Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Frozen Eggs...

Here's what happens if you don't gather the eggs quite in time when it's bitter cold...

This morning I didn't get to the chicken house early, to turn on the light like I usually do.  Instead, I went right to the barn and helped with the feeding while Jim milked.  After milking...and after feeding the hutch calves...I headed to the chicken pen with their warm water.  Apparently one girl couldn't wait until daylight to lay her egg, and it was frozen solid...cracked...


With this bitter cold weather we've been having, I have to gather the eggs pretty often to avoid freezing.

I decided to do an experiment, and see what happened when it thawed out. So...I took off the shell, and found this...


Pretty goofy looking, if you ask me.  I left it sit at room temperature for about an hour, and now it looks like this...


Pretty normal looking, if you ask me!

We sell most of our eggs, and one like this definitely wouldn't go into one of those boxes.  I use the ones that have thin shells... the smallest ones...and ones with small cracks in them.  I'll be baking cookies this afternoon, and I think this one will do just fine!

17 comments:

  1. You have had no problems eating slightly cracked eggs in fully cooked dishes before? I've always thrown them away but hate to do it! Maybe I'll start incorporating them into foods where the eggs will definitely be cooked. We've thrown away a lot of cracked eggs in the last month unfortunately.

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  2. Amanda...I always wash the eggs immediately after gathering them, and so yes, I've often used slightly cracked eggs in things that are fully cooked...for ourselves. If I'm making them for someone else, I don't use those. The only ones I throw away are the ones that are either badly cracked...or the ones that were cracked even a little, but really dirty.

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  3. poor egg! :) at least you can put it to good use.

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  4. Wow, that cold. I don't think that bacterias will grow in that temperature. Great to see your frozen eggs is normal after thawing and put to good use.
    We need to replace some pipes in the back. We had one bust during the night or very early morning several days ago. It was out back and not in my section thank goodness.

    Stay warm and safe.
    Hugs
    JB

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  5. Not something I'm ever likely to see here! :)

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  6. That's not cold. That's DANG cold!

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  7. Glad you were still able to use it.

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  8. now that is cool. Never saw anything like that before! (but oh! I hope the weather warms up soon!!)

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  9. Nice to see the egg experiment. I have not seen egg like this before after removing the shell.It looks very beautiful...

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  10. I wondered what would happen after they thawed. Now that you cleared that up for me, I will quit throwing them away. It must be so very cold there to freeze one like that.

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  11. I have found a couple frozen ones in the past when one of the chickens lays her egg way over in the corner of the coop instead of in the boxes.

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  12. Wow, so cold! Hope you warm up soon!

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  13. I'm jealous. I haven't seen an egg in weeks. :-( I'm certainly going to have to get some young new hens this year.

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  14. Yikes frozen eggs:) Keep warm and now you have to get up even earlier:) I hope not busy busy enough I know this:) Hug b

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  15. I never thought about thawing frozen eggs. We used to sell eggs as a kid. I liked your post. Hope it warms up there. It is cold here also.

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  16. Good luck to you on your farm.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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  17. Interesting accidental experiment! Good to know that egg won't go to waste. Cookies sound delightful ;)

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