Unusual Ways with Eggs – Recipes, Tips, Tricks, Beauty, Crafts and More

Posted by on Jan 1, 2018 in Common Products - Uncommon Uses, Do-It-Yourself, Frugal For Everyone, Product Information, Recipes | 24 comments

Eggs

Farm Fresh Eggs in Basket

One of my favourite ways to start a New Year is by learning and sharing something new – especially something unusual. Well, I have found just the thing – eggs. Using eggs not just for cooking or baking but also for acne relief or children’s crafts falls into the unusual category, wouldn’t you agree?

The many ways to use Eggs:

  1. For cooking and baking
  2. In healthy smoothies
  3. For anti-aging skin care
  4. As an acne treatment
  5. As a leather cleaner
  6. For plants, inside and out
  7. For numerous craft projects.

Since a couple of my favourite sites are loaded with great ‘egg’ information, rather than add my own I decided to borrow freely from them.

From The Food Network:

50 Egg Ideas: Recipes and Cooking with Eggs.  I love many of their recipes/ideas – How about Smoked Salmon Scramble; Spring Frittata; or a South American version of Eggs Benedict – Arepas Benedict? You’ve got to check out this site, I almost guarantee that you’ll soon be trying out one of their recipes, they’re that tempting.

Allrecipes is another of my favourite ‘go-to’ sites. I’ll be making their Cheesy Amish Breakfast Casserole to share the next time we have brunch at church. There are numerous ideas for using eggs, including this one for a banana smoothie.

Banana Smoothie

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Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:
– 1 Banana
– 1 cup cold Milk
– 1 Egg
– 1Tbsp. Wheat germ
– 1 Tbsp. Honey
– 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
– ¼ tsp. ground Nutmeg
In a blender, combine banana, milk, egg, wheat germ, honey, vanilla and nutmeg. Blend until smooth. Pour into a chilled glass and serve.
• Editor’s Note:
• This recipe contains raw egg. We recommend that pregnant women, young children, the elderly, and the infirm do not consume raw egg. Learn more about egg safety from our article:
All About Eggs: Grades, Safety, Nutrition & More  Lenie’s Note: It’s worth reading this section if for no other reason than their clear explanation of egg safety helps put your mind at ease.
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Eggs For Beauty Treatments:

ALWAYS test any new skin care treatment by first trying it on the inner fold of the elbow. Check after 24 hours. Do not use if any sign of adverse reaction – redness or swelling – occurs.
• Eggs contain collagen which is a great help for anti-aging skin care. Collagen smooths out fine lines and wrinkles, giving skin a more youthful appearance.
• Eggs contain proteins, vitamins and other important nutrients needed for the maintenance of healthy skin, hair and nails.

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Egg Beauty Treatment

The ‘French Mayonnaise’ Treatment: You must try this – it’s amazing how well this multi-purpose treatment works, especially as an anti-aging treatment. It offers instant results leaving skin looking healthier, smoother, and feeling softer. I love it.

To make: Blend together 1 egg, ¼ cup apple cider vinegar, ¼ cup honey and 3 drops of lavender essential oil (optional). Slowly add ½ cup olive oil in a steady stream and turn the blender off. Transfer to glass jar with lid. Keeps for a week in the refrigerator.
Before Bath/Shower Body Rub: Keeps skin soft and smooth all over. Grab a generous amount of the mayonnaise into your hand, rub your hands together and rub all over your body before you jump into the tub or shower. Then bath/shower as usual. After drying off, immediately moisturize with a moisturizer of choice.
Face Cleanser: Using finger tips, massage into skin. To remove: Gently remove by patting a tepid, wet facecloth over face. Don’t rub. Splash with cold water to remove any remaining trace. Pat dry.
Hair Conditioner: Take a generous amount of ‘mayonnaise’ into your hand and rub hands together. Massage into scalp after shampooing, leave on for 20 minutes, rinse out with warm water. Strengthens hair and leaves it shiny.
Hand and Nail Treatment: To keep hands young looking, rub one tsp. of the ‘mayonnaise’ into hands, including the nails and cuticles. Leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse of with tepid water. Pat dry.

