Farm Eggs Wash or Not

Fresh Farm Eggs Wash or Not

Heading out to the chicken coop to gather our farm fresh eggs is a daily experience and one that I enjoy.  Sometimes the eggs are somewhat dirty.  Very first thing you would think to do after bringing them into the house is to wash them.  After all the eggs you purchase from the local grocery story are all nice and clean.

Let me share some facts about eggs.  Eggs are covered in bacteria and germs.  As you can see from the photo these eggs are not clean.   I like to call it have some of the farm left on them.  Biggest risk with eggs is with salmonella bacteria.

Let’s talk about the eggshell.  Eggshells are made of tiny calcium carbonate crystals.  Every eggshell looks solid.  Actually each eggshell is covered with pores.  These pores allow the transfer of bacterial between the inner and out eggshell.

Hold on if your thinking your never going to eat another egg in your life.  Nature has developed its own defense against contamination.  Just before Henrietta lays her egg, her body deposits a protein like mucous coating on the outside of her egg.  The protective coating is called the bloom.  The pores of the egg are sealed, which stops the transfer of bacteria from outer shell to the inner shell and egg center.

The bloom will remain intact as long as the egg is NOT WASHED.  Just running the egg under water will remove this protective layer and the egg pores open.

The U.S. is one of the few countries that requires washing of commercial eggs.  Compared to european countries who legally restrict commercial eggs from be washed.

For example in Ireland only unwashed eggs receive Grade A or AA standards.  Ireland can’t commercially sell eggs that have been washed.

My farm fresh eggs are never washed.  The bloom is left on and for this reason the eggs don’t have to be refrigerated.

Please share your thoughts on using farm fresh eggs over store-bought eggs.  I look forward to hearing from all of you.

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Blogging Grandmothers Link Party #7

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Peanut Butter Pie No Bake

Peanut Butter Pie No Bake

Don’t have the time or energy to take the time to bake a pie.  No worries!  Whip up this Peanut Butter Pie No Bake in no time.  Ten minutes to make the crust and 10 minutes for the filling.  You could probably make it faster, 20 minutes isn’t much time out of our busy lives.

I used a chocolate wafer crust.  In the past I have used a graham cracker crust and even spent more time making a regular pie crust.  Totally your decision and what your family likes.

Make one 9 inch pie crust of your choice.  If you want to purchase a pie crust there will be no judgement from.  All personal preference.

Graham Crust

1/2 cup butter melted
1 1/2 cups graham crackers crushed
1/4 cup sugar

Mix everything together.  Pour into pie pan.  Using the heel of your hand press the crust down and up the sides of the pie pan.

Pie Filling

1 package 8 ounce cream cheese softened
1 cup peanut butter creamy or chunky  your choice
1/4 cup milk
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 containers cool whip 8 ounces

In a large bowl add the cream cheese, peanut butter, milk, powdered sugar and vanilla extract.  Mix until creamy.

Fold in one container of cool whip.  Pour into pie crust.  Spread out.  Place in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours or over night.

Before serving spread the second container of cool whip on top of the pie.

The Peanut Butter Pie may be served as is, or garnish with chocolate topping, chopped nuts, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips or what about a cherry on top.  ENJOY!

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Monster Cookies

Monster Cookies

Here is a cookies recipe that makes a bunch of cookies.  I’m talking like 12 dozen or more depending on how big you decide to make these cookies. Warning you will need a big bowl to mix everything.

If you don’t happen to need 12 dozen cookies all at once here is a tip for always have cookie dough on hand.  Divide up your dough and place on wax paper.  Roll into a long roll.  Just like those store-bought cookie dough rolls.  Roll the dough and warp the wax paper around the dough.  Next cover with plastic wrap.  I place several rolls into large freezer bags and store them in the freezer until it is time for cookies.  You can do this with any cookie dough you make.  This saves tons of time and money.

When ready to use just remove from freezer bag.  Thaw, slice and bake.  Great when you need to bake two dozen cookies for your childs class that they forgot to tell you about until 9:00 at night and they need them the next day.  Not that this has ever happened.

Monster Cookies

Ingredients:

1 dozen eggs
2 pounds brown sugar
4 cups white sugar
3 Tablespoons vanilla extract
8 teaspoons baking soda
1 stick butter
3 pounds peanut butter creamy or chunky
18 cups regular oatmeal
1 pound chocolate chips
1 pound M&M’s

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

In a big bowl add eggs, brown sugar, white sugar, vanilla, baking soda, and butter.  Mix really well.  Add peanut butter and mix well.

