There are a lot of useful tools in the kitchen... Blenders, Processors, etc... - but one that sails under the radar is the Waffle Maker! It's simple to use and easy to clean - here are a few things you can do... other than make Waffles ;)
Eggs are one of the most commonly used ingredients in the kitchen - Here are a few tips passed from person to person to save time and quality :)
Crush your eggshells and put them in the bottom of planting holes in the garden - Two really cool reasons:
1) A lot of veggies (tomatoes, peppers, etc...) need calcium to achieve full flavor potential and a lot of soil (in america especially) is lacking in calcium... this is a GREAT way to supplement
2) They deter Slugs and Snails from eating your seedlings at the root. They have soft undersides and can't slither across anything sharp.
P.S. - If you have a couple "big" shells around. You can plant the seeds IN the empty egg shell then plant the whole thing in the ground... kinda like the tip from a couple days ago with the citrus fruits :)
First let's find out if your eggs are fresh :) If you aren’t sure how fresh your eggs are, place them in about four inches of water. -Eggs that stay on the bottom are fresh. -If only one end tips up, the egg is less fresh and should be used soon. -If it floats, it’s past the fresh stage.
Hard Boiled Tips:
Hard Cooked Eggs - Rubbery. Chalky, and Green Yolks?
Here’s the fix: To keep the temperature of the egg white and yolk close, heat the eggs GRADUALLY. - Use a saucepan, cover them by an inch or two with cold water - Set the pan over high heat
- When the water reaches a full boil, remove from heat
- Cover the pan, and let the eggs stand for 10 minutes.
This cooks them gently and keeps the whites from toughening :)
You can make hard-boiled eggs is in the OVEN! Place the eggs in a muffin tray so they do not move around, turn the oven to 325 degrees, pop em' in for about 25-30 minutes.
Advantages - Easy Clean up, Easier to Peel, and (depending on the size of your oven) You can cook a lot more of them at once :) Add 1/2 tsp. baking soda to the
water when boiling eggs and the shell will come right off :)