I didn’t think eggs could get an easier than scrambled, but these hard-boiled eggs come pretty close! I’ve never had an egg crack or come out under- or over-cooked using this method. I find that peeling them under cool running water while still hot makes the shells come off just a little more easily, but it’s important to use fresher eggs. Now, most of us don’t get eggs straight from the chicken (though I highly recommend doing so if you can–keeping chickens can be incredibly rewarding). Instead, most of us get them from cartons at the grocery store and their sell-by date may be months after they were laid. So, how can you tell if an egg is fresh? Submerge it in water. If it floats or stands up on its narrower end, it’s old enough you should discard it. Eggs that sink and lie flat are fine.
Another note on egg purchasing: Here at A Clean Plate, we try to eat in ways that are humane, sustainable, and healthy–for everyone involved in the food-growing process, including the animals. The best eggs you can find at the grocery store are going to be certified humane and/or certified organic. If you’ve got a local farmer’s market where you can talk directly to the farmer, even better! Find out what sort of conditions their chickens live in and support the ones that offer their flock plenty of outdoor space for foraging. While they do okay on vegetarian feed and even kitchen scraps, chickens love insects and worms. And they definitely don’t want to be confined to cages so small they can’t even spread their wings for the duration of their lives. Buying organic/humane eggs is a vote for better conditions and happier chickens.
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The great nutrition conundrum of our times is how to make a healthy diet sustainable, not just for us and our families, but for future generations. It’s no secret that factory farming has been disastrous for the environment, never mind the welfare of us or our food. So I try to prioritize ethically-harvested, sustainably-raised, grass-fed or pastured proteins. US Wellness Meats not only fits the bill, but they also have a huge variety of other products: Seafood, game meats, jerky, bone broth, sausage, tallow, pork rinds… there’s a lot to love. Free shipping combined with bi-weekly deals from their newsletter can make them more affordable than your local supermarket for meat that’s antibiotic-free, humanely-raised, and really, really good.