But, I have to tell you, I jumped up from that computer chair with the speed of a bionic woman and dashed into my kitchen where the remnant remains of a boiled egg littered the stovetop, the floor and other areas yet to be discovered. What a mess!
This wasn’t the first time I have become involved on the computer and forgotten that food was cooking on the stove. Perhaps the best place for the computer would be the kitchen! However, the number of papers I have spread around my “office” would soon overwhelm kitchen space.
Since eggs were on my mind, and everywhere else, I checked out some facts about them. They really are the perfect food. Eggs from chickens do not have any sugar or carbohydrates. Each contains up to 6 grams of high quality protein and nine essential amino acids.
The yolks of eggs contain 250 milligrams of choline which helps promote normal cell activity. Scientists say it is “key to the development of an infant’s memory function.” Choline is also necessary for the liver to work properly.
If you want to see the long list of vitamins and minerals that are in chicken eggs, look under the styrofoam top flap of the egg carton. It is a long, impressive list.
There are interesting facts about eggs not even related to the consumption of them. Egg shells have up to 17,000 pores on the shell surface. I do know that earthworms do not find the shells appetizing.
Egg shells are added to the compost I use in the gardens. When planting tomatoes in the spring, the egg shells I buried in the fall are turned up by the shovel still intact. All the rest of the compost has been processed into rich soil by earthworms. Now I crush the egg shells. Or, explode them.
If your eggs float when you put them in water to boil them, it just means they are older—not necessarily bad. There has been more time for air to enter through those 17,000 pores. If you find it difficult to take the shell off a boiled egg without taking away parts of the white, it is probably because a hen recently laid the egg.
It was necessary to write eggsactly about chicken eggs or this would have become a treatise. Enjoy this perfect food but do not wander too far from your kitchen when boiling them. One never knows the power of an exploding egg!
©Ann Rains March, 2018
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