Trying to hard boil eggs for the first time. So far not great.
it’s hard to tell from the pic, what went wrong? Undercooked? Tear while being peeled?
Want/need tips? I can provide if you want :)
Looks like one cracked.
Add a tbsp of vinegar to the water. What you want to do is place all the eggs in first, giving them enough room so that they don’t touch. Add room temp water, vinegar, and baking soda. Bring to a boil. Once they start boiling, turn the stove off, wait about 11 mins, then drain the water.
I’ve never tried the vinegar/baking soda method, though I have read about it. I just add salt (read: several tbsp) and do what you do cooking wise. I also use a lid but I don’t think it’s necessary.
I also plop them in ice water for several minutes. Helps for peeling for insta-eating and speeds cooling for storage.
Also, allegedly the eggs shouldn’t be new. Everywhere I’ve read advises to let them sit in the frig for a few days but…I don’t buy that.
Well all the salt does is raise the boiling point of the water so it allows the eggs to cook at a sightly higher heat.
The problem is that the membrane is often attached to the white and the shell, so whe you start to peel the shell, if the membrane is still attached, it will start to pull apart too. As eggs age, the membrane thickens or something by a change in chemistry apparently and so the membrane is easier to tear from the white.
Also it’s important to note that salt water obviuosly changes the osmotic pressure between egg and water. It’s hypothesized that in normal water, the egg will start t swell as the concentrations want to be “similar” to each other and the only way to do that is by the egg taking in more water, hence the crack. Adding salt, baking soda, vinegar, etc will change concentrations of the water so there is less osmosis happening and the egg is less likely to burst.
Also vinegar starts to break down the shell, but not the membrane, of the egg so it may thin the shell and make it easier to peel, but Idk. All I know is I make pretty good eggs when I do it.
I was always told that the vinegar helps the eggs keep their shape if they “explode” but I’ve never had an exploded egg, so tbh I don’t know.
The way I know about it, the vinegar helps to thicken the egg whites if the shell breaks, and the baking soda or salt help to raise the pH to mimick “older eggs” in which the membrance is stronger and peels easier or something
<3 I feel I’ve learned a whole bunch right there. I’ll have to try the vinegar/baking soda next round and compare.
Also, just wondering, do you pin prick the egg shell? I’ve always been told to pop a pin sized hole through the shell to avoid cracks and explosions. But with everything you’ve just said…it seems unnecessary if you add other things to the water?
I don’t do it. I’ve never had a problem. It makes sense, though, as an escape of pressure, but I’ve never had to!
I put eggs in a muffin tin and bake them at 325 for 27 minutes. Cooks them perfectly
Emmalyn Diana came into this world at 8:14 p.m. on June 24 only 4 hours before her due date. She was 6lbs 12oz and 19 inches.
The week before she was born I started implementing ways to “encourage” labor. I went on 2-3 mile walks everyday, took primrose pills, ate a decent amount of pineapples and a few other things. On Sunday morning Joey and I took a 5 mile walk together, I bounced on the medicine ball and had a glass of red wine. I don’t actually know if any of these things worked but it felt good to feel active and by Monday evening I felt nauseous. I hardly ate any dinner and all I could do was lie on the couch. We went to bed at 11 that night (which is really late for us) from skyping with Joey’s sister in Belgium and of course 2:10 a.m. is when I woke up from cramping pain that I knew immediately were contractions. I waited for a couple to pass just to be sure before waking up Joey and getting him excited. They were already noticeable enough that I knew I couldn’t sleep but not painful enough to need any concentration. After waking Joey up we went downstairs (we had discussed how he wanted to be awake with me before if contraction started in the middle of the night) and we watched t.v., Joey left to fill the gas tank up and we called Heike (my midwife) at 3:15. The contractions were still between 10-15 minutes apart but we wanted to hear from her and let her know what’s up. We continued on with our morning visiting and distracting ourselves until at 130 after a very slow walk and another call to Heike we went in.
