But this isn't just a shameless plug for Serious Eats. One of their more intriguing posts is their weekly In Food Policy This Week: 5 News Bites. They also talk a bit about urban farming and organic living. Using this as inspiration, I am starting a Hapa Farm Girl post, talking about my upbringing living in a suburban area with a more rural lifestyle. First topic is EGGS.
"You don't know where those chickens have been! You don't know what they've been eating! Do you know how OLD those eggs are?!"
He assured me that he had never eaten a fresh egg, and had yet to sprout any tentacles.
Okay maybe the chickens don't get daily massages and pep talks but for the price for a dozen, they should!
Plus supermarket eggs are OLD! Fresh eggs will not hard boil right, and need to sit for weeks before they will do so properly (fresh eggs make great everything else, besides cheesecake apparently also interferes with the cooking). So that means that those supermarket eggs that never have problems boiling must be sitting in a fridge for weeks!
A) its a lot of work to kill and dress a chicken
B) How could we eat Mr. Pants?
*Mr. Pants, was female, but named Mr. Pants because she was a special breed, Cochin, that had feathered legs that looked like pants. My father would point this gender discrepancy and shake his head bemusedly every time we replied "Yep! Her name is Mr. Pants!"
Even at my apartment, I have several pots of herbs growing, and I'm starting some vines this summer, probably cukes and tomatoes. So when they talk about urban gardening, I smile because I've gone from acre to apartment, taking my garden with me. No chickens yet (they would be super messy on my patio) but a quick trip to my parents' house solves that.
But can you believe my mom makes me gather the eggs myself from under the chicken butts and wash them myself?!
Pick your own apples and cherries may a fun activity, but don't expect farmers to advertise collecting your own eggs. Broody hens like to sit on their eggs, even if you don't have a rooster. They peck at you when you try to steal their eggs!
It's a small price to pay for beautiful healthy eggs.