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mrs. dobbs
12-27-12, 05:38 AM
Julienned... diced... paper thin sliced... minced herbs...zested...cored... spiralled....

I'm no prep-chef, and while I love the zen of cutting vegetables, fruits and herbs, not to mention the beautiful smell of freshly cut foods, I'm also a fool for fast and easy. But a great cook in my family once said that electric food processors 'bruise' her vegetables.

I think she's right.

To make things fast and easy, use:

- mandoline
- vegetable dicer/cuber
- potato peeler
- pineapple spiraller
- three-blade herb scissors
- meat scissors

to cut em... then freeze em, pickle em, preserve em, dry em, fry em, bake em... whatever.

I wish there were a tool for peeling eggs.

BellaVita
12-27-12, 06:19 AM
This just made me hungry.

mrs. dobbs
12-27-12, 06:24 AM
aww yea! crunchy munchy yum yum

sighduck
12-27-12, 07:15 AM
eggs are easy, u just need to peel a small line through the middle and pull the 2 halves appart

mrs. dobbs
12-27-12, 07:54 AM
really? how? crack the shell in the middle? why does it turn into a huge mess when I peel boiled eggs?

Lunacie
12-27-12, 10:11 AM
A very sharp knife, a veggie peeler, and kitchen scissors. That's about all I use.

I have a food processor, only use it to chop meat for meat fillings. Not for veg.

I can't peel hard cooked eggs neatly either. Supposed to use either very
fresh eggs or month old eggs, but I can't ever remember which.

My best kitchen tip is to wash and dry celery, then wrap it in aluminum foil.
I haven't had to throw out any limp disgusting celery since learning this tip.
It's always crisp and crunchy. Need to give some to the guinea pigs now. :)

sighduck
12-27-12, 07:14 PM
just tap the shell on a hard surface a couple times along the middle line of the egg, when the shell is all cracked there pull off the pieces along that line, once u done that u can easily pull apart the 2 halves

gemini-dreamer
12-27-12, 07:16 PM
I wish there were a tool for peeling eggs.

The trick is ice cold water as soon as they are done (and don't over cook) . Shells come off like butter.

Lunacie
12-27-12, 07:57 PM
The trick is ice cold water as soon as they are done (and don't over cook) . Shells come off like butter.

I do the cold water right away - still doesn't work. Maybe I'm overcooking.
How long should they cook? Boil? Simmer?

Spacemaster
12-27-12, 11:14 PM
Hmm, I usually only have trouble when the eggs are still warm. I don't know if that has anything to do with it.

salleh
12-27-12, 11:46 PM
never fail, easy peel of hard boiled eggs is to lay a bed of salt in the pan ( I use 1/8th to 1/4 inch) ....put in the eggs, add cold water, .....and when they start to boil, time for 10 minutes.....

run under cold water immediately, and you can barely hold onto the eggs the shell slides off so fast ....and what's more you never get that ugly green line around the yolks .....they always look perfect......

and the yolk is always light a fluffy, but cooked all the way through.....


Learned that as a young cook in a small restaurant and it has worked every time since I learned it in 1969

gemini-dreamer
12-28-12, 12:00 AM
I do the cold water right away - still doesn't work. Maybe I'm overcooking.
How long should they cook? Boil? Simmer?

I boil for 5 or 6 mins, then turn off water and leave in pot covered with heat off for another 5. The immediately immerse them in ice water and keep them there till you need them.

mrs. dobbs
12-28-12, 05:13 AM
haha this became the "how to peel a boiled egg" thread.

Lunacie
12-28-12, 09:35 AM
never fail, easy peel of hard boiled eggs is to lay a bed of salt in the pan ( I use 1/8th to 1/4 inch) ....put in the eggs, add cold water, .....and when they start to boil, time for 10 minutes.....

run under cold water immediately, and you can barely hold onto the eggs the shell slides off so fast ....and what's more you never get that ugly green line around the yolks .....they always look perfect......

and the yolk is always light a fluffy, but cooked all the way through.....


Learned that as a young cook in a small restaurant and it has worked every time since I learned it in 1969

I boil for 5 or 6 mins, then turn off water and leave in pot covered with heat off for another 5. The immediately immerse them in ice water and keep them there till you need them.

Thank you both. Now I'm anxious to try this, so guess my granddaughter
and I will be having deviled eggs for lunch. :lol:

I thought the green around the yoke was due to eggs getting old, not
how long they boiled. Hm.

Lunacie
12-28-12, 09:44 AM
haha this became the "how to peel a boiled egg" thread.

Not quite - it's an answer to your comment, "I wish there was a tool
for peeling eggs." The answer seems to be: you don't really need one.

But there actually have been several egg peeling tools invented.
The reviews have been pretty horrible. They're a waste of money.

sighduck
12-28-12, 10:04 AM
this one is epic... i wanna try this :D

cant get embed to work so heres a link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=PN2gYHJNT3Y

gemini-dreamer
12-28-12, 10:25 AM
Thank you both. Now I'm anxious to try this, so guess my granddaughter
and I will be having deviled eggs for lunch. :lol:

I thought the green around the yoke was due to eggs getting old, not
how long they boiled. Hm.

Green or grey around the yolk is actually from over cooking. Eggs actually continue to cook even after removed from the heat, just like a steak or a roast. Enjoy your lunch!

mrs. dobbs
12-28-12, 12:13 PM
Green or grey around the yolk is actually from over cooking. Eggs actually continue to cook even after removed from the heat, just like a steak or a roast. Enjoy your lunch!

My mom has been overcooking eggs her entire life and she's a good cook. I learned how to time eggs for a creamy yellow yolk from my husband. My mom said they were perfect.

Now for a little overkill: Onsen Tamago (http://hungerhunger.blogspot.se/2012/01/onsen-tamago-slow-cooked-eggs.html)

Lunacie
12-28-12, 02:40 PM
:( Put eggs in pan, covered with water, added baking soda, turned on fire.

Waited for eggs to boil, set timer for 10 minutes, got bowl of cold water ready.

Timer went off. Put eggs into cold water. Waited 20 minutes.

Two peeled okay, but not slick-as-a-whistle.

Three ended up all bumpy looking, as usual.

Two of the yolks didn't look completely cooked.

Mashed 'em up, added mayo and mustard, just ate a couple of deviled eggs.

Someone remind me please, isn't there anything I can do well? :rolleyes:

salleh
12-28-12, 09:54 PM
Lunacie .....salt .....not baking soda !

Lunacie
12-28-12, 10:01 PM
Lunacie .....salt .....not baking soda !

I saw baking soda somewhere ...

ah, the video sighduck posted. The guy said it raises the PH of the water.
Not sure how that helps, but I figured I'd give it a try.

Next time I'll try salt.

mrs. dobbs
12-29-12, 03:12 AM
Someone remind me please, isn't there anything I can do well? :rolleyes:

Ur good at being cool. :cool:

Lunacie
12-29-12, 12:22 PM
Ur good at being cool. :cool:

The Sertraline for anxiety helps with that. :giggle:

Thank you. :)

mrs. dobbs
12-29-12, 12:26 PM
LOL I know that's right. Max dose Zoloft here from 1999-2003!!