Ever since I started living on my own, food shows were the number 1 thing I watched. And one of the tips that always got brought up no matter what show you were watching, was to crack the egg into a separate bowl before adding it to the mix. This was to ensure that you didn’t add a rotten egg to the entire mix thus ruining whatever you were attempting to make.
Pfffttt! Was my response to that. One of my major goals that I try to achieve every time I cook in my kitchen is to minimize the number of things used. The more you use, the more you have to clean. I don’t mind spending hours cooking, but I have no desire to spend hours cleaning up. The thought of bringing out another bowl just to check an egg was ridiculous to me. I’m talking Rachael Ray garbage bowl ridiculous is how I viewed this tip. I had never come across a rotten egg, and wouldn’t you know you had a rotten egg on your hands? I mean it would stink as most rotten things do, right?
Yeah, this all changed when a few years back I was making a quiche for dinner with the remaining four eggs that we had in the fridge. I’m happily cracking and dumping when it happened. I just cracked and dumped a rotten egg into my bowl with all the other ingredients. A rotten egg is gross. It is nasty to look at and there will be no doubt that you are dealing with a rotten egg. I was so flaming ticked off. There went dinner and I had to scramble around to make something else. And you know? It didn’t smell, look, or feel any different than a regular egg. So the answer is No. I had no idea there was a rotten egg hiding just waiting to cause culinary chaos in my kitchen.
Now I always check my eggs. I open them into a little glass dish before adding them into the bigger mixing bowl. Thankfully I have not come across another rotten egg, but in the event it happens, I am prepared to deal with it quickly. If you haven’t started doing this as you cook, I would reccomend it. Again, I repeat, rotten eggs are gross. Like me, maybe this is a tip you’ve heard over and over again finding it silly. As silly as it sounds, I will now gladly wash an extra little bowl if it prevents me from cooking disaster.