Answer: The Bad Egg will Rise Up and Shell Itself
Elijah and I learned an egg-citing new trick from Elyse today: How to find an old egg (before it’s too late!)
- Take the eggs you want to cook and put them in water so that they are submerged.
- Do they float, or do they sink?
- They should sink. If they float to the surface, you may want to consider passing on that omelet.
- Those from the same batch that sink will likely be very easy to peel.
Disclaimer: A sinking egg may have other issues, but it is fresh.
- Fresh eggs have very little (if any) air in the shell.
- As they age, air gets through the shell into the egg.
- A floating egg indicates an old egg to the point that enough air has entered in to allow it to float.
- The other eggs from the same batch, may not havequite enough air to float, but likely have enough to loosen the shell and make them easy to peel.
- The easier an egg is to peel, the older it likely is.
Providing us with extremely local, chemical free and just picked greens (of many sorts), tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, herbs & flowers all spring, summer and fall, and….
… through the winter, too!
- FUN – We have had a ton of fun and are so grateful for our Tower Gardens.
- EASY – I can’t say it’s “workless”, but it is certainly “work less”. I add water around once every 2-4 weeks depending on what we are growing and the temperature. I don’t need to prepare the ground. There are no weeds. There is no daily care needed. I don’t do any trimming. Our biggest thing we do it just pick and eat.
- SIMPLE SUCCESS – I was not a gardener. Yet, our first garden (see above) turned out very well, as have all others since.
- DEVELOP AN INTEREST IN GARDENING – We have grown an enjoyment in gardening that led to buying a second Tower, and also planting in the ground (though in the ground is not nearly as easy or productive :).
- EDUCATIONAL – We have all learned so much about how plants grow.
- ELIJAH EATS EVERYTHING – Elijah runs out and grabs anything from greens to tomatoes and even flowers and stuffs them in his mouth. (We only plant edible flowers, and he knows to only pick from the Tower, not others in the yard.)
- TASTE – We now better understand when people say that garden fresh produce tastes better. So much better!
- CAN’T KILL IT – I call it the garden that will not die. I add water about once every 3-4 weeks. Twice I forgot to add water and it looked like it had died. I added water and within a few hours it was back to full life. (This is more of a testimony to the amazing design God gave plants that we have come to appreciate, than to the Tower Garden, though the way it waters does allow the water to be absorbed more easily.)
- REALLY CAN’T KILL IT – Our garden has flourished on a year when everyone else’s was dying.
- WINTER GROWING – We even moved it inside for the coldest winter (2013-2014) and it did well just next to a medium sized window with no grow lights. (See pictures above). Outside with full sunshine grow most things faster, but inside did very well.
- SAVE MONEY – We eat a lot of greens and we didn’t need to buy greens or tomatoes for over half of the year! We bought it for around $10 a week for the first year, and have been eating almost for free ever since and looking to years to come.
- Over all, this has been an amazingly fun, healthy, habit developing experience!