With Easter 10 days away, now seems like a good time to talk
Separating whites from yolks – contrary to what you watched your mother do, it’s not the best idea to separate using the shell. Why? Eggs can transport that nasty nasty salmonella bacteria – where would you see those little uglies lurking? yup. The shell.
A better (safer) way – there are several:
1. Use your (clean) hands – break the egg into the palm of your hand, gradually open your fingers enough to allow the white to slip between them into the bowl beneath, while the yolk stays put. 10-year-old Sicily especially loved this method! It’ll work even better when her hands are 12. 🙂 Wash your hands well after. I know, not YOU, but somebody out there’s going to forget, lick their fingers and get real ugly-sick.
2. Break the whole egg into a bowl. Using a slotted spoon, dip into the bowl, lifting the yolk and gently transferring to a separate bowl. (Don’t try to do this with multiple eggs at once, unless … well, just don’t.)
3. Use a slotted tool specifically made for this purpose. There are a number of them on the market if that’s your pick. From $6.00 to something ridiculously more. While on topic, I must include this : years ago my sister-in-law bought me an oogley critter-head, cup-shaped, made of pottery. It has a rather wide frowning slit for a mouth. Break the egg inside, tip him over a bowl and he drools egg whites.
I alternate between using my hands and the ogre. My psychiatrist thinks I was repressed as a child and wasn’t allowed to play with my food enough. But honestly, who DID? Good news: I’m on meds. They’re helping. 😉 Would love to hear your method.
The perfect hard-boiled egg –
Never ever fails me. Put eggs in a pot of cold water – the pot should be large enough for the eggs to sit in one layer on the bottom. Bring water to boil and then immediately turn off the burner. Allow the eggs to sit, covered, in the pan of hot water for exactly 15 minutes. Remove eggs from water and set out on a towel to cool for 2 minutes. At this point, you can remove their shells. (Or, if you’ll be using them for Easter, either dye them straightaway, or put them back in the fridge to dye later.)
Peeling a hard-cooked egg – freshest eggs peel best. If you have trouble removing the shell, inserting the tip of a wet teaspoon under an edge of the shell and running it up under it can help.
I suppose we can talk eggs again another day, but that’ll do for now. This is just a spreenkle after all.