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Disturbing Realizations - De File
Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
cbertsch
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Disturbing Realizations
I just ate a banana from a bunch I purchased at a horrible non-union store that I was forced to shop at the other day. And it was good. In fact, whenever I get the cheap, non-organic bananas from that sort of place, they taste much better to me than the organic kind I can buy at Wild Oats. Why is that? I've had a related experience with eggs. We only buy the free-range sort, most of which come from the Petaluma area in Sonoma County, where jewish Anarchists -- including Winona Rider's ancestors, I believe -- started farming chickens a century ago. And they taste better than the industrial sort that you buy cheap at the supermarket. But their shells are ridiculously thin. They don't even crack in a satisfying manner. It's like slamming your fist into safety glass. So the pursuit of hard-boiled eggs is a sortee in which you are bound to lose several members of the troop to premature splitting. And Easter eggs? Don't even bother trying to make the sort that dry out from the inside out and last for eternity. If it's the shell you're after, better go for the bad sort. Otherwise you'll risk fearing that the chickens who laid your eggs were subjected to high levels of DDT.

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frostedfuckhead From: frostedfuckhead Date: August 10th, 2005 03:30 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

haha

That's hilarious. I feel exactly the same way about the bananas. Honestly though, as far as the rest of the produce/eggs/meat etc go, I've had good luck with organic food stores. The meat, especially, is significantly better and often cheaper than at Fry's/Albertson's/Safeway....

Do you cook Charlie? It's recently become a hobby of mine. I'm accumulating quite a variety of excellent recipes, and the food channel is always on in the background in my room.

I can also recommend this book for light, fun reading:

http://www.anthonybourdain.com/copy.asp?g=3&id=20

mhkrabat From: mhkrabat Date: August 10th, 2005 08:16 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
As of last fall, I only need to go out to the back yard to get fresh eggs. They are so rich and bright that if you normally would have two eggs, one from our girls will do. They are huge and wonderful, but yes, the shells can be thin. At times so much so that they don't survive the laying. And for hardboiled they are not so good as they don't peel well and they often have the outer 1/4 inch of white stuck to the shell. Why is this? Because they are too fresh I'm told. It also has to do with the intake of calcium in the diet. Hard to believe there's a drawback to fresh eggs but when you want one hardboiled, fresh are not optimal.

Another possible reason for thin shells is the eggs come from hens past prime laying age. This is sort of comforting to me as the lucky old girls are kept around and doted on instead of being culled. Thats sort of a short version of how we happened to get 4 laying hens. They were believed to be past prime laying age. Since last fall they've provided us with over 500 eggs. Not so bad for has-beens.

Average store bought eggs can be weeks to months old by the time you buy them. Aged adequately they are better for hardboiled than our fresh ones.

A neighbor farmer recalls always having chickens around and consequently, there were always hardboileds to eat. The farmer method of eating them was to cut them in half and scoop the goods out with a spoon.

We've since gotten 6 chicks which are almost full grown, which will be taking over egg laying duties, and the old girls can hang out and provide tips on being a chicken
frostedfuckhead From: frostedfuckhead Date: August 11th, 2005 05:22 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
i envy you.
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