Do More with Eggs

Eggs are delicious to eat and in this economy, you cannot beat the egg’s price. Sure, all food prices have increased drastically and the price of a dozen eggs is no different. Eggs have soared in prices approximately 30 percent since 2007; however, when all is taken into consideration, the price of eggs cost approximately 16 cents each. If two eggs is considered to be a nutritious meal, where else can you possibly get breakfast for a measly 32 cents?

 

Everyone knows you can cook an egg in hundreds of different ways. You can fry, hard-boil, scramble, and devil eggs; you can cut up different vegetables and meats for an omelet; you can poach, casserole, make an egg salad or eggs benedict.

But did you know that there are several other wonderful uses for the common egg? Here are eight eggstraordinary eggsamples of what I am talking about:

Eggs to treat sunburn: This egg mixture provides immediate soothing relief to anyone who has spent too much time out in the sun and is ailing from the burns caused by the sun’s rays. You will first need to separate the whites from an egg and beat them into a froth mixture. Add two teaspoons of castor oil and two teaspoons of vinegar and stir together. Apply it to your burn and leave on for at least ten minutes. Rinse with warm water afterward. You can continue to apply this mixture daily and your burn will heal quicker.

Eat an egg raw: Raw eggs are loaded with protein and good fats for the body. Athletes and bodybuilders have been eating raw eggs for decades. A raw egg gets delivered to the bloodstream quicker than eating the egg cooked and it gives a swift boost to the immune system. In addition, eating an egg raw, provides several nutrients to the brain, nerves and glands allowing for a nutritionally balanced body overall. You can blend a raw egg with different fruits like bananas and avocado, for a wholesome smoothie or you can simply chug a raw egg seasoned with a little salt and pepper. Organic eggs are a great alternative to regular eggs in an effort to minimize the tainting concerns of eggs and salmonella. For those who are not used to consuming raw eggs on a regular basis, the recommendation is to eat a small portion of a raw egg daily and work up to a whole egg, possibly over the course of a week. After that, it’s smooth sailing.

Eggs used as glue: Junior’s project is due tomorrow and you just located a bottle of Elmer’s glue, completely empty. Don’t fret; no need to run to the craft store just for an adhesive. Use eggs! The whites are efficient enough to stick to paper, food creations, or even used as shellac on homemade oven pretzels or cookies.

Egg as hair conditioner: Put aside your favorite conditioner once a week and go with eggs. Crack open an egg, beat the egg with a fork, add one tablespoon of olive oil, and beat again. You may add one cup of lukewarm water to dilute it or not. If you like, you may also add your favorite scent like almond oil or lavender for a sweet fragrance. In addition, you may add a teaspoon of honey, mayonnaise or lemon juice for more shine. Wash your hair with your regular shampoo and apply the egg conditioner; run your fingertips through your hair so that the mixture can be applied evenly. Leave on for five minutes and then rinse with cool or lukewarm water.

Eggs as a facial mask: Making your own face mask mixed with eggs and a few other household items will leave your skin feeling refreshed and silky smooth in minutes. Create a mask by cracking an egg and beating well with a fork or a wire whisk. For dry skin, add in one teaspoon of honey and olive oil, mix until smooth. For normal/combination skin, add one teaspoon of olive oil and one half cup of cooked instant oatmeal and mix until smooth. For oily skin use the egg white only. Apply to face and leave on for fifteen minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.

Eggs as a center piece: In the spirit of Easter, this is a splendid decoration to display on your coffee or dining room table all season long. This project is one that the children will genuinely adore; however, if you enjoy crafting, you can have as much fun blowing and decorating eggs individually. You can decorate the eggs by coloring them as you would for Easter, prior to blowing the egg out. If you choose to paint the eggs with an oil paint, you can do so after you blow them out. If you wish, you can make creative egg people by fan folding thin strips of construction paper and gluing them to the egg in order to create arms and legs for the egg person.

Drill holes; one on the bottom and one on the top of a raw egg. One of the holes should be larger than the other. Hold the larger hole over a bowl and blow into the smaller one. Be careful as the raw egg seeps out of the larger hole; you want to make certain not to break the shell. Once all of the raw egg is out of the inside, you can clean the egg out with a tiny amount of bleach and some water and blow out again. You are now ready to do as you wish with your egg.

Eggs as a bandage for minor wounds: Using the thin clear layer of skin inside the egg allows your skin to heal quicker, reduces scabs and stops the bleeding. Separate the egg white from the yolk and meticulously peel away at the egg’s thin interior layer. Place this layer over the wound and cover it with a thin layer of egg white. Once the egg skin is dry, peel away at the edges and apply the egg white again.

Eggs as mini seed starter kits: This is a clever activity for children. After you crack the egg, leave at least half of it intact, so that you can add potting soil and seeds in order to grow your favorite herb, veggie or plant. The eggshell is biodegradable, so when it comes time to plant the seeds, you can put the whole eggshell into the ground.

This is a very simple process. After you have used the egg, create a whole in the bottom for drainage. Set up the eggshells in an egg carton; fill each eggshell with one or two seeds and approximately four tablespoons of soil. Place the egg carton near a sunny window and follow the instructions on the seed package carefully so that you can properly water and care for your seeds until they are ready to be transferred.