by Tammy Taylor
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I’m really getting some chicken raising 101 education. This year is our very first chicken-raising endeavor & I must say that I’ve enjoyed it quite a bit. When our chickens were about 21 weeks old they began laying eggs. I was so excited! Especially since I learned how much healthier free-range chicken’s eggs are compared to store-bought eggs! We have a very small flock but still, that’s a lot of fresh eggs for one family to consume. I’ve written before about different ways to preserve the eggs for those leaner egg-laying times. There’s batch-making & freezing breakfast burritos and even instructions for easily Freezing Raw Eggs for later. But today I wanted to use several of those fresh eggs to make egg salad sandwich spread for RancherMan.
I started off by boiling the eggs the night before & storing the boiled eggs in the fridge overnight. The next day I peeled the cold eggs & gave them a good rinse. Boiling & peeling very fresh eggs can be a challenge but all of these eggs easily came out in one piece.
Now I received a *Vidalia Chop Wizard as a gift a while back. I always pull it out when I’m making egg salad. DANG that thing makes for short work! It dices all the ingredients the same – eggs, a couple of dill pickles that I canned earlier this year, sweet pickle relish I canned from last year’s garden & a small onion. Then I stirred in some of my own homemade mayonnaise (not garlic-flavored this time), along with a squirt of mustard and a sprinkle of black pepper & paprika for a little added zip. I mix it all gently and BOOM! Egg salad!
I used to try to do all of this with a cutting board & knife but now with my *Chop Wizard (and of course after the eggs are boiled, cooled & peeled) I can whip up egg salad in about 3 minutes! It’s not that I don’t just loooove hanging out in the kitchen slaving away, but dang if you can get it done in a fraction of the time, #whythehecknot??!
The final word from RancherMan is that this egg salad is DELICIOUS. I love that so much of this sandwich spread was produced right here on our ranch & that it was so quick & easy to make. And this is a much less expensive sandwich option than lunch meat or peanut butter, two common sandwich options here in the Taylor Household. How do you use your chicken’s eggs?
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