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Old 9th Mar 2016, 04:59
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Mr Draper

I'm glad to hear you're on the mend.

Would you care to share with us how you knew you were in a spot of bother and ought to get ones self to orsepiddle ASAP? I'm a smoker and getting on a bit as well and would be curious to hear your story!

Best wishes

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Old 9th Mar 2016, 06:03
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Good morning all from an= damp and drizzly Salford.

I've just encountered what must surely be the most difficult hard-boiled egg I have ever had to deal with in my life! Every now and then you'll get one where the shell has to be picked off in fragments resulting in a somewhat pock-marked appearance but this thing was in a class of its own. It was almost as if the shell, membrane and white were all glued together and couldn't be separated at all. Never seen anything like it! From an alien chook perhaps?
I get a lot of those when I am in the US. Tis annoying as sometimes that much white comes away you are left with no egg once it is peeled. As if the membrane is super glued to it.
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Old 9th Mar 2016, 06:13
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Originally Posted by lasernigel View Post
Good morning all from an= damp and drizzly Salford.



I get a lot of those when I am in the US. Tis annoying as sometimes that much white comes away you are left with no egg once it is peeled. As if the membrane is super glued to it.

I am lucky in that aspect I don't like eggs in any other form than omelet or scrambled - so I don't have that problem. However I do have a similar one when I peel off an orange and only few millimeters is removed every time. And it takes ages to peel off an orange.
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Old 9th Mar 2016, 06:26
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T'int drizzling here. It's lashing it down and has been most of the night.
I've just noticed that the down pipe has come adrift from the guttering.
It can stay like that until the monsoon abates.

How to pronounce the name of that toffee flavoured aqueduct.
Near the end of this short information film.

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Old 9th Mar 2016, 06:51
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Bluey, If you're after boiled eggs for brekkie without the nuisance of shattered shell, try a coddler. I use mine all the time:




Or for ideal peeling, use eggs that are 7-10 days old, as really fresh ones are difficult to peel.

But not too old.

Actually, you know what, I was just looking for a picture of some Century Eggs but they looked so nauseating I couldn't bring myself to inflict the sight on the delicate constitutions of our esteemed crew so early in the morning......
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Old 9th Mar 2016, 06:56
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Morning peeps,stayed awake later last night and a good kip had awoke finally at 7.30 a much more civilized time.
Nothing dramatic Mr Octane, layin up one's settee watching the telly and a pain across the chest that did not feel fettlerble by a swig of Gaviscon and a couple of fizzy co-codymol though they were tried,when it came back more persistant one thunk it a wise policy to summon the bulance,they arrived in minutes treated me in the back of the vehicle for w while gave me some morphine which was a tad surprizing, one expected a mad dash through the streets with the blues and toos howling,they sorted me very swiftly,after a couple of days in Hospital one wonderered what one was doing there.
Twer but a scratch.

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Old 9th Mar 2016, 08:30
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Mr Draper

Good morning, glad you had a good kip!
Thanks very much for giving us the gen on what went on. How long was it from whoah to go before you called for backup?
And what were you watching on telly? Surely not Coronation Street?!

Cheers

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Old 9th Mar 2016, 08:47
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Morning folks.

It is comforting to think that others are also sharing the downpour currently descending upon one's roof.

One is confined to quarters with some sort of tummy bug - I suspect it may have been generously donated by grandsons who have been suffering from similar.
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Old 9th Mar 2016, 08:48
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“An egg is a chemical process, but it is not a mere chemical process. It is one that is going places—even when, in our world of chance and contingency, it ends up in an omelet and not in a chicken. Though it surely be a chemical process, we cannot understand it adequately without knowing the kind of chicken it has the power to become.”


Sir John Randall (1906-1984) British biophysicist.
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Old 9th Mar 2016, 08:50
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Good grief no, a chap of m taste was watching a recording of Wolf Hall, probably half a hour from the initial twinge to being in the ambulance, I had experienced some angina pain previously about twenty years before but that just disapeared never to reappear,so I knew it weren't just the cheese and pickle one had guffied the hour before.

