Friday Flotsam

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Toddlers on a sofa

Why are hard boiled eggs so stupid?

Let me rephrase that: why is peeling hard boiled eggs so stupid?

Hold on, one more go at this: why is it so hard and stupid for me to peel stupid hard boiled eggs with my stupid fingers and hands?

I have an intense love/hate relationship with hard boiled eggs. It’s like, you have to have this one teensy moment right at the beginning of pure peeling magic, or else, you’re peeling until your HANDS ROT. And it’s not even really peeling, it’s chipping away at the stupid shell. Chip chip chip, curse curse curse, chip chip chip, egg flesh gets destroyed, overturn your kitchen, give up on life.

Ohhhh I get super sweaty when it’s peeling time. If I have to boil and peel multiple eggs for a client or a party IT IS OVER. I am done.

What’s the trick to peeling hard boiled eggssssaaaaaa?

I run cool water.

I start at the top where that little gap is. (<–grody)

I take my time. (sort of)

I chant prayers of solitude and serenity. (not at all)

Yet I obliterate EVERY SINGLE EGG EVERY SINGLE TIME. What am I doing wrong? Why can’t I get this right? When should I stop talking about hard boiled eggs?

Toddlers on a swing

Okay, one more thing about the hard boiled eggs.

Have you ever noticed how hard it is to EAT the hard boiled eggs once the hard boiled eggs are (mutilated) peeled? They (the hard boiled eggs) taste like the glory days, but getting them (the hard boiled eggs) down your throat is like trying to eat a bowling ball made of chalk. It’s so hard!

I look certifiably insane when I eat the hard boiled eggs. I have to have a garden hose nearby to aid in the clamped chalk shovage.

And what makes zero sense is that I absolutely love hard boiled eggs. Actually, SOFT boiled eggs. When the yolk is a hair gooey (<–sick), with a little pinch of salt and a few flakes of fresh parmesan. Good gracious.

We can’t even discuss deviled babies or else I might punch something. I could eat 17 and half zillion of them.

But have Shamu’s water tank nearby for your poor mouth and head and throat.

I’m done talking about hard boiled eggs.

…hard boiled eggs.

Chamomille flowers

Instagram stories vs. Snapchat. ARE YOU KIDDING.

While I’m super cranky about this new development, I’m actually kind of liking how streamlined it is. One app, one place to do everything. But I looooove Snapchat. And I’m annoyed that we have to go to TWO PLACES now to post videos. I’m being a massive cry baby about this.

So my question is, where do yo- hold on:

POLL! (I feel better)

Where would you rather see videos like Wine Talk and other day-t0-day toddler malarkey? Are you diggin’ watching them over on Instagram, or are you feeling loyal to your beloved Snapchat? As if any of this even remotely matters, but still! I want to know what kind of feels you have right now about all this.

You’re like, how about NONE.

Sweet Will's face on the sofa

Yesterday I had an epiphany. (no, it didn’t hurt thankyouverymuch)

I bit into an apple and I realized it tastes like bad breath. Not the actual flavor on that front set of taste buds at the tip of your tongue, but the background essence in the center of your mouth, right under the curve of the roof of your mouth that comes from the apple skin. That! An old man’s bad breath.

And I know it’s not my breath, because a) I’m not an old man, and b) I tested my theory on other foods lying around, and when I came back to the apple skin – boom. Halitosis USA. More like, haliNOsis, am I right.

You guys. It was foul.

What I think I’ll do is test out a few different apples side by side, to see if it’s a particular breed (species?) that gives off that rank taste. Then I’ll know what to avoid in my future of apple skin eating.

I’m so glad we got this settled.

Kids at the park

Weekend plans? Besides coming out to see us at Mid Coast Modern tonight? YOU HAVE TO COME SEE US. Aaron has a bunch of new woody goodies (<–why?), and I’ll have wine and light snacks. And no kids. And it’s First Friday and spectacular weatheeeerrrrr. Come peep it, if you’re cool like that.

ONE FINAL WORD: I’m getting a new phone tomorrow. I busted it seriously the moment we walked into our Cabo house (because I’m super graceful at crossing thresholds), and the screen is totally shattered. This is why I’ve barely snapped or anything this week. Total crisis, I know.

ONE MORE FINAL IMPORTANT WORD: hard boiled eggs.