Acne Treatment and Pore Minimizer:
• Whisk together until foamy 1 egg white, 2 Tbsp. cornstarch, 2 drops lavender essential oil. Set aside for 5 minutes. In the meantime wash your face as usual. With your fingers apply the egg white mixture to your face. As it dries, it tightens. Leave on for one hour. Remove it by laying a cool, wet washcloth over your face and leaving it on long enough to soften the mask. Gently remove the cloth and pat off any remaining mask – do not rub. Follow by splashing on apple cider vinegar toner (1 tsp. ACV in 1/3 cup water) followed by a moisturizer or by gently massaging in a tsp. of natural yogurt until absorbed.
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Eggs and Cleaning Leather:   

Test in inconspicuous spot first.

• Whisk together a couple of egg whites until blended. Dab a soft sponge or cloth into the whites. Using a circular motion gently rub the whites across the leather product – shoes, purse, luggage, furniture, etc. This will remove dirt. Buff well with a dry cloth to remove any leftover film and leave the leather clean, supple and shining.
• If using inside the car you may want to add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to the whites before using.
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Eggs for plants and birds:

• Save the water from boiling eggs. The calcium and other nutrients left behind in the water does wonders for both indoor and outdoor plants.
• Egg Shells are good for all kinds of things. Let the shells dry out, crush them and save them (a container in the freezer works well) to use when needed for:
o Putting new plants out in the garden, first sprinkle crushed egg shell in the hole.
o Drop crushed egg shells in a pail of water, let sit for a few days, then use both the water and shells to fertilize the garden – (my favourite way to use them).
o Crushed egg shells are great for birds, especially for nesting birds in the spring. The crushed shells help their digestive system and the calcium gives the birds much needed nutrients. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Egg Crafts

Eggs and Crafts:

Have you ever thought of using eggs for crafts? Until I came across the following two websites, I had no idea of the many different creative ways eggs can be used. Wish I had known about these when my kids were small.

This site from the Egg Farmers of Alberta, Fun for Kids – Egg Crafts, includes ideas for:
• Egg Candles
• Decomposable Bowl
• Hanging Easter Eggs/Easter Egg Tree
• Egg Flower Vases
• Egg Carton Ideas
• And many more

The Site ‘Tinkerlab.com’ offers a large variety of creative and exciting Egg Activities for Kids. Some activities listed are:
• Decoupage Eggs
• An experiment with Eggs and Soda
• Make your own Egg Tempera paint
• Easter Egg Suncatchers
• And many more
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Eggs – Some ‘Good to Know’ Information:

• Store eggs in their carton on refrigerator shelves – not in the door. Make sure the ‘best-before’ date is clearly visible.
• To check if eggs are still edible after the ‘best before’ date, place the egg in a bowl filled with cold water. If it sinks to the bottom, it’s good; if it lifts a little from the bottom and floats a bit it’s still fine; if it floats to the top, throw it out.
• Do not wash eggs as this can remove the protective shell coating and allow bacteria to enter the egg. If it makes you feel better wash the eggs right before using.
• To separate egg yolks from white, use a small funnel. The white slides right through while the yolk remains.
• Use a half egg shell to easily remove a piece of shell that fell into the bowl or pan. The shell seems to act as a magnet for the smaller pieces.
• Use cookie cutters to keep eggs for poaching or frying from spreading out. Simply place the cookie cutter (decorative ones are nice) in the pan and break the egg into it.
• Giving raw eggs to dogs is not a good idea as it can lead to biotin deficiency which may cause anemia, dry skin, and other health problems. Dogs may have the occasional cooked egg but cats should never have eggs.
• From personal experience: Some antibiotics work better with yogurt but if the patient doesn’t like yogurt here’s something you can do. Mix some yogurt into the next batch of scrambled eggs – 1 Tbsp. of yogurt for each egg. Makes the scrambled eggs super fluffy. This worked on my husband who really doesn’t like yogurt but loved the scrambled eggs. Sneaky but effective.

And if you need an egg and don’t have one handy, no problem, there’s a solution for that too. Next time you’re caught with no eggs during a winter snow storm, simply go out and get some clean snow – 3 heaping tablespoons can be used to replace one egg. No snow and you really want to make those muffins? Add ¼ cup mayonnaise to the mix, however when you do this make sure to find a recipe that calls for only one egg.

I’ll bet there were one or two little bits of info here you didn’t know before. If you have any other ways of using eggs, please let me know in the comment section below.

Talk to you again soon,

Lenie

24 Comments

  1. It’s also important to know what eggs aren’t so useful for. Four out of five experts agree that eggs are poor substitutes for baseballs. And those experts just might be right – now that I think about it, I’ve never seen anyone use an egg in a baseball game, have you?

