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The Rant: A Monday Morning View - Eggs

Updated on February 10, 2013

The rant for this Monday morning will be short. I mean, how much can you say about a boiled egg? So here I go.

Take a good look at the photo above. Do you see what I see?


I can't believe that we can now buy pre-boiled eggs from the dairy case in the grocery store. It's bad enough to think that we have reached the point where we don't have five minutes to boil an egg. Are we serious? We don't have five minutes?

Now, look at the price. Three dollars and thirteen cents (without an MVP card discount) for twelve pre-boiled eggs ! I laughed out loud in the store when I saw it and I'm still astounded.

By now you know me so you know I don't let go of things very easily. Of course I picked up the dozen fresh eggs that I went there to buy and I paid $1.99 for them. Okay, so the grocery chain thinks that five minutes of my time is worth $1.14, the difference in fresh eggs and pre-boiled eggs. According to my math, the grocery store chain is telling me that I could make $13.68 an hour to boil eggs. That's pretty good considering the stove does all the work. I've been looking for work since April so now I'm starting to reconsider where I should be sending my resume.

Now maybe I'm just far too jaded. I'm willing to entertain that idea. Could someone please tell me why you would spend your hard earned gas money and time to drive to a store to buy twelve pre-boiled eggs for $3.13? I would really love to know because I've tried and my imagination just isn't that great. I can't think of any reason why I would be in such a hurry that I wouldn't have time to boil a few eggs. If I'm that busy, I need to hire some domestic help, but hey, I'd expect them to boil my eggs too, not buy them in the dairy case.

I wanted to research the cost of eggs so a quick Google search said I could find it at the bls.gov website. I clicked on the link and here's another strange one - the Bureau of Labor Statistics seems to be my authority on the price of food. I'm serious. Click on the link and see for yourself. The data there tells me the average cost of a dozen Grade A eggs is $1.711 which is up 14.3% from July of 2012. That's all interesting but I'm not sure how much the Bureau of Labor knows about the cost of eggs. I've already told you a dozen fresh raw eggs cost me $1.99.

Well, I guess I've shared enough for today. You're probably thinking I've gone completely mad for even wasting time on this silly stuff. You might be right but if it's madness to think we're being ripped off and stripped of the skills we need to feed ourselves in the name of convenience, then I'm surely headed for the looney bin. But before I go, I'm going to boil me some eggs.

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    lol Jlava73! Those skills may come in handy one day so good for you!

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    Jennifer Vasconcelos 5 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

    Very Amusing Rant you crafted. I still buy whole fruits and eggs in the shell just so I can keep my skills sharp ;).

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    RTalloni - I agree about the food poisoning. My stomach turns everytime I see them. Thanks for stopping by and reading!

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    RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

    When I see those pre-boiled eggs in stores my mind sees them spelled f-o-o-d p-o-i-s-o-n-i-n-g. Too many people already do not wash, much less rinse, fruits and veggies before cutting and eating them. Imagine how those eggs are handled!

    I also think about the poor group of people from some office/school/church/knitting group who are being served a tray of spiced eggs or egg salad made from them--ick.

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    lol La THing...I think you've got a good idea. I'll take a few pre-yesterdays. Thanks for visiting. You gave me a good chuckle this afternoon. I appreciate the vote up too.

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    LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

    I agree with you, pre-boil, pre-cut, pre this and pre that! what is the world coming to..... And we still don't have enough time in a day! Can we add Pre-Yesterday, and. Pre-tomorrow to our weekly calendar :))

    Loved the rant! Voting up and awesome.....

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi rcrumple! It's not really a stretch of the imagination to think these corporate giants would sell pre-boiled eggs for the homeless who don't have a stove. How sad is that? I can find nothing appealing about an egg that's already boiled sitting in a cellophane container long enough to ship all over the country and then sit on the shelf for ....however long. It's just gross, in my opinion for one primary reason. I've alwasys heard you shouldn't keep boiled eggs longer than 3 days in the refrigerator. So, the real question should probably be...what on earth did they preserve those eggs with? Now that might just turn out to be another rant one day.

