It’s Egg Day, a day for celebrating the noble egg. Although humans contain eggs, this list of egg tips, tricks, and tales is based on chicken eggs – a much more prevalent and versatile egg. This list contains egg facts found nowhere else on the internet, so don’t stop reading. Please share to save an egg from being basic. Happy Egg Day, and happy reading!
- See if it’s still good:
Put your eggs in a glass of water to see if it’s OK to eat. If it floats, it chokes – throw that egg out!
- Give an egg to your sweetheart:
Surprise your honey this Valentine’s Day with a heart-shaped egg. Hard-boil an egg then press a chopstick into it for ten minutes to create an indent.
- Keep the shells:
Ground eggshells can be added to coffee grounds to make your morning brew less bitter. Here is a tutorial.
- Make a cake:
No, not like that! Cut a small hole in an egg and empty it, then refill with cake batter and put in the oven – voila, an egg-shaped cake.
- Freeze them:
There’s a time limit on egg viability, but just like your spinster Aunt Joan you, too, can extend the life span of your eggs exponentially by freezing them. Don’t freeze them in the shell – crack them into ice cube trays.
- Find an alternative:
If you’re allergic to eggs, it can be hard to find a good replacement. Blood can replace eggs in almost anything, as they have a very similar protein composition and coagulate the same way. Use 65g of blood for one egg, and 43g for one egg white.
- Brûlée them:
Want to jazz up your devilled egg? Sprinkle a little sugar on and blowtorch it. Gourmet!
- Breakfast burritos:
Egg, bread, and beans – it’s breakfast, Jim, but not as we know it. Try this early-morning take on Mexican cuisine by adding scrambled eggs to a burrito.
- Make a brioche:
This egg-heavy dough is rich and delicious, and the bread can be toasted and – yes – served with an egg! How delightful.
- Pickle them:
Sometimes you just don’t know when you’re going to have time for that egg. Save it for later by pickling it. A pickled egg can last up to four months in the back of the fridge.
- Have an egg and spoon race:
Don’t forget this fun activity at birthday parties, corporate events, and social gatherings.
- Feed the egg shells to the chickens:
To boost the flock’s calcium intake.
- Sharpen blades:
Keep the egg shells to mix in with water in a blender to sharpen the blades.
- Break them:
Most eggs can survive a drop without breaking from up to 15cm onto a hard surface and about 60cm onto a soft surface.
- Easy-peel trick:
Boil the eggs with baking soda then crack both ends and blow from the wider side of the egg.
- Decorative eggs:
Put a tiny hole in both ends of the egg and blow out the egg and yolk. Leave to dry and decorate for Easter or Christmas.
Simmer eggs in tea to make tea-flavoured eggs. Soft boil them first before simmering it for 30-40mins in your preferred tea.
- Make frothy cocktails:
Just add egg white to the cocktail shaker along with the rest of the ingredients and shake for a minute before adding ice.
- Bounce them:
Completely submerge an egg in white vinegar for three days, then watch it bounce just like a bouncy ball! Don’t be too ambitious, though, unless you’re prepared to do a cleanup.
- Scrambled egg without breaking it:
Spin the egg inside a legging or sock. Do this 10-20 times. Use the torch app on your phone to shine light through the egg. If it comes up red inside it is scrambled, if it is yellow it is not.
21. Shakshouka them:
Make a sauce of tomatoes, chilli peppers, and onions and add a bit cumin, paprika and cayenne pepper. Heat it up in a casserole dish before cracking a few eggs on top, poaching them in the mix
22. Whip up a face mask:
Whisk egg whites with a little bit of water to create a skin-firming face mask.
- Clean leather:
Due to its sticky nature, egg whites can make great cleaning products, in particular for leather. Rub onto shoes, bags or even sofas and rub off with a cloth. They can create a protective covering for leather.
- Condition your hair:
Mix an egg yolk with water or olive oil for a rich conditioner. Leave for about 10 minutes and rinse with warm (not hot) water to avoid cooking the egg and literally having egg on your head.
25. Use them as a glue:
The proteins in eggs white act in a similar way to glue, so next time your glue stick dries up just head to the fridge.
- Water your plants:
Use the water from boiling eggs to poor onto plants to give them some nutrients.
- Keep whites whiter:
Put eggshells into a small fabric bag and add to your washing machine to whiten your whites.
- Repel deer:
The bane of any New Zealand gardener’s existence! Deers hate egg with a passion, so mix some eggs with water and spray your plants to keep Bambi away.
29. Call them ‘roundabouts’:
Saying the word ‘egg’ at sea was once considered unlucky among sailors, instead, they call them ‘roundabouts’.
