Got Eggs?

May 31, 2010 at 8:42 am 10 comments

Poor lonely little blog. I’ve been away so long I wonder if there’s anybody out there?

With weeks of fine spring weather and a fully functional right arm, I’ve been spending lots of time gardening, hiking, working dogs and focusing on other non-computer projects. Most of the garden is in and spring cleaning is mostly done, so I hope to get back to regular blogging this week.

Along with gardening and other chores I’ve also been doing a lot of cooking, which leads to this morning’s non-dog-related post.

With summer weather and almost 16 hours of daylight, each of the girls has been laying an egg almost every day. This means that we’re getting about four dozen eggs a week – a lot more than we typically use and consequently I’ve been looking for ways to use them up. With a bit of experimentation, I came up with a winner this week – Freezer French Toast. It’s simple to make, the recipe uses up a dozen eggs, it stores well – and the results are delicious.

Freezer French Toast

Ingredients:
*   Two loaves of day-old bread (raisin bread is best if you can get it)
. (save the bags the bread came in)
*   A dozen medium to large eggs
*   1/2 Cup milk
*   1/2 Cup maple syrup
*   1 teaspoon vanilla extract
*   2 teaspoons cinnamon
*   1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
*   Oil of your choice (I used bacon fat)

Directions:
Mix all ingredients except bread in a flat-bottomed container large enough to set a slice of bread in.

Heat a large fry pan or griddle – the bigger the better, as you’re making a large batch. I used a griddle set at 350F.

Oil griddle, dip slices of bread in batter to coat both sides and fry about 3 minutes on each side or until browned.

Cool slices on a rack. This is perhaps the most important step in the process because if you cool them on paper towels or a plate, they’ll get soggy and icky. Leave the slices on the rack (I used the shelves from my oven, they worked just fine) until they’ve cooled to room temperature. Then spread them out in a single layer on cookie sheets and put them in the freezer. In about four hours they should be frozen solid. Put the frozen slices back into the bread bags, close them up and store in the freezer.

To prepare, turn your toaster up high and pop them in. With the raisins, cinnamon and syrup in the recipe – these were great as finger food fresh out of the toaster with nothing on them at all. They were absolutely scrumptious covered in applesauce.

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Rob McMillin  |  May 31, 2010 at 10:08 am

    If the blog becomes a Job, then you won’t do it. Simple as that.

  • 2. YesBiscuit  |  May 31, 2010 at 10:33 am

    I really want to get some chickens so we could have our own eggs. Do you have a recommendation for a good primer on the subject?

  • 3. SmartDogs  |  May 31, 2010 at 11:58 am

    “Chickens in Your Backyard” by the Luttmans is a good intro.

    And http://www.backyardchickens.com/ and http://www.mypetchicken.com/ are good (and free) sources of online information.

    Chickens are the cheapest, easiest, lowest maintenance stock you can raise. Once you’ve got a coop and a few basic supplies, you don’t need much more than feed. We use a combination of grass clippings, leaves and shredded newspaper as bedding so it’s free (and the girls conveniently turn it into fertilized mulch for us). If they can range a bit for bugs and weeds, feed costs drop too.

  • 4. H. Houlahan  |  May 31, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    I also like Living With Chickens by Jay Rossier and any of the several by Gail Damerow.

    The Backyard Chicken boards are astonishingly full of information. Lot of clutter, too, but you learn how to find the solid stuff after a while.

    I agree — of the four species of poultry we raise here, chickens are the easiest, most productive, and most rewarding and charming of the critters. And so many beautiful breeds to choose from. I especially love my gorgeous, good-natured, productive, blue-egg-laying Ameraucanas* — but I also don’t have to choose, I have lots of breeds and mixed breeds.

    *Technically “easter eggers” — hatchery non-purebreds. The purebreds are not so productive, and can be delicate because of excessive inbreeding for their very narrow show standard.

  • 5. Giselle Scull - Monroe  |  May 31, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Feed some to the dogs!

    Healthy nutrition for them and great fun if you leave them whole for them to figure out how to get to the good stuff.

  • 6. YesBiscuit  |  May 31, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Thanks for the recommendations. We will definitely check them out.
    I do have a very basic question that I’d probably be too embarrassed to ask in a forum but since you guys already know how SMART I am… You know how you have to get a goat pregnant in order to keep her for the purpose of producing goat milk? Well I actually did not know that for longer than I care to admit. So on the chickens, will hens just lay eggs for the heck of it or do you need to keep a rooster around or sprinkle magic dust or anything like that?

  • 7. maryna ozuna  |  May 31, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Ooh…that’s good.

  • 8. H. Houlahan  |  June 1, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Hens will just lay eggs when the time comes. No rooster required.

    If you ever wanted anything to hatch out of those eggs, rooster required.

    If you have near neighbors, rooster is not recommended, and in many places, not permitted.

    I love having the roos around — love the sound of the crowing, and love to watch them squire their ladies about the place. But not good for suburban neighbor relations.

    So be sure to buy PULLETS, not “straight run,” if you get chicks from a store or hatchery. Chick sexing is an art as much as a science, so this is not 100% reliable.

    To be absolutely sure, spend a very few bucks more and buy “ready-to-lay” pullets that are about four months old. Around here you can find these on Craig’s list, or you can check the ads on the BYC boards (or place a wanted ad) for ones in your area.

  • 9. YesBiscuit  |  June 1, 2010 at 8:32 am

    OK thanks.
    Also thanks for the suggestion on buying the older hens. I really hate the thought of missing out on the epic cuteness of fuzzy chicks but I can understand the value in it.

  • 10. A.Vincent  |  June 1, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Our “girls” are laying like crazy, thank you for the yummy recipe.
    Just a quick note regarding the roosters, they “taste like chicken”!

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