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All Parts of Eggs Lead to Savings

"A friend is someone who thinks that you're a good egg even though he knows that you're slightly cracked," or so the saying goes.

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For frugal folks everywhere, the simple, noble chicken egg is a good friend indeed, and not just at Easter. Eggs are an inexpensive source of high quality protein year round.

Even more so, the myriad ways to repurpose an eggshell  is the topic of this week's episode "The Cheap Life,"  my new web show on YouTube.

Egg Supplies

Speaking of novel ways to use eggs, you can make your sweetheart a special heart-shaped egg this Easter. Just hard boil the eggs for about 15 minutes, then plunge them into a bowl of ice water to make removing the shells easier. Once cool, remove the shells. [NOTE: This works best with freshly boiled eggs, when the yolks are still slightly malleable, so don't let them sit around too long.]


Egg Process

Next, use a piece of light cardboard (a piece cut from the side of a milk carton is perfect) to make a cradle as shown (it's like a little cardboard canoe!). Place the egg in the cradle, and use two rubber bands to fasten a pencil or a chopstick on top of the egg to apply pressure and make the desired indentation. Put the egg (still in the cradle) in the refrigerator for a couple of hours or even overnight.




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And, voila, you have a heart-shaped egg - all for about 20 cents! Truly eggs-traordinary!  This short video has more step-by-step instructions.  (Photos by Tish King)

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