Since the world didn't end yesterday or last night, I guess it wasn't a waste of time to freeze some of my extra eggs.
In the last post this is what my egg supply looked like:
Six dozen+ eggs and I had not collected for the day yet.
Under the watchful eyes of some little chicken friends,
I decided to boil a few just for variety
and to make an easy egg salad recipe.
Slightly Spicy Egg Salad
Two hard boiled eggs
1-2 tbsp of dill relish
1-2 tbsp of Kraft Spicy Mayo
Salt and pepper to taste
Add relish and Mayo
Stir until mixed
If you don't have spicy mayo you can
add a 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper.
I got the idea for freezing the eggs from Backyard Chickens.com
Here's what the process looked like:
Nine medium sized eggs
Mix in some honey, sugar or salt as a preservative.
Pour into an ice tray.
Find a flat spot in the freezer to set them for a few hours.
For some reason my little chicken friends
didn't want to follow the eggs into the freezer.
I had to thaw them in an inch or two of warm water
before they would come out of the tray.
Next time, I'll spray it with a little cooking oil
before I add the beaten eggs.
Store them in ziploc bags. Large eggs, which are what most
recipes call for, weigh two ounces. I haven't weighed these cubes yet,
but if they aren't two ounces I can add a tablespoon or two of water
to make up the difference.
I can take them out a few at a time and thaw
them in the fridge overnight this winter
when the girls aren't laying as many as they are right now.
The boiled eggs came out pretty well this time. The first time I tried to boil fresh eggs most of the white came off with the shell.
Another trip to Backyard Chickens.com helped me find the answer
to that dilemma. They need to be three or four weeks old
so that there is a little air space for the egg to expand into
when it's being boiled.
This kitchen adventure took place on Wednesday.
After three days, I've got seven dozen eggs in the fridge again.
It's a wonderful "problem" to have, but I think I'll be
visiting my parents and some of the neighbors soon
with the gift of fresh eggs.