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7 Methods to Separate Eggs like a Pro

7 Methods to Separate Eggs like a Pro

Here are 7 tried-and-true methods for separating eggs like a pro. Learning how to separate an egg cleanly without breaking the yolk and getting any of the yolk in the whites takes practice.  If you're beating the egg whites for meringue or a souffle, for example, even the tiniest bit of yolk in the white can cause them not to whip up nicely, so separating eggs is a skill you will want to master. 

Will Raising Chickens for Eggs Really Save you Money?

Raising a small flock of backyard chickens is a fun hobby that provides a convenient source of delicious fresh eggs, but will it really save you money in the long run compared to buying eggs from the supermarket? With a recession looming on the horizon (or maybe it's already here?) and rising food prices, eggs still remain one of the most nutritious, economical protein choices.  Many of us raise our own chickens and grow our own gardens already, so we are semi-insulated from the increase in the cost of living. 

What's the Best Way to Crack an Egg?

Believe it or not, there's a right way and a wrong way to crack an egg. If you raise chickens, you've most likely cracked way more eggs than the average person, and you probably don't think twice about it. But you don't have to have a backyard full of poultry to use eggs on a regular basis, and anyone who bakes regularly likely cracks eggs all the time as well. Or anyone feeding a family.  Okay, pretty much everyone cracks lots of eggs over the course of a year, I would guess!

White Chocolate Jam Blondie Bars

These sweet patriotic red, white and blue jam blondie bars come together quickly using basic ingredients from your pantry. If you're looking for a quick and easy dessert for your summer barbeques and picnics that uses simple ingredients from your pantry, travels well and can  be made in advance and left out at room temperature for a couple of days, look no further than these sweet white chocolate jam blondies. 

Planting a (Nearly) Chicken-Proof Window Box

It can be hard to grow flowers and other plants when you raise chickens, but I have some tips for chicken-proof flower gardening. Learn how to plant a (nearly) chicken-proof window box. Anyone who raises chickens learns quickly that chickens will pretty much destroy all your landscaping and gardens. They love to scratch up roots looking for seeds and bugs and nibble of flowers, vegetables and leaves.  But it's still possible to grow pretty flowers - if you use window boxes!

Warm Bacon and Eggs Breakfast Salad

Here's a warm, citrusy salad recipe from  The Fresh Eggs Daily Cookbook  that you're going to love. Warm Bacon and Eggs Breakfast Salad Bacon, eggs, toast, and orange juice—they’re what breakfast is made of! Transform typical breakfast ingredients into a hearty dinner salad by adding mixed greens and a citrusy dressing. If you have some slightly stale bread on hand, this is the perfect way to use it. The stove-top croutons add a satisfying crunch to this dish. You'll have extra bacon, but when has that ever been a problem? Makes 2 servings. Brown Sugar Maple Bacon  12 slices thick-sliced bacon 2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1/3 cup maple syrup Freshly ground black pepper Homemade Buttered Croutons 3 tablespoons butter 2 cups cubed bread 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt Orange-Ginger Dressing 1 teaspoon grated orange peel 1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger 1/8 teaspoon kosher s

9 Tips for Perfect Deviled Eggs

Your deviled eggs will be Instagram-worthy with these few simple tips. It's deviled egg season and there's nothing more frustrating than trying to get 12 perfectly formed, perfectly peeled egg white halves to fill with your favorite filling. Deviled eggs aren't difficult to make, but to achieve picture perfect deviled eggs, there are a few important things you should keep in mind. 

Lavender Honey Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

Locally grown lavender and locally harvested honey make these cupcakes extra sweet. After visiting Moore Manor Lavender in nearby Newport, Maine to shoot an episode of my TV show Welcome to my Farm  a couple of years ago and talking with Peggy, the owner, about all the ways to use lavender in cooking and baking, I just knew I had to bake something with the culinary lavender I bought while we were there.

Seed Starting Tips for Beginners (and Everyone Else)

Use these simple seed starting tips for a more successful garden this summer. Whether you plan on getting a jump on the growing season by starting seeds indoors or you're planting your seeds right into the ground once the danger of frost has passed, using these simple tips will increase your odds of a higher germination rate and a more bountiful garden.

How Often Should You Collect Eggs from your Chicken Coop?

In addition to feeding your chickens and giving them fresh water daily, you'll also need to collect their eggs. But is once a day enough? You've successfully raised your flock from baby chicks to laying hens. You have experienced the immense joy and sense of satisfaction from collecting your first egg.  And now you're probably wondering, how often should you collect eggs from your chicken coop?

Don't Feed Guacamole to your Chickens!

There are lots of healthy chicken treats you can offer to your flock. However, guacamole isn't one of them. Chickens can ( and will! ) eat almost anything. As omnivores (meaning animals that obtain nutrients and energy from both plant and animal matter), chickens who are offered a wide variety of foods as treats will be happier and lay more nutritious, delicious eggs.