off at the end. You swirl your boiling water round and drop an egg into the middle. Some people prefer to wrap the innards of the egg in cling film (line a cup with cling film, crack the egg into it, tie the top, walla, egg in a bag) before boiling as it saves on cleaning.
Scrambled, also known in my house as "failed omelette" is by far the easiest method of cooking ever and the tastiest I know. Normally I melt a rather large chunk of butter, the best food group, in a pan. Whisk a few eggs round in a jug then throw them into the melted butter, stirring constantly till its nice and cooked. There is only one downside of scrambled eggs...let me explain. My dog likes rug munching and, as nutritious as a big hunk of mums new Ikea rug is, it doesn't sit well in her stomach, resulting in little piles of dog barf lovingly placed around the house for a day or two after. Scrambled eggs have an uncanny resemblance to the aftermath of my dog chewing carpet.
There are twenty billion and three other recipes out there containing egg so if you are interested, I will point you in the direction of Google.
***Alternative Uses for Eggs***
Eggs are used not only in cooking but for many other things. Mainly for vandalism. Egging someone's house is a great way to even the score if you don't get anything from them at Halloween or if they just annoy the life out of you. Other fantastic targets are cars and small children. In Scotland, we have a fun tradition of egging people when it is their birthday. That's what they get for having one of THOSE! Some schools like to throw in the whole cake mix.
Eggs can also be used in skin and hair care. Due to the high amounts of nutritional goodness they contain, they can reduce under eye puffiness, tighten and firm your face while supplying your skin with plenty vitamin A (which is good for getting rid of wrinkles).
The protein in eggs makes them perfect for restoring damaged hair (especially after bleaching) and they tend to be cheaper than high protein conditioners.
They can be used to plug up leaks in your car radiator too. I wouldn't recommend it myself, but it's one of those fishwives ways to temporarily patch up your crappy car long enough to get it to someone with a blow torch.
The shells can be used as an Eco-Friendly way of keeping snails and slugs out of your garden, just crunch them up and sprinkle them round. The sharp edges hurt the slugs tiny feet and they run away crying, never to be seen again.
Eggs also come in quite handy for celebrating Jesus and his magical powers while providing your children with something to do for ten minutes. Hard boil an egg and then get your kids to decorate it with some paint or a felt tip pen on the shell. Don't worry if you aren't down with the J man, you too can paint your eggs as, like many Christian traditions, painting eggs was a past time of many cultures way before Big J was on the scene. In fact, Babylonians done the whole Easter thing to celebrate the resurrection of their goddess, sometimes known as Asteroth, (the one who wrote the spells in bed knobs and broomsticks if you like Disney) too. Funny old world ain't it.
This varies from place to place and mainly depends on the type of eggs you get. As a rule of thumb, the more you care about the welfare of the chickens, the more you will need to pay to ease your conscience.
The level of poshness the eggs are packaged in also has an effect at times. The cheapest eggs tend to come from chickens who are kept in appalling conditions, slightly more costly are the eggs from the chickens who like to roam around in the outdoors, coming home to home cooked meals and five kids.
The type of eggs also has silly effects on the prices. You'll pay a crap load more for quail eggs and they are tiny!
The price of six chicken eggs can bounce between 80 pence and £3.99 depending on how posh you like your packaging and how much you want to know about the chickens feelings.
As with everything, there are downsides to eggs. Firstly, they are deceptive. Very easy to cook but also very easy to screw up royally. Don't ever get too relaxed round eggs. Secretly they are evil (see 'deviled eggs')
Eggs can also be very messy, they break easily and can get goop everywhere which is hard to clean. The smell can be quite overpowering if they go rotten thanks to the sulphur in the white and this can also contribute to bad breath.
Egg allergies are one of the most common allergies in young children and reactions can range from mild to quite severe. Also the allergies to eggs can be quite sneaky. Take my cousin for example. He quite happily eats cakes, mayo, noodles and world saving robots and he is fine. If he so much as glances at a boiled egg, his entire body swells up and my mother gets extremely panicked. It would seem it's not the done thing to kill your nephew with a boiled egg the first time you baby sit for him. Thankfully, death from egg allergies is very rare. So you'll get scared out of your wits for nothing.
Eggs have also been the centre of a lot of controversy as they are linked with salmonella. It is said that one in every 700 eggs is laced with the bug, like a fun game of Russian roulette. There are also some tenuous links between eggs and cancer, but then last time I checked, breathing, blinking, sleeping, eating meat, eating vegetables, over cooking, under cooking, keeping animals, having children, being poor and being rich also contribute towards getting cancer. Pretty safe to just ignore that one then.
Eating an egg a day supposedly increases your chance of death (just in general) by about 23%. Moral of the story, don't get on a train full of egg eaters. You will be doomed.
If you are a bit squeamish, then the fact you can sometimes get blood spots in your eggs might freak you out. This happens when there's damage to the blood vessels round the yolk when its forming. It's also a good indicator that the egg is fresh as, with age an egg will dilute the blood spot with water from the white. Still a bit gross when you get a bloody egg though.
Last but not least, bird eggs come from bird butts. Ok so, technically its not their butt. BUT birds only have one opening. They have three separate tubes on the inside which all dump into the same area and are then pushed out, essentially pooping, peeing and laying those farm fresh eggs out of the same orifice. Enjoy!
Eggs are an amazing food. Versatile, aero dynamic and incredibly messy when you need it to be. Cheap and readily available from every supermarket, they can be turned into something easy, quick and tasty whenever you want.
Go get you some eggs.
*for the record, Anne Robinson does not lay eggs. She does, however, eat her young.
Summary: Great little snack food you just cant get enough of. unless your allergic
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