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Recipe no. 1: How to boil farm fresh eggs

Go ahead and do a Google search for ‘how to boil an egg’ and you’d be amazed at the volume and variety of answers you get. Then again, do a search on ‘how to boil water’ and you’ll get just as many results, complete with videos and diagrams, no kidding.

Truth is, boiling farm fresh eggs requires slightly different handling than boiling regular store bought eggs. You see the fresher the egg, the more the membranes clings to the shell itself. With eggs that are just a day or two old, the outer membrane beneath the shell sticks tightly to the shell making peeling the egg almost impossible.

Original diagram found at www.exploratorium.edu

 

Directions on how to boil a farm fresh egg

  1. Start with eggs that don’t have any visible cracks
  2. Try to use eggs that are a couple of days old, say 2 to 4 days old.
    To test the freshness of an egg, place the egg in a bowl of water; an egg that lays on the bottom is fresh, an egg that stands on end is still usable, and an egg that floats should be discarded
  3. Over a high heat, bring water to a rapid boil, use a spoon to place eggs gently in boiling water one at a time – the shock of the hot water on the egg shell helps to jar the membrane from the shell – turn down heat to keep water at gentle boil.
    Please note some people suggest adding salt or vinegar to the water, I do neither as I believe it will affect the flavor of the eggs.
  4. The average size egg requires this much time for doneness:
    – Soft-boiled yolk / 4 to 5 minutes
    – Medium-boiled yolk / 6 to 7 minutes
    – Hard-boiled yolk / 12 to 15 minutes
  5. Remove pot with eggs from stove, pour out hot water and fill with cold water, let eggs cool for at least 10 minutes then drain and peel the eggs for use.
  6. To peel the egg, I prefer the rolling technique between hand and table (counter top) to crack the shell on all sides and gently loosen the layers … now remove the shell and enjoy. Refrigeration is necessary for hard boiled eggs if the eggs are not to be consumed within a few hours. Hard-cooked eggs in the shell can be refrigerated up to one week.

Food safety resources:
http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/charts/eggstorage.html
http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/types/eggs/
http://www.eggsafety.org/

Link your [whatever] to Your Eggzy Egg Stand

We’re very happy to announce our new Eggzy Quick Response (QR) Code badges. These new badges let you link your egg cartons, business cards, post cards – whatever you’d like – to your Eggzy Egg Stand. Wherever you stick ‘em, your subscribers will be able to scan them with their iPhone, Android or other smart phone and go straight to your Egg Stand!

How’s it work? Just log in to your Eggzy flock tools and click on ‘Manage Flock’ and then ‘Badges’. The new Eggzy QR Code badge is the first badge listed.

Eggzy QR Code Badge on Eggzy Flock Tools screenTo save your Eggzy QR Code to your computer, just right-click  (PC) or click and hold (Mac) on the QR Code image to save it to your computer. You can then re-size it and print it on pretty much anything you like. At our house, we’ve been using them on our date labels for our egg cartons. We pre-print a stack of date labels and then stamp the current date when we start a new carton.

Eggzy QR Code on Egg Carton Label

Now, our subscribers can scan our egg cartons with their iPhone, Android or other smart phone and jump right to our Egg Stand to check availability, pickup/delivery schedule, etc.

Eggzy Egg Stand on iPhone

We’ll be posting again soon with more uses for your Eggzy QR Code badge. In the meantime, have fun experimenting or check out these QR Code  links for more info and ideas:

Wikipedia entry for QR Codes

What Business Card? Just Scan My QR Code

How QR Codes Can Grow Your Business

 

Facebook, Twitter & Flickr, Oh My!

You may have noticed we’ve added a few icons to Eggzy recently. They’re links to our Facebook, Twitter, and new Flickr Group pages, and to our News Feed from the Eggzy Blog.

Our goal with these social media services is to make it easier to share information – for us to share news and updates with you, and to give you more options for communicating with us. If you’ve got something to say and you’re on Facebook or Twitter, post on our wall or message us! To keep current with what’s happening at Eggzy or in the world of local, sustainable or urban ag, ‘like’ us on Facebook,’ follow’ us on Twitter or subscribe to our News Feed. And starting last week, now you can post your flock photos on Eggzy’s Home page by joining our Flickr Group.

Why a Flickr Group?

Flickr’s one of the top photo sharing tools on the web. It’s feature-rich and has a large user base, including many professional photographers. What’s more, many of you are already using it to share your flock photos on your Egg Stands. By joining the Eggzy Flickr Group, you can now have your flock photos included on our Home page.

Eggzy Home Page

Joining the Eggzy Flickr group is easy, just sign into Flickr and go to http://www.flickr.com/groups/eggzy/. Once there, just click on the ‘Join this group’ link, and you’re done!

From then on, when you’d like to share a photo of your flock on the Eggzy Home page, just go to Flickr, click on the photo you’d like to share, select ‘Add to a group’ from the ‘Actions’ menu and choose the Eggzy Group. For more on using Flick Groups, check out Flickr Help.

As always, we’d love to hear from you, our fellow flock owners. So ‘friend us’, ‘tweet’ us and/or join us online and let us know what you think, we welcome the opportunity to connect with you.