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Updated on August 24, 2013


When I was growing up I never paid attention to a lot of things my mother said. More fool me as she held a wealth of information that she had accumulated over her life time. I suppose she was given most of the tips from her mother or grandmother. In any case some of my mother’s tips do seem a bit dated. Never the less they are quite useful even today.

My interest in what my mother had to say began when I was going through a rather large box of my mom's old photographs. I had been putting off sorting them out ever since she passed away. But it came to a head when my wife said,

"You may as well throw all those old photos of your mother's away, you never look at them. They just sit there day in day out gathering dust."

Well that was my wake up call, so I started to sort through them. All the ones I wanted to keep I scanned into my computer. They look just as good in the computer generated album as they did in the real one. The rest I gave to a family member who was doing the "Family tree".

This now brings me to point of this story. Right at the bottom of the box of photos was a battered old notebook. I recognised the writing on it straight away; it was my mom's writing. In her tidy hand she had written in bold handwriting...

Tips and advice I think you should know.

My mom's advice - I should have listened to her.

So I started to read the notebook, on every page she had crammed it full of hints and advice. There was no real theme to each page. It was as if she had written it down as she was told the gems of information. I took it to show my wife and for once she was impressed by my mom. She couldn't put the notebook down. Eventually she finished reading the notebook, and then she said,

"You know your mom was very cleaver. Every hint, trick, household advice or any other useful information has been recorded in her notebook."

I said to my wife,

"That's a first, to say something nice about my mom."

I thought to myself that if my wife was impressed by the little gems of information in the notebook. Perhaps other people would find them of interest. So here we go my mom's ramblings about the invaluable egg.

The little Darlings

Ten of my Mom's Best Tips on Eggs

1. Never wash eggs; it takes off the protective coating that protects the shell.

I don't know anyone nowadays who would wash an egg but that's mom's tip.

.... Just thought, free range eggs are covered in muck.

2. If any eggs are stuck to the carton, just wet the box. That should release the sticking eggs.

Don't you just hate that when it happens?

3. Checking the freshness of your eggs.

Break one of your eggs onto a plate. The yolk should stand proud, high and rounded. The white of the egg should be jelly-like when you look at it.

4. They should have a nice rough shell and feel heavy for their size.

5. in preparation for using your eggs.

It is best to use eggs at room temperature, so remove them from the fridge about an hour before you want to use them.

6. Cold eggs can curdle when cooked and they do not whip as well.

7. Cool hot mixes before adding your eggs.

8. Cold eggs may crack when being boiled.

9. When you want to whisk your egg whites.

Make sure your bowl and whisk are free from fat deposits. Any fat deposit will stop your whites whisking as well as they should.

10. To get a creamier scrambled egg and a cleaner basin.

You should butter your basin and cook the eggs over a pan of boiling water. With the help of the pre-buttered basin you will not have a messy pan to clean up afterwards.

I hope you have found some of my mom's tips useful. My wife has already asked me to publish more of them so that she can email all of her friends. So I have had my instructions from the boss. No doubt I will be publishing more of them in the future.


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    • Tony the writer profile image

      Tony the writer 6 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Thanks jandee, glad you are an my side. :-)

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      jandee 6 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Hello Tony,

      loved your hub also as someone who loves collects and sometimes deals in old photos I cringed when you said the 'Boss' threatened to throw your old snaps away,so glad it didn't happen,

      best from jandee

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      Tony the writer 6 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Yes I do the the same, but it sort of makes sense not to wash them once you know. :-)

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      Tony the writer 6 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Glad you enjoyed by his hub, thanks for our comment. :-)

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      Tony the writer 6 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Sueswan,Thank's for your comment, glad you liked my hub. :-)

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      Sueswan 6 years ago

      Hi Tony

      Great tips. I look forward to reading more of your mother's tips and more of your hubs.

      Voted up and interesting.

      Take Care

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      Tony the writer 6 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Thanks Sentitaa, glad it was of use to you. :-)

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      Senoritaa 6 years ago

      Very useful tips. I wash my eggs because their shells are often dirty. Never knew I shouldn't.

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      thesingernurse 6 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      These tips are awesome. Your mom is very knowledgeable. I love eggs because they possess a number of health benefits. :D

      I loved reading this one. :D

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      Linda Rawlinson 7 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      This is a lovely hub. I've always been so interested in the things my grandmas have to say. Some of my cousins just think that they're just daft old ladies, with nothing interesting to say, but there's a wealth of knowledge and wisdom there that I just find fascinating. Even when I'm not learning anything that I can put into practice, I'm enjoying wonderful stories of what life was like fifty or sixty years ago. It's all wonderful.

      Thank you :)