I can remember when we used to get the occasional bad egg,they did honk quite a bit so there was no danger of them being et.
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Old 9th Mar 2016, 09:06
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Mr Draper

Haha! Sorry to make such a ghastly accusation! Thank you for enlightening us, we can all learn from it....
Hope you're back in tip top shape pronto.

Cheers

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Old 9th Mar 2016, 09:19
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The Dinosaurs invented the self contained amniote egg, not many people know that.
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Old 9th Mar 2016, 09:58
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... and you should be able to get under the membrane easily, getting under the membrane is the secret!
Thanks, para ... but this one could not be separated from the membrane under any conditions. I hard-boiled six eggs at the same time, all from the same carton and all treated exactly the same but where the others were easy peasy to peel, this one could not be peeled at all. Just as [email protected] said, it was as if the membrane was superglued to the white.
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Old 9th Mar 2016, 10:31
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Eggs that burst when you purrem in boiling water to soft boil drive me into screaming carpet biting incendiarry homicidal rage,I could lay waste to entire worlds in moments of such fury.
Eggs cant live wi em cant live without em.
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Old 9th Mar 2016, 12:29
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Next time try this method Bluey.....



Have you tried boiling your eggs THIS way Mr Draper Sire?
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Old 9th Mar 2016, 12:31
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Here you go Bluey, think I have learnt a lesson as well from this....

Why are peeling fresh eggs shells so difficult?

With eggs that are just a day or two old, the membrane beneath the shell sticks tightly to the shell making peeling the egg almost impossible. After a few days in the refrigerator the egg becomes easier to peel. Why is this? In fresh eggs the albumen sticks to the inner shell membrane more strongly than it sticks to itself because of the more acidic environment of the egg. The white of a freshly laid egg has a pH between 7.6 and 7.9 and an opalescent (cloudy) appearance due to the presence of carbon dioxide. After the protective coat is washed off the egg shell the egg becomes porous and begins to absorb air and loose some carbon dioxide contained in the albumen. This reduces the acidity of the egg which causes (after several days in the refrigerator) the pH to increase to around 9.2. At higher pH the inner membrane does not stick as much to the albumen so the shell peels off easier. In addition, as the egg gets older it will shrink and the air space between the egg shell and the membrane will get larger.

Research shows that the reduced acidity helps with peeling. The tradeoff, however, is that in older eggs the yolk tends to move further from being centered. This happens because the white gets thinner and is less able to hold the yolk in place. The best compromise is to use eggs that have been stored on their sides in the refrigerator for 7 to 10 days.

Tips on Peeling Boiled Eggs :

What is the best way to peel a boiled egg so the egg white does not stick to the shell? Here are several responses, although all bets are off for eggs only a couple days old.

>>> After boiling, pour off the hot water, shake pan back and forth to crack the shells. Cover eggs in cold water and let set for a couple of minutes. Leave water and eggs in pan and peel, using water to rinse away excess shells.

>>>Or, take the egg from boiling water and immediately run cold water on it. Peel the egg under cold running water starting with rounded top where the air pouch is.
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Old 9th Mar 2016, 13:15
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Morning all as it's 03.15 hrs here I am just going back to bed after being up for almost an hour. Woke up worried about paying back income tax, accountants fees and lost interest for closing a savings account early. Have sent a message to Bank but they won't get it until they open in just under 6 hours. I thought retirement would get me away from such worries
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Old 9th Mar 2016, 13:39
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I just add a dash of vinegar to the boiling water before putting the eggs in - stops them from cracking
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Old 9th Mar 2016, 15:30
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Yup ... I know all of those things about hard-boiling eggs but all of these eggs were a week old, all from the same carton and all treated exactly the same. As I said, I have never encountered anything quite like this particular egg before. All peeled beautifully except this one reluctant sod of a thing. I did manage to get the yolk out of it though!

Just been to see John Cleese and Eric Idle "together again for the very first time". Hysterically funny show!
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Old 9th Mar 2016, 22:46
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Cap'n Draper - As lonkmu says, vinegar in the water help to stop eggs breaking up, also a pin hole each end of the egg.


My biggest hate with eggs is, when frying them, the yolk breaks on entering the pan! That, to me, is a failed egg and I crack another one to replace it.
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