- Crush the shells:
You must crush the shell after eating a hard-boiled egg to prevent sailors from drowning at seas. Although if you leave the egg halves outside it provides the fairies with shelter from predators.
- Use it as an insult:
Call someone you don’t like an ‘egg’. Let them know how you really feel.
- Keep one as a pet:
It can get lonely in the city. Why not adopt a sweet egg, who needs no feeding nor warming?
- Use them as a Band-Aid:
Next time you cut yourself in the kitchen, simply whip up a hard-boiled egg. The thin membrane between the shell and the yolk acts as a band-aid and also has scar-healing nutrients. Plus you also get a yum snack to cheer you up!
- Dream of eggs:
If you dream about eggs it is a symbol of a fresh start in your life. The bigger the egg, the bigger the gain (and we aren’t talking muscle gain). But if you watch eggs being cracked, it represents a fragile state in life and your dreams being broken.
- Use an egg to get a man:
According to old English superstition, if you are a girl who wants to find true love, place an egg in front of your fire on a stormy night. As the rain picks up and the wind begins to howl, the man you will marry will come through the door and pick up the egg. If not your true love – a hungry homeless man will.
- Cure alcoholism:
Owl eggs apparently are said to be a sure cure for alcoholism, when scrambled up and fed to someone with a drinking problem.
- Devil them:
Slice boiled eggs in half lengthwise, removing yolks and placing them in a bowl. Mash the yolks into a fine crumble using a fork and combine with mayonnaise, vinegar and mustard. Evenly disperse heaping teaspoons of the yolk mixture into the egg whites.
38: Use them as revenge:
Put an egg in the exhaust pipe of someone who has annoyed you. It’ll be crack-up.
39: Pretend to be one:
Ball yourself up tight and sit on a trampoline. Get your mates to jump around you and try to get you to ‘break’ yourself apart. Repeat.
- Egg a house:
A controversial Halloween tradition that usually coincides with the throwing of toilet paper. Preteens and late bloomers have been throwing eggs at unwilling homeowners for generations. We don’t approve this message but it happens.
42: Egg your mate.
- Hunt for them:
An Easter tradition that involves finding chocolate egg-shaped morsels.
- Curl them.
Did you know you can cook eggs using a curling wand? Well you can. Dunk the wand in a bowl of egg and voilà! It cooks immediately.
45. Play catch.
The player who doesn’t end up with yolk on their hands wins.
- Read about them:
There are many egg related tales, however, The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs probably tops the list.
- Clog the sink:
If you need to block your sink because you lost the plug, throw your eggshells down the sink and clog it up the old-fashioned way.
- Collect eggs during the day:
Collecting eggs at night even from a supermarket is considered bad luck. Only buy eggs during daylight hours.
- Find a big egg:
The tenth egg in a batch is always the largest.
- Hats off to you:
Chef hats traditionally have pleats equal to the number of ways that they can cook an egg.
- Win an award:
Harriet, a hen from the UK, laid the world’s largest egg in 2010. Her egg measured 23.1cms in diameter.
- Make a prediction:
The colour of a chicken’s earlobes can indicate the colour of the eggshell it will lay.
- Make a bundle of cash:
In 1806, a con artist named Mary Bateman wrote ‘Christ is coming’ on chicken eggs before shoving them back up into the chicken. She then charged a penny to witness the eggs being laid. She was later executed for murder and strips of her skin were sold as charms to ward off evil spirits.
- Enjoy an all-day breakfast:
One of the main reasons why it took McDonald’s so long to serve breakfast all day is that the temperature of the grill to cook beef patties was significantly different from that on which eggs are cooked. I’m sure today they have two grills….
- Consider it lucky:
Although rare, chickens can lay eggs that contain another complete egg inside.
- Persecute them:
In 1474, a chicken passing for a rooster in Basel, Switzerland was sentenced to burn at the stake for committing the ‘heinous and unnatural crime of laying an egg’.
57: Start a debate:
What came first? The chicken or the egg?
- Turn your eggs:
A hen turns her egg nearly 50 times a day to keep the yolk from sticking to the side.
- Avoid counterfeit eggs:
Fake chicken eggs are a growing problem in China where eggs are made to look like the real thing but made from a mixture of resin, coagulant and starch complete with pigment for colour as well as a counterfeit shell. A person can make approximately 1500 per day.
- Devour the flesh of the mother:
Roast a chicken for dinner.
- Be less like Rocky:
You absorb roughly half the protein from an egg if you eat it raw vs cooking it. Rocky would have been better off frying his eggs rather than drinking them straight.
62. Decorate cookies:
Combine two egg yolks and two teaspoons of water with your favourite food colouring to create an edible paint.
- Understand provenance:
Watch the 2000 animated classic Chicken Run, starring Mel Gibson and Julia Sawalha. Or watch Chicken Little?
