Eggs ~1855

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Historical footnote on Orpheus, Pythagoras and their eggs, which you may or may not have known already:

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And then we find this footnote about Egyptians slinging their eggs around.  Is this true?!?

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Any other interesting tidbits on eggs out there?


Source: Soyer’s Shilling Cookery for the People, 1855.

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  1. Wow! That Shepard entry is wild! I don’t think they were heated, though. If I had to guess I would think that the movement denatured the protein in the egg to the point where it congealed, similar to churning butter from cream. Just a guess, though. I use Egg Beaters so can’t run an experiment. I know someone named P though who might be up for it!!!

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  2. Any other interesting tidbits on eggs out there?

    I had some in a salad today
    ….cue Reading Rainbow music book review

    Here’s some:
    1. if eggs are fresh they sink in water. If past their expiration, they float
    2. great meat resource

    Perhaps we could have an article on milk?
    Have used it (milk) in stead of glue on paper to make it stick on glass in order to use as a label. ( no smell either )

    Now knowing that tidbit, we can all sleep better over the weekend. :o)

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    1. Neat about using milk as glue! I’ve never heard of that.

      I found the one about testing for freshness in water in an 1876 publication:

      That means the strategy itself was around long before… Crazy.

      Milk is actually hard to find. It’s used in baking recipes and puddings, but not much innovation in itself – I would conjecture this is because there was no modern refrigeration, but I will keep an eye out.

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  3. Thanks for sharing the link with me!
    The water method for the eggs I wrote about came from a book called: A Well-Kept Home.

    Here’s another:
    Sticking whole cloves inside fresh cut lemons. (it keeps the flies away) YES, it works too! :o)
    Amazing how some of these old methods still work. Beautiful book.

    Thanks for keeping an eye-ball out!


    There is another online book-ish I found years back. If I know you, this is right up your ally.

    The index is usually where I start. (I bet that might be you as well) :o)

    ps. Do you have some good vignette salad dressing?
    I took to your search and it said in a matter-of-fact spurred, but marked tone, “NOPE”

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    1. Cloves and lemons is absolutely a new one to me. I would try this when we’re camping!

      Will find some salad dressings – Most of the recipes for greens call for boiling the heck out of them. Not much fresh stuff…

      Just opened the link to A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband – can’t wait to peruse. THANK YOU!! 🙂

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