Date: 12 September 2018. Perfect Eggs - Eggy Timer (no reefer
Today I'm going to suggest you
spend $3 of your perfectly good money. The item to purchase is an
Eggy egg timer. I want things easy. The Eggy shows me exactly
how cooked my eggs are at any point during the boil. Since I bought
this item at Walmart, every time my eggs come out of the pan they
are precisely perfect. It is a wonder.
A $3 solution suits my budget too.
As you may have surmised I do like
eggs. They are versatile and can be prepared in a variety of ways.
Eggs keep well without refrigeration provided precautions are taken.
Best of all, they are inexpensive.
Of course it is
best to keep eggs in a refrigerator. Not all boaters have that
luxury however. Until I couple years ago I too lived without a reefer.
Lane: When I was a child aboard
our 40'er, we did not have a reefer. I never drank milk and a
lot of what many consider "normal" was not a part of
Our boat, circa 2001:
Ice-boxes were prevalent aboard boats however they were drippy
and leaky. Plus you had to find a place that would sell you
ice. We did not use ours and eventually removed it.
The advent of 12-volt
systems for refrigeration revolutionized the boating world.
Though wildly expensive, they were a decided improvement for
many. Of course you had to be able to power them. That
brought on another set of complications.
I am eternally grateful to Bucky for the two solar panels
that made such a difference in my happiness quotient. Having a
way to keep items refrigerated is wonderful. Best of all are
the ice cubes in my glass. The life of decadence took a
decided jump with the additional solar panels. Thank you
For years I didn't have a working refrigerator aboard Seaweed. When
it was particularly hot even the thought of going to shore to get
ice was beyond my stamina level. Having enough solar panels to power
a reefer is a True Blessing.
Regarding refrigeration of eggs: I am not an expert,
microbiologist, bacteriologist nor scientist. I can only
tell you what I did. You need to assess the risks for
not responsible for your decision. You are in charge of your
choices and what you eat. Without equivocation, reefer
stored eggs are safer than those kept at room temperature.
I share with you what I have done in the past:
Before having the power to run my refrigerator I would buy a
dozen eggs from the grocery store. I did not buy special eggs,
simply choosing whatever was the best price at the store. When
I got back home I would set them on the counter until they
came up to boat temperature. Then I stowed them in my locker
under the sink.
was away from the hull which gets warmer in the sunlight.
Every day or two I would flip the carton upside down. That's
I did not grease or oil
the eggshells nor do any of the other things that some folks
will say extend the life of an egg. My method, such as it is
kept the eggs fresh for a month or so. Of course if temps were
in the 90's I would only count on the eggs lasting a couple of
weeks. Perhaps that is because I ate more then because they
are so easy to fix
EATING AN EGG: When I am dealing with an
old egg I'm planning on scrambling or frying, I always open it
into a small dish. That way if the egg has gone bad I don't
ruin the rest of the ingredients in my recipe.
Men won't have to
wonder if an egg is bad. You'll see milky strands in the
clear part and the yolk will be discolored. Either or both
of those symptoms, or a stench that won't quit is all you
need to know. Toss it. The egg has gone bad.
This is exactly what you want to
buy for making boiled eggs. ↓
The gizmo is an
egg timer by joie.
Now do not think I am the genius who discovered this item. Nope. While
shopping in Walmart I ended up chatting with a nice lady who was
also at the store. She said this item had revolutionized her egg
cooking. For $3 I took a chance and bought one.
I am a gizmo-holic.
When it comes to galley gear I always think that with one more item,
tool or spice I will become a particularly wonderful cook. It does
not work out quite that way however I continue to be optimistic.
As the eggs boil the Eggy changes color. When the
whole background is yellow the eggs are hard boiled.
Above, that color scheme indicates about half done. The yolks are not solid yellow,
yet. The egg is at the soft-boiled stage.
The Eggy is placed in the bottom
of the pan with the eggs. Then add water and cook as normal. When I want to know
if the eggs are done I simply look at the Eggy. If it is solid pale
yellow, I remove the pan from the heat. My eggs are done.
Remove eggs from the pot to cool.
Do not dump out the water used to cook the eggs.
Aboard Seaweed I let them cool in the original egg
Folks in houses or with bunches of
water are advised to cool freshly boiled eggs in a bowl filled with
ice water. I do not waste water that way. As a matter of fact, the
water I cook the eggs in will be used again. Some will go to my
plants. A bit might be used for steaming veggies and the rest will be part of my dish-washing water.
Aboard a boat resources are
precious. By not being wasteful I have more water for the important
things like ice cubes and longer showers. With care this life can be
As you can see
↓ the eggs are yellow in the
center. They are perfect for making Egg Salad or Deviled Eggs.
On these hot summer days a small
plate of Grandma's Egg Salad with some chicken is cool and
All this cooking is easier because I do not have to wonder when my
eggs have boiled long enough. Eggy has made a difference in my life.
It is a simple item that works as it is supposed to.
The instructions are complicated. The manufacturer wanted me to boil
it a couple times prior to use with the eggs. I didn't do that
because I did not read the how-to until after I'd used the item. The
only thing I have been careful about is to let the
cool off slowly.
The Eggy upon examination is
approximately 3/4" thick. It appears to be some sort of plexiglass.
Layered in the middle is I believe a heat sensitive paint. As the
water heats the paint changes color to match the color of the egg
yolk. There are no batteries. It's simply a piece of plastic with a
center that fades from bright orange to pale yellow as the egg
How to Use Eggy:
Place it in the bottom of the pan with your
eggs. Cover all with water. Put a lid on the pan. Turn the burner on
high. Wait. Periodically check the color of the Eggy. When it is
pale yellow your eggs are hard-boiled.
Though there are links in
this article to Amazon, please note this gizmo can be bought at
half the price from Walmart. I do very much appreciate it when
you buy though my
links found in the upper left corner of every
page, however in this case you can save money by going directly
to Walmart. J.
Folks who want to directly
help out are welcome to use this→
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As for me, I am going to enjoy my plate of chicken and egg salad.
It's the perfect day for a light refreshing meal.
To those of you in Hurricane Florence's path, please
be careful. I am worried about y'all.
My favorite link for storms remains
Mike's Weather Page. Also don't forget Cap'n Tom's great advice
to check for webcams in the impact area when the meteorologists are
showing the storm at it's worst. Live webcams can show you actual
on-the-ground storm without the media hype, at least until the power
Good luck to one and all. Thanks
Have you an Eggy timer or do you use a different method
for perfect hard-boiled eggs?
Are you in the path of Hurricane Florence?
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