- Prove your literary prowess:
Read Chicken Little and prove you’re a true fan of anthropomorphic storytelling.
- Prove your literary prowess II:
Read the novelisation of the 2000 animated classic Chicken Run.
- Boil one:
You’ve just completed 65 exhausting and utterly meaningless egg-related tasks. Take a break and enjoy an egg in its purest form, preferably while watching the 2000 animated classic Chicken Run.
- Ode to the egg:
If you were to get your very own chicken, top names would suggest calling it Albert Eggstein, Amelia Egghart, Attila the Hen and Cluck Rogers.
- Buy a pigeon:
A far superior bird.
- Create a monster:
Place a chicken egg beneath a toad to create your very own basilisk! Cute! Quirky! Dangerous!
- Clean pots and pans:
Pour crushed eggshells into any pot or pan that has burnt food on it. Scrub away with your sponge and soap, and your pan will be free of dried food in no time.
- Eggspress yourself:
Enter our latte art competition by uploading your latte art to Instagram, using the hashtag #espressyourselfnz and tagging @restaurantandcafenz.
- Add them to your mash:
Add an egg to your mashed potato. Adding an egg gives the potatoes a creamy and silky texture without any additional dairy.
- Make egg salad:
Egg salad is a family lunch staple and it’s much healthier than potato salad.
- Make potato salad:
Potato salad is best with eggs anyway, so don’t forget to add them while you’re making a beautiful carb-heavy potato salad.
- Get rid of a bruise:
Rub the shell of a hard-boiled egg (while still warm) on the bruise to dissipate the blood that’s collected.
- Stack them:
Show off your architectural skills and carefully balance the eggs to build a house or whatever your creative mind desires.
- Make eggs great again:
Paint the eggs red and smash them over your head to own the libs.
- Do a magic trick:
Put a lit match into the bottom of a glass bottle and balance a peeled boiled egg on top. When the flame goes out, watch the egg get sucked into the bottle.
- Use the ‘Eggdicator’:
In the 1971 film, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Wonka introduces the tour to his chocolate egg room, where special geese lay gigantic chocolate eggs. However, not all of these eggs are fit for sale, so Wonka uses the Eggdicator, a machine that discriminates between ‘bad eggs’ and ‘good eggs’.
80. Branch out:
Hen’s eggs aren’t the only ones out there! Ducks, ostriches, fish, and crocodiles all lay eggs, too.
- Lay one:
With a little dedication and a lot of medical intervention you, too, could feel the joy of egg-birth. What else are you doing this weekend?
- Listen to it:
According to the website ‘Ranker’ the number one song with egg in the title, regardless of genre is Scrambled Eggs by Paul McCartney and Jimmy Fallon, closely followed by Ham ‘n’ Eggs by A Tribe Called Quest.
- Shape it:
Put a hard-boiled egg in a cute little mould and turn it into a little happy creature in your lunch box.
- Write secret messages:
In the 2013 cult classic Snowpiercer, Ed Harris sent secret messages hidden in eggs to passengers all throughout the train. The eggs were hard-boiled and he drilled a hole in the bottom of them before stuffing small notes in the gaps.
- Look what you made me do:
Buckwheat crepes with ham, Parmesan cheese, and a fried egg is Taylor Swift’s go-to breakfast.
- Get comfy:
Build a nest egg of money for the future.
- Look stupid:
Rob Lowe always likes stories where the egg ends up on his face.
- Dr Seuss them:
Add food colouring to raw egg yokes before you cook them to make your own green eggs and ham meal.
Martha Stewart believes she laid an egg that turned into a lifestyle industry.
89. Punish them:
If eggs aren’t treating you well, beat them up.
90. Time it:
With an egg timer.
- Judge it:
Judge Judy believes that the Egg McMuffin is the best breakfast.
93. Drop it like it’s hot:
Put a Rolly on your arm, pour yourself some Chandon, and drop an egg on the ground.
- Drop $9.3 on one:
With only 43 jewelled Faberge Eggs left in the world, time is running out! Get your hands on one now!
95. Count them:
Quick, before they hatch – you don’t know what’s in there and you want to get those numbers high.
- Make an hourglass:
The material used in ancient hourglasses was often made from burnt eggshell.
97: Egg demand:
The average American eats 250 eggs a year, that works out to be a total consumption of of 76.5 billion eggs in the U.S alone.
98: Risk salmonella:
Drink eggs raw for the gains.
99. Make an egg out of a numeral:
- Go go!:
Check out the Pokémon Go Egg chart for hatching 2km, 5km, 7km, 10km eggs.
In a Faberge Egg, it will pay off in the long run. One Faberge Egg was auctioned in 2007 for US$18.5 million. That’s how the Russian eggs roll.