Add oatmeal and mix really well.  Add in chocolate chips and M&M’s.  Mix well.

Drop by tablespoon full onto cookie sheet.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.  Don’t over bake as the cookies will be too hard.  ENJOY!

http://www.candysfarmhousepantry.com/?p=1873 S’more Cookies

 

Christmas Jar Gift

Christmas Jar
Christmas Jar

Searching for a super easy quick decoration for Christmas?  How about a gift for that special teacher, neighbor or friend.

Here is your answer.  I used a tree, let your imagination go wild, snowman, reindeer or snowflake would make a great looking Christmas Jar Gift.

I filled  min with jingle bells.  Fill your with candy, cookies or some pretty colored rocks with a tea candle placed on top.  Make several and place them all around the house.

Get the kids involved.  Especial when it coms to painting.

1 quart jar  (Clean the outside with rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball)
Contact paper
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Cookie cutter or pattern of your choice
Ribbon
Filling for your jar.

Trace your cookie cutter onto the contact paper.  Cut out and place on your jar.

Make sure all the edges are sealed down so no paint seeps underneath.  Paint your jar and let dry.  Repeat at least two more times or until the jar is completely covered.  Let dry completely.  I let mine dry overnight.

Carefully and slowly remove contact paper.  Add ribbon and fill jar.  ENJOY!

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Blogging Grandmothers Link Party #5

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Apple Pie Homemade/No Fail Pie Crust

Apple Pie Homemade
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Apple Pie Homemade/No Fail Pie Crust
Apple Pie Homemade/No Fail Pie Crust

Traditional two crust Apple Pie made with my dear mother’s No Fail Pie Crust recipe.  Making your own pie crust is not rocket science.  Any one can achieve a beautiful tasting pie.  Simple ingredients and I will give you simple instructions.

If you enjoy a crumble topping over the dough crust, don’t despair.  Below I will share the link to Apple Pie Crumble.

If your still not sure about making your own homemade pie check out these links I have included on Use the Correct Pie Pan, Pie Making Tools and Pie In a Jar.

Earlier this fall I processed and canned my own apple pie filling.  If you decide to purchase a can of pie filling, no problem.  Maybe next year I can talk you into making and canning your own apple pie filling.  The link is included below.

No Fail Pie Crust

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons salt
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 cup shortening ( I use Crisco)
1/2 cup cold water

Place flour, salt and sugar in large bowl and mix.  Add shortening.  If you don’t have a pastry cutter no problem.  Use a fork and mix the shortening and flour until you have pea size crumbles.

Add cold water and continue to mix together.  At the end I always use my hands to finish making the dough.

You can wrap the dough at this point and store in the refrigerator up to 2 days.  Chill dough for 15 minutes.

Cut dough into 4 equal pieces.  This will make two double pie crusts.  Sprinkle flour onto your work service.  Roll out dough.  Place in your pie pan and trim the edges.

Add your pie filling.  I use one quart of homemade canned pie filling.  If purchasing your pie filling you will need 1 large can for a deep dish pie pan or 1 small can for small pie pan.

Roll out your second piece of dough.  Cover the filling.  Use your fingers to make a fluted edge or just take a fork and press down all around the edge.  All you’re doing is sealing the two crusts together.  Take a knife and cut off any excess dough.

Cut 3 slits into the top of the crust to help the steam escape.

Sprinkle the top with cinnamon if desired.

Don’t throw the pie dough away.  Make Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crisps, the link is below.  Want not waste not.  Kids will love them trust me.

Pre-heat oven on 350 degrees.  Place pie on a cookie sheet and place in oven.  Bake for 1 hour.

http://www.candysfarmhousepantry.com/?p=1729  Apple Crumb
http://www.candysfarmhousepantry.com/?p=699  Apple Pie Filling
http://www.candysfarmhousepantry.com/?p=1141  Use the Correct Pie Pan
http://www.candysfarmhousepantry.com/?p=1130  Pie Making Tools
http://www.candysfarmhousepantry.com/?p=727  Pie In a Jar
http://www.candysfarmhousepantry.com/?p=1003  Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crisps

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