Eggs Coming Out Your Ears?

| 12/13/2012 5:17:01 PM

Here at Green Eggs and Goats, it seems to always be feast or famine when it comes to eggs.  We never seem to just have a constant supply.  Over the weekend, we found 2 clutches of hidden eggs, so I have those in a bowl on the counter.  While I believe them to all be perfectly fine and they all sunk in water, I would not sell these.  I crack them into a separate cup before mixing them with others just in case one is older than I thought. 

duck eggs 

 A bowl of Cayuga duck eggs 

(no they aren't dirty, they just lay grey, streaky eggs)  

At the same time, my ducks and hens seem to have decided that they want to pick back up their laying!  The current count on my counter is 33 eggs, and I'm completely out of egg cartons!  While I am ecstatic about the sudden influx of eggs, it can occasionally leave me feeling a little overwhelmed, so that is why I decided to make this list of possible uses for the eggs!

 egg carton 
My Ceremic Egg Holder Overfloweth 

When you have eggs coming out your ears, you basically have 8 choices:

  1. Sell them.  Research a fair price, don't try to undersell or oversell your market!
  2. Eat them.  More about that in a minute.
  3. Freeze them.  I'll admit that I've never done this, but I know others do it various ways.  You do have to crack them into something else first, but they say it works.  Google it.
  4. Give them away.  Your friends and neighbors will love you forever!
  5. Feed them back to your chickens.  Eggs are an excellent source of protein for your flock, just boil them up, crush them shell and all and take them too the birds.  They will love you forever too.
  6. Hatch them.  OK, I don't currently hatch my own eggs, but this might be a great option for some, especially if you keep just one breed, or if you keep your chickens separated by breed.
  7. Let them sit around and go bad.  BAD option.  Don't do this one!  Use those eggs!

Admittedly, some of those options are better than others.  Let's talk more about my favorite option, eating them!  Sometimes we have to be creative and use our eggs in meal after meal without feeling like we are in an eggs eating rut.  Here are some great food ideas that use up a lot of eggs, and an estimate of how many eggs it will use up, although I suppose it depends on how many people you are cooking for!

  1. Quiche (5-6 eggs) 
  2. Breakfast Casserole (6 eggs)
  3. Egg Drop Soup (2 eggs)
  4. Fried Rice  (3 eggs)
  5. Pioneer Woman's Pot de Creme (4 eggs)
  6. Pound Cake (3 eggs for a loaf pan, a bundt cake usually uses 6)
  7. Eggnog (4 eggs)
  8. Croque Madame (basically a ham & cheese sandwich with a fried egg on top - 1 egg per person)
  9. Soft 100% Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls (3 eggs)
  10. Crepes (3 eggs)
  11. Grits and Sausage Casserole (3 eggs)
  12. Egg Salad (8 eggs)
  13. Deviled Eggs (6 minimum for our family)
  14. Boiled eggs (ok, this one seems obvious, but what about keeping some boiled eggs on hand for a quick breakfast or a healthy snack?)
  15. Chocolate banana bread (2 eggs) Trust me, you want to make this bread!
fruit and eggs 
Eggs, Eggs, Everywhere!  
They are even trying to take over my fruit bowl!

I'm sure there are a million other recipes for using up eggs, these are just some things I'm thinking about cooking.  What about you?  What do you like to cook with eggs?

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Heather Jackson
12/18/2012 9:35:49 PM

Fresh eggs sink. Bad eggs float, but I think they have to be pretty yucky to get to the floating stage. My coop is not cleaned as regularly as the ones I read about either. I just try to keep a good layer of bedding on the ground and make sure it doesn't get smelly! It actually needs a good cleaning at present, but it has been too rainy in the past week or two for me to get to it. Now it looks like it will be after Christmas. Oh well, the chickens are happy and healthy, so I'm happy too!

12/16/2012 7:20:15 PM

Heather, I guess having too many eggs is a good thing, huh. So, not so fresh eggs will sink? We always boxed the eggs up in the big egg crate. I think it held 48 dozen. The creamery in town bought them. I never got in on that part. My part was some times gathering the eggs but mostly cleaning the coop when it needed cleaning. Our coop was never quite cleaned as often as those talked about here on GRIT blogs. Have a great egg day.

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