So don't be surprised if you hear me muttering. Oh whoops, squirrel, we were talking about eggs. 'Whoa pony, whoa! Get back here.' I thought I had this egg organization business worked out. I stacked egg cartons in the refrigerator with the oldest on top and the newest on the bottom but they did not always stay that way. In part because I'm not the only one with access to the refrigerator.
Have you ever stared at six dozen egg cartons wondering which ones are the oldest? Your eyes glaze over and the stress level builds. 'Which ones should I scramble to feed back to the chickens? I need to save at least a dozen.' Because if I have this many eggs, I've been too busy to use the bumper crop creating egg noodles, souffles, angel food cake and the like for the freezer. I'm doing well just cleaning out the refrigerator.
But which eggs are fresh? I'm not dissolving 2 Tablespoons of salt into 2 cups of cold water and testing 72 eggs for freshness. If the egg sinks to the bottom, they are suppose to be fresh. If they float towards the bottom at an angle they are getting old and if they float, then it is throw them out time. Great experiment for the kids but even they are not doing 72 eggs for me.
So I devised a plan--
Number the egg cartons 1 to 4 and stack accordingly. The number 1 egg carton being the oldest. That surely would do the trick. But sometimes household members just put eggs away in whatever carton had an empty slot. And sometimes I got confused too as it was too complicated.
Plan B --
- I asked everyone to put the eggs on the counter in order that I would be the one to put the eggs in cartons and into the refrigerator. The eggs sometimes sat for two days on the counter cluttering it up before the task got done.
The stress mounts each time I remembered that one day on the counter equals one week in the refrigerator so my newly laid eggs just got two weeks older in the two days they sat. Clearly not the answer to the problem.
So after much frustration and time had passed, my brain finally came back to the paddock. Why don't I number with a pencil the day of the month on top of the eggs. Duh!!, I put dates on the eggs when I put them in the incubator and I mark X's and O's so I know to flip the egg from side to side if I'm not using the electric egg turner. So what took me so long to think of this? It's Captain Obvious! It's brilliant!
- I know exactly the age of each and every egg if I put the eggs away right after collecting them instead of two days later. I need to delegate more. The kids could do this.
- Even if the eggs don't get put in the refrigerator in the right carton, I still know the age of each egg and every egg. And this takes such a short amount of time to do.
- This way I can count at any given time how many eggs were laid a certain day. My record keeping would not have to be done that moment in time when the eggs are collected. Lately it has not been done at all.