How To Blow Eggs
In preparation for one of our favorite holiday craft activities, I start collecting blown eggs early. I find it helpful to blow the eggs as I use them in recipes, so I don't end up with Mason jars full of raw eggs.
Why blow the eggs instead of just hardboiling them? Well, when you put as much effort into these suckers as we do, you'll want to have them around year after year. And as much as we love to decorate eggs, a family can only eat so many deviled eggs.
First, some lovely pics for inspiration.
(Jenny made this one. She usually does at least one garden scene each year.)
(I did this drippy looking one several years ago. It's still one of my favorites.)
(Joey made this alien, which amuses me greatly.)
The first year that we ever tried dying blown eggs I gave myself a serious case of TMD as Jeff's ex-wife and I spent the better part of an hour blowing through egg after egg in order to make enough for the 4 kids to dye. Ah, good times. (But that was before I discovered the brilliance of a special tool.)
So here's the setup I keep at hand to make the whole process easier and ensure that I don't find myself blowing a bunch of eggs the night before we need them.
Collect these materials next to your sink. Make sure everything is well washed.
You will need...
-A bowl to collect the egg guts.
-A pin (the kind with a round head is more comfortable to use or you can use a needle and a cork, as described in Awesome Tip # 2)
-A brand new bulb-type nasal aspirator (Make sure to get the manual type. And I'd suggest getting the kind that comes apart into 2 pieces because they're easier to clean.)
Every time you need an egg for a recipe, try to remember not to just crack it, but extract the contents using this method. (Obviously this will only work if it's ok that the yolk and whites get all mixed up in whatever you need the egg for. You will *not* get a decent fried egg using this process.)
-Using the pin, poke a hole in one end of the egg.
-Carefully, holding the pin at an angle, enlarge the hole a bit.
-You'll want it to be about this size.
-On the other end of the egg, make a slightly bigger hole, about this size (which should be big enough for a toothpick).
-Use the toothpick to break up the yolk inside the egg.
-Place the aspirator over the smaller hole, making sure that the bulb is unsqueezed before you do so.
-While gently holding the bulb against the hole, squeeze the aspirator. Some of the egg will come out.
-Now here's the important bit, make sure to lift the aspirator away from the egg before you release pressure and allow the bulb to return to its normal size. (If you don't remove it from the egg, you'll find that you suck egg guts up into the aspirator. Yah, I usually do this at least once a year. It's easy to forget.) Then put it back to the eggshell and squeeze again. Repeat until the egg is empty.
-Once it's empty, you can just rinse it and put it directly into a carton or, if you'd like, fill the egg with water, shake gently and blow it out again to clean the inside as well.
-Use the egg innards, throw away the toothpick and wash everything else in hot, soapy water so it's ready for the next time.
-Admire your growing collection of blown eggs.
How bout you? Do you all ever blow eggs to save or is it all temporary art at your house?
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