When we got to the birth center just after 2pm Heike was pretty sure she’d be sending us home. She said I was still too aware and chatty to really be in active labor. She guessed I would be at about 2cm’s and She would be sending me home. She checked me, I was at 6+ cm’s and we weren’t going anywhere! I labored with my mom and Joey by walking outside for awhile. I tried the tub but it seemed to slow my contractions down. At this point I was still enjoying myself at this point even though I’d have to stop and concentrate during contractions I was laughing and talking with my mom and Joey inbetween. I loved doing the birth ball. I started on my knees with a pillow on the ball Joey holding my hands and my mom pushing my back because I had back labor the ENTIRE. The back labor was by far the worst part of the experience. While using the birth ball that is when the labor started getting more serious. The midwife students had me move to the toilet to sit on it backwards with a few pillows and that is when I felt the worst. It hurt so bad and really increased the intensity of my contractions. After 45 mins I got back in the tub Joey with me and my mom right outside of it. I don’t remember how long we were there or how I labored in it but I remember Heike checking me and saying I was pretty much all dilated, I just had a little lip left and could start pushing. I pushed for 45 minutes and end up giving birth while standing up in the tub (which totally freaked out my mom). Emmalyn had one of her hands on her head and was really tangled in her cord but she came out and started crying almost immediately. We are loving our precious blessing and we are so thankful for a relatively easy labor.
Guess which one is mine lol. Jumanji with Joey.
My loves watching the mariner game the other night
Up until the day Josie was born, Keith and I were set on having a third baby. I think watching her birth freaked him out though. Since that day, he’s been pretty firm on just keeping it at two kids.
I have a lot of cons for having a third. A third baby is more money in the long run, I don’t want…
My parents adopted my youngest brother :) best decision ever. They actually did foster-adopt so the process was easier and cheaper. You can have criteria when fostering like “short- term only and they have to be 2 years or younger” that was what my parents did. Since there were already 4 of us and my younger brother was only 4 when they started fostering they couldn’t do long-term or older kids. Obviously, for my brother we fostered him until we adopted but other than that we only hadthe babies until they were placed in long term care.
And I’m back! I just randomly without officially deciding to take a break from tumblr and focus on the fam. But I ran 2 miles on Friday (felt like my heart was going to beat out of my chest… but in a good way!) I’m hoping next week Emmalyn starts napping regularly and I’m officially healed up to exercise! I’ve taken longer because there was some lingering pain but I’m feeling much better :) birth story will come soon as it’s written out now just have to copy and paste!
On Saturday August 16 while driving home from our trip to Leavenworth Joey, Emmalyn and I were part of a roll-over accident on I-90. Around mile post 37 Joey and I were passing a car (they were in the far right lane and we were in the middle lane) that was going about 60 and us,70. When our nose was right past or equal to her rear bumper she without warning or a blinker started to fully come into our lane. Joey (knowing there was no-one on our left) swerved left to avoid her but we were heading towards the center guard rail going about 70 so Joey swerved back to the right which is when we fish-tailed. Joey might have been able to gain control but before he could the lady - who was still in our lane at that point - collided with us on the passenger side of the car (Emmalyn in the backseat of the passenger side) and we’re pretty sure hit my door. This sent both of us out of control and off the highway to the right. We went into the ditch still at a very fast speed and then rolled/flipped 1 and a half times which landed us upside-down. Emmalyn started screaming as soon as the car stopped. We were able to get out through my door within 15-30 seconds and Joey was able to get her out within a minute or so. By the time we were out of the car there were already two officers there to help, they had been driving behind the accident, and multiple cars stopped to help one of which was able to give a statement that the lady did go into our lane.
Thanks to the Lord’s protection none of us in the accident have any
major trauma. We got checked out and cleared at the ER and are going to the chiropractor this afternoon. We had been on a two mile straight stretch of I-90 and since it had rained recently our landing in the grass was a lot softer. It was only our two cars that were part of the accident. Emmalyn doesn’t even have a scratch on her. She just had some dirt on her face and
arms. She started eating pretty much right away once out of the car
and then smiling within 20 minutes. Joey and I have some scrapes, bruises and soreness but it seems to be a minimal amount considering what
The lady who hit us is 79 years old. The man at the towing yard said she didn’t know why we needed to swerve and noticed her motor skills are very slow and thought she shouldn’t be driving and I would agree, she should not be driving. She almost killed our 7 week old baby, and us as well. If you are close with someone who is elderly please take the time to ensure they are safe to drive. I would recommend to have them retake the driving test to see if they should be driving still. People make a big deal about drunk drivers (as they should) but what about elderly people who no longer have full control of their actions? There are far too many occurrences of elderly people killing people with a car and it almost happened to us.
Six week appt today. Still not a hundred percent :( have a minor infection that they said if it doesn’t clear up by next week to call them. Blech. I will post our birth story soon— been busy!
She just loves mommy kisses!