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39 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Jules August 5, 2016 at 7:48 am #
    Apples always leave me feeling like I have bad breath, and tea. Hot tea plain, hot tea sweet, sweet iced tea, plain iced tea. It doesn't matter. Bad breath. Why!!!
  2. Brittany | Words Like Honeycomb August 5, 2016 at 7:49 am #
    oh my GOSH! YES there iiiiiiisssss a trick!!! My life has been amazing ever since I found it on iowagirleats.com! 1) put eggs in pot and cover about an inch over top of the eggs with cold water 2) bring to a boil (WITHOUT THE LID) <CRUCIAL. 3) once boiling, remove from heat, COVER, set timer for 12 mins. 4) drain and transfer to an iced bowl of water for 10 minutes and BOOM. 5) roll the egg on a hard surface and watch it crack and you will be able to peel them off like a breeze!!! Its total magic...it does require a bit of attention...well just making sure you grab it when it starts boiling, so really not that much but it took a few times for me because I get distracted so easy -_- YAY youre welcome :D #lifechanginghacks
    • Lori August 5, 2016 at 10:06 pm #
      Me too! except I let them sit in the pot for 20 mins. and then iced water. Still, every once in a while I get that awful egg-peeling experience Bev described [so eloquently] And 12-15 mins. would likely work out fine!
  3. Claudia August 5, 2016 at 7:50 am #
    Bev this is my hard boiled egg recipe that I made up by accident and it changed my life... 1. Put them in a pot and cover with water, no lid. 2. Turn on the heat. 3. When the water is at a rolling boil, turn off the heat and cover them with a lid. 4. Wait 15 minutes. 5. Take them from the pot and submerge them in COLD water. (Cool won't do, so if the water gets immediately cool from the hot lil eggies run it out and redo. I only have to do that once or twice til the water stays pretty cold.) 6. If you need them right away, wait a few minutes (5?) and peel, but if you don't, store the whole cold water egg container in the fridge until you need them. 7. I've found that the COLD water, even for just a few minutes, causes some sort of contraction of the egg away from the shell and as a result that shell-ey membrane literally slides off in huge chunks.
  4. Brittany | Words Like Honeycomb August 5, 2016 at 7:55 am #
    oh. and snapchat. im loyal to my first loves.
  5. Jessica @ Golden Brown and Delicious August 5, 2016 at 8:24 am #
    Pleaseee don't leave Snapchat. While I'm all for Instagram (and love following you there), I'm seriously annoyed at their total and complete ripoff of Snapchat. The people I chose to follow on Snapchat are people I followed there for a reason, and I don't follow the same people across both platforms. Keep the still images on Insta and leave Snapchat for the weird day-to-day stuff.
  6. Emily August 5, 2016 at 8:42 am #
    Snapchat for life
  7. Anonymous August 5, 2016 at 9:20 am #
    Snaps for days!
  8. angie August 5, 2016 at 9:48 am #
    I feel your pain. I had to make deviled eggs recently and found this nifty and FAST way to peel hard boiled eggs: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/10/peel-hard-boiled-egg-glass-of-water-video_n_6658116.html
  9. Beverly August 5, 2016 at 10:11 am #
    From one Bev to another, I have two words for ya: Instant Pot. Perfect "boiled" eggs every. single. time. Plus it, of course, does soooo much more. One-pot meals without heating up the kitchen! :)
    • Liz August 5, 2016 at 3:56 pm #
      I LOVE that there are a boatload of guaranteed ways to make easy peel hard boiled eggs :) But, I'm with Beverly - Instant Pot ALL THE WAY for easy peel eggs (they are actually steamed and you CAN do that in a pan as well) and for no heat in the kitchen for anything you want/can make in the IP.
    • Rachel August 7, 2016 at 8:23 pm #
      Yaassss, Instant Pot for the win!!! The easiest to peel hard boiled eggs I've ever made in my entire life. And if you get an Instant Pot you can figure out some other recipe goodness for me to make in my Instant Pot :)
  10. Erin August 5, 2016 at 10:16 am #
    I learned the BEST peeling trick from that show Worst Cook in America. Tyler Florence said you get the one piece of shell off, then put a spoon between the egg and that filmy thing (albumen??). Like the curve of the spoon matching the curve of the egg. Then run the spoon around the egg and it comes off perfectly without marking the egg or leaving shell pieces. I swear. It works! Did a whole dozen like that and almost all were perfect.
    • hayley hicks August 5, 2016 at 2:03 pm #
      The albumen is the white. The part you're talking about is one of the membranes that keeps bacteria out and keeps the eggs from drying out since the shells are porous. Using older eggs also helps as the acidity of the white (which helps it adhere to the membrances) has decreased making the white part stick to the membranes and shell :)
  11. Monica A Porter August 5, 2016 at 10:17 am #
    VERY simple hard boiled eggs that peel super easily: Place your eggs in HOT WATER, then boil. After they cook, pour all the water out, then drown the eggs in ICE water till they are cool to the touch. PEEL EASILY and with a big smile! It works, I promise. ??☺ Good luck, and love your blogs!
    • Monica A Porter August 5, 2016 at 10:19 am #
      Oh, and no lid during the entire process... And Instagram, hands down.
  12. Jennifer @ The Foodie Patootie August 5, 2016 at 10:19 am #
    Snapchat for ever and ever and ever.
  13. Monica August 5, 2016 at 10:28 am #