    Thanks for dropping in. I actually enjoyed your far fetched idea. :-)

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    Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

    Perhaps it's a ploy to take advantage of homeless individuals that don't have a stove in the streets to boil water? Big business is always doing their best to take advantage of the little guy, so perhaps this is just another way to accomplish that! Okay, far fetched, I know. Let's just say this is a test of the grocery store to prove people that have more money than they need will waste it unnecessarily. Or even, could they simply be assisting the people that are not coordinated enough to remove the shells? How thought provoking! lol Great rant! Loved it!

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Good evening Bill! I was sure you would have an answer. Come on, can't youi offer some wisdom? lol I guess I'll have to give the prize to Georgie. At least she admitted she can't peel an egg. lol I am absolutely certain though that I could not eat one of those eggs in a package. Yuck!

    Hope you've had a marvelous day. I'm running behind on everything.

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Leroyworld. Thanks for visiting and sharing an insightful comment. It is frightening, isn't it? lol

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    Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I have no answers my friend! The world just keeps getting stranger. I can tell you this: I did a google search hub a few months ago and one of the searches was how to boil an egg. I mean thousands of people had googled that.....how can there be people who do not know how to boil an egg?

    To me that is frightening, so I completely understand why you wrote this hub.

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    Leroyworld 5 years ago from Texas, No place else

    Great hub! It confirms my belief that people are forgetting how to cook for themselves.

    Sometimes I think that the national grocery chains would sell pre-boiled water if they could figure out how to deliver it and keep it hot. Wait, the military already does something similar with MRE's. Just add water and the food cooks itself. Watch for boiled water kits on the grocery store shelves, coming soon.

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Specialk3749! Thanks a bunch! I'll let you know what I find. How many chickens do you have?

    Seriously, thanks for reading and sharing my rant

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    Karen Metz 5 years ago from Michigan

    Loved your rant!! When you figure out where to put in a resume, let me know and I will bring the eggs (fresh ones from my own chickens!). LOL

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    I've had technical issues all day. Thanks for reminding me. It's done now.

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    Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

    And I'll try yours for peeling. BTW, those to whom you are responding, me included, are not showing up. Are you clicking the 'approve' button?

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    lol Shauna, I couldn't put one in my mouth for all the money in the world. The thought of it turns me green. Like you, I typically buy free range brown eggs from a local co-op too. There is nothing like them. They actually look like real eggs with real yellow yolk and the taste is simply amazing. This was an emergency purchase for a recipe and I didn't want to use my last good eggs.

    I've heard about the trick you mentioned but have never used it. I'll give it a try. Thanks for the tip!

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    Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

    Linda, I pay a little more for eggs because I buy organic, range free brown eggs. I pay $3.39 for a dozen eggs. I also buy organic milk, but that's another story. A tip my mom taught me on boiling eggs is this: put enough water in the pot to just cover the eggs. Bring to a rapid boil then cover, turn off the heat, remove the pot to a cool burner and let sit for 20 minutes. This eliminates the gray 'ick' the boiled yolk sometimes gets and saves on electricity!

    BTW, have you ever tasted a store bought boiled egg? Ewwww! The texture is like Silly Putty! (Yes, I think all children who grew up with Silly Putty bit into it at least once!)

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Georgie. I've got a trick for you so you can peel your own eggs. :-)

    Once they're boiled, tap them on the counter until they are cracked good. Then, put them in a pan of cool water and let them sit for about 5 minutes. Those shells will slide right off. I hardly ever mess an egg up anymore since someone shared that trick with me.

    I agree with the chopped veggies too. Maybe it's just my age. lol

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    Georgianna Lowery 5 years ago from Lubbock, TX

    I'm going to play devil's advocate for a minute. See, I really have a strong dislike for eggs, doesn't matter how you cook them, I usually won't eat them. I do, however, sometimes make hard boiled eggs for either deviled eggs or pickled eggs and beets, when someone is around that likes them. Seriously, though, when I peel a hard boiled egg, it looks like a two year old attacked it with a blunt machete and then picked their nose with it. They probably still taste the same (I wouldn't know) but I sure do not want to put my ugly eggs on a plate and serve them to somebody. So that $1.14 is definitely worth the price of my ugly egg shame.

    At least I know who to call when I need eggs peeled, though. ;)

    I definitely see your point. I shake my head when I see pre-cut onions or celery in the produce aisle. Get a Slap-Chop, for the love of peanut butter! ;)