    Welcome back, Lenie. 😉

    • Hi Andy, What I would like is for you to introduce me to the fifth expert who may think eggs make good baseballs. It would be good to hear his theory and discuss his practical application. I’ve often wanted to do this with the experts they produce on TV

      Glad to be back Andy – Sunday mornings aren’t the same without your scintillating discussions 🙂

  2. Wow so many new ways for me to use eggs. I will start deifinitely with a beauty treatment: I have heard of its benefits but never tried it before your post

    • Hi Kristina – try a French Mayonnaise facial – it really is a treat, it makes your skin feel (and look) so soft and smooth and it basically costs nothing. Good luck, let me know how you make out. Happy New Year 🙂

  3. Happy new year sis, you’re just a wealth of information. I’m going to try the french mayo facial,need all the help I can get

    • Hi Lea – you must try it, it really works. It doesn’t last forever but you’re good to go for a couple of days. Sure beats botox.
      Happy New Year to you too

  4. Wonderful post.
    I did not know eggs could be use din such a way. I will definitely try some of these. I will let you know how they come out.

    • Hi William – since I know you also live in snow belt country you must try the egg replacement – 3 Tbsp. of snow = 1 egg. This helps you make your muffins even when you’ve run out of eggs plus it gets rid of a wee bit of snow – every bit helps LOL

  5. Welcome back, Lenie! So great to have your tips in my inbox again!

    I love eggs. I could eat them daily in every form possible–except over easy. So it’s nice to read that a favorite food has lots to offer besides ingestion. I’m intrigued by the leather cleaning.

    • Hi Rose Mary – I decided to make 2018 the year of the blogger. I love doing this. As to the egg business, my favourite use of the eggs is the French Mayonnaise Treatment. It really works.
      All the best to you this year my friend.

  6. As always you have found a multitude of ways of using something. In this case eggs for beauty. Have to try some of your suggestions.

    • Hi Catarina, Happy New Year. Who would have thought the humble egg could do all that. Thanks for the comment.

  7. Very interesting information. I will certainly try some of these. I used to put eggs shells in my garden, but my dogs dug them up. I no longer have the dogs. Also not a big garden anymore. But I do have a couple of small beds around the house and must remember to try the eggshells again.

    • Happy New Year Donna. Instead of just using the crushed eggshells try them in water. I find that works the best. That also works good on houseplants.

  8. Who would have known eggs provide acne relief?! You certainly learn something new every day.

    I do not eat eggs. As a child I did not like the taste of the yolk. As an adult I tolerated eggs but was never keen on the taste or the smell. I have not eaten an egg for over ten years at least.

    • Hi Phoenicia, I grew up on a chicken farm and it was my job for years to wash, size and candle the eggs so I know eggs. I can’t imagine not eating them.

  9. Nothing here is as surprising as the idea of using eggs to clean leather. I have a leather couch. Might take a couple dozen..

    • Hi Ken – I think I would start with 2 or 3 eggs – a little goes a long way. Then you can use up the rest of the dozen either to try out some of those great recipes or even try your hand at crafts – how about the eggs and soda experiment, sounds like fun.
      Have a wonderful 2018. 🙂

  10. As usual, a delight, Lenie! 🙂

    • Hi Ramona – so lovely to hear from you. Hope you have a wonderful 2018. 🙂

  11. What a fascinating post, Lenie! I am definitely pinning this for future reference. Nice to see you blogging again. 🙂 All the best to you in 2018.

    • Hi Doreen – I’m delighted to be back. You have no idea how much I missed the blogging but also the friendships made at BHB. I thought this was a fun post – I love learning new things and who would have thought an egg could do all that. All the very best to you and yours in 2018. 🙂

  12. Thank for this post Lenie! Who knew the ways with eggs were so many and varied?! I would just query that I was always taught it was best to keep eggs at room temperature – which they should always be if you are baking with them, and also if you want to boil them they are less likely to crack. What’s your view? I know they will keep longer in the fridge but to be honest eggs don’t last that long in our household anyway, we eat them too quickly!

    • Hi Monika – welcome to my blog.
      I think a lot depends on whether the eggs are store bought or farm fresh. Store bought eggs can be at least three weeks old by the time you buy them and I think in that case it would be smart to keep them in the fridge. I grew up on an chicken/egg farm and we kept the eggs out of the fridge but they were always used up within a week. You are absolutely right though about bringing eggs to room temperature before baking with them or boiling them. So I guess it comes down to what you have been doing – obviously that’s been the right thing to do 🙂
      PS. Happy New Year – Hope 2018 is absolutely your best year ever.

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