    Do you know that apparently, if you can't brush your teeth after eating (who has time every time?! (also I am gross)) you can eat a green apple and it will kind of clean your teeth and freshen your breath. Love your blog by the way!! M
  14. Hilah Johnson August 5, 2016 at 11:12 am #
    MUST use a boiling water start for easy-peel eggs. It seems like it would crack them, but it doesn't. I did a whole video on this and it's the only way I boil eggs anymore and I sweartagawd I've only had a couple ever crack in the water and I've not had one that wasn't a dream to peel.
  15. Mollie August 5, 2016 at 11:16 am #
    You HAVE to steam your eggs. I use a rice cooker....Peels in one whole piece....the most satisfying thing in the entire world. Seriously!
  16. Megan August 5, 2016 at 11:19 am #
    Add a tablespoon of white vinegar for every four cups of water. Add cold eggs to boiling water and boil for 14 minutes. Ice water bath. Shells come right off. And it doesn't make the eggs taste like vinegar.
  17. Julie August 5, 2016 at 12:24 pm #
    Instagram.....one platform is SO convenient!!!! i will miss snap.
  18. Kerry August 5, 2016 at 1:47 pm #
    27 second video--looks pretty darn easy peasy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkWISKfgqZ0
  19. Kerry August 5, 2016 at 1:47 pm #
    Oh--and INSTAGRAM!
  20. Lindsay August 5, 2016 at 2:05 pm #
    Bev...where did you get that sun hat you always wear on snapchat? I have been searching far and wide for a sun hat that is not awful.
    • Bev Weidner August 5, 2016 at 2:42 pm #
      Hey! So, I have two that I rotate. One is a woven hemp bucket that I found on Etsy. This: https://www.etsy.com/listing/244516677/hand-crochet-hemp-bucket-hat?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=hemp%20bucket%20hat&ref=sr_gallery_1 And the other is an embarrassing mall store purchase from last summer! I don't even remember the name of the store. It was terrible though. I hope this helped!
  21. Cassie August 5, 2016 at 4:11 pm #
    The older the egg the easier it will be to peel. I like to buy several cartons at once and let one of them sit for a week (or two). Then I hard boil them, run them under cold water, gently tap the egg on all sides to completely crack the shell, and then, under running water, that peel comes off easy peasy. Older eggs! It's the key. :)
    • Liz August 6, 2016 at 1:07 pm #
      This! Use several-day-old eggs and then you can peel them any old how. #lazypersonsolutions
  22. Laura Lee August 5, 2016 at 4:45 pm #
    I am loyal to the Snapchats! I only go to instagram for regular pictures. I read older egss (??) are easier to peel. I hate when 1 bursts whilst boiling.
  23. Wendy August 6, 2016 at 1:54 am #
    Noticed a couple others said this too...STEAM baby, steam!!! Shell comes off in one piece. I use that little accordion steamer basket thingy. Inch of water in the bottom of the pot, eggs in the steamer basket, lid on. Turn to high, set a timer for 30 mins. When it boils, turn to low/med low so it just simmers. Timer dings, run cold water into pot, as soon as you can handle them peel away. Super easy egg perfection.
  24. Erin August 6, 2016 at 7:23 am #
    I've tried all the egg peeling tricks ever. I understand your pain. The solution is steaming the eggs either in an Instant Pot or just a steamer basket on the stove. Pure magic! And I vote for Instagram.
  25. Cheryl August 6, 2016 at 10:45 pm #
    INSTAPOT- seriously a game changer with eggs- and yogurt, and bone broth and more! I make a dozen eggs at a time in the INSTAPOT and peel them in a minute or less
  26. Dana August 8, 2016 at 7:48 pm #
    So many comments, so maybe someone said this....but if you follow all the tips above and your eggers still don't peel easily, it means they're too fresh. So keep eggs around for a week before hard or soft boiling. Should do the trick!
  27. Lindsay August 8, 2016 at 10:49 pm #
    Instagram all the way! Although I never joined snapchat... I have boy/girl twins that are blondie's just a month older than yours... love all your pics and thoughts! If you are in any twin toddler support groups let me know?
  28. Beverly August 8, 2016 at 11:41 pm #
    Bev, where do you get your adorable kids clothes? Thanks,
  29. Andrea August 10, 2016 at 2:10 pm #
    Snaps 4 eva
  30. Lisa August 12, 2016 at 2:57 am #
    Instagram .... ❤️
  31. Katherine August 15, 2016 at 11:58 am #
    I've spent countless dozens of eggs finding the best technique for easy to peel hard-boiled eggs. I've tried everything: older eggs, teaspoon of vinegar or baking soda, placing eggs in hot water bath for 10 minutes and then submerging into ice bath, etc. The secret is, as others have noted above, steaming the eggs. But as I discovered from a ooks Illustrated article about a year ago: this method works best if you place cold eggs (right from the refrigerator) into the steaming basket with already boiling water (or, failing a steaming basket, you can submerge the cold eggs into boiling water and simmer gently). The science behind it is that the sudden temperature change shrinks the film between the egg and the shell - yielding perfectly peel-able eggs. Further benefit is that you do not need to peel the eggs right away. You can keep them intact in shells in the refrigerator and peel as needed on demand.
  32. Tristan August 22, 2016 at 9:07 pm #
    I can't see on my phone if anyone answered this, but the fresher the eggs the harder to peel. So if it's driving you coo coo try week old eggs and it should peel off like butter!

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