An EGGaggeration??  

ButteryDelight 58F
1961 posts
7/31/2006 8:20 am

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An EGGaggeration??

It’s going to be another scorching day here in Texas. Temperatures are supposed to be over 100 and the heat index is supposed to be over 100 as well. As I was sitting at my breakfast table eating my breakfast of one fried egg and a bowl of strawberries, I got to thinking about the heat, the egg and an old Urban Legend we had tried to prove when I had my Girl Scout troop going. The urban legend is can you fry an egg on the sidewalk?

The girls in my troop were about eight years old and were spending the night in a tent in my back yard. To prepare the girls for camping Girl Scout leaders started them off camping in a familiar place such as a back yard. Then they camp at a city lake or on private land and lastly the girls camp in a state park or KOA campground. Of course when the girls were in junior high they could do wilderness camping if they had an interest in that.

It was in late July and temperatures had been over a hundred for quite a while. The troop was working on completing the cooking patch. So, I had planned some different ways for the girls to cook. We were going to use a stick to cook a biscuit with; a #10 tin can to cook a hamburger with, and lastly we were going to try to fry an egg on the sidewalk. Before they spent the night in my back yard we talked about what we were going to do that weekend. All the girls were excited to be doing the different cooking methods and I was looking forward to seeing their reactions.

It had a little difficulty waking the girls up when I went over to their tent. They had stayed up most of the night giggling and playing with their flashlights. I heard them from my tent across the yard. I finally roused them up and sent them into my house to shower and get dressed for the day. When they came back out I had them watch as I started a wood fire in the fire pit in the back yard. Then each girl made their own fire using a small hand full of twigs. By the time that was finished the fire we had started in the fire pit had burned down enough to make a nice bed of coal for the biscuit cooking.

After our hands were washed, I gave each girl a refrigerator biscuit and showed her how to stretch the dough out and wrap it around the stick. The girls held their sticks over the fire and turned the stick to toast both sides. We had squeeze butter and jelly along with boxes of cereal to complete our breakfast.

The day passed quickly as we did other fun things together. When it was noon we got out the #10 cans, these are called Buddy Burners or Hobo Cookers. We cooked hamburgers and ate them with chips. The girls were fascinated that you could actually turn the tin can upside down over a can of sterno and cook a hamburger on the top of it. I cooked one too and all had a good time with it.

We cleaned up after our lunch and went inside to watch a movie until it got hotter. At around 2:00 p.m., we went out to the front sidewalk with two eggs, a piece of foil and a thermometer. We placed a regular oven thermometer on the ground with the unit in the grass and the probe on the sidewalk. The temperature read 103 degrees. We cracked two eggs, one on the bare concrete of the sidewalk and the other on the piece of foil. We had used heavy-duty foil and had bent the edges up to form a ridge.

We turned and went inside where we did other things till it was supper time. Going back out side at 6:00 we checked on our eggs. The thermometer read 112 degrees but the eggs were not really fried. The one on the sidewalk was semi-firm, the yolk not quite running but not quite firm and the same thing for the white part of the egg. The one on the foil actually was almost completely cooked but still did not have that “fried crispy edge look” that eggs get when you fry them in a frying pan. The girls were a little disappointed that the experiment failed so when one suggested we use a magnifying glass to fry the egg I agreed that they could try.

The girls ran back inside to get another egg and a magnifying glass out of my desk drawer. The magnifying glass was one of those hand held types that people use to enlarge print. Yes, it cooked the egg but not the way the girls wanted it to. It mainly singed the edges and they gave up after a while. We cleaned up the egg mess and went back inside.

Later on the girls called the local Farm Bureau extension agency here and found out that eggs have to reach an internal temperature of 150 degrees in order to be fried! The farm bureau said that claims of frying eggs on a hot sidewalk or city street are an EGGaggeration. Oh well, we still had a fun time and learned something in the process. I still keep in touch with several of my girls from the Girl Scout troop and they still talk about trying to fry an egg on the sidewalk. Apparently in was a memorable experience for them.

While we are talking about eggs, how do you like yours? Fried? Poached? Hard-boiled? Over easy? Or perhaps scrambled? Maybe you don't like eggs or don;t eat them?



wickedeasy 66F  
25463 posts
7/31/2006 1:02 pm

over easy

of course

You cannot conceive the many without the one.


MamChelle 48F  
1443 posts
7/31/2006 10:13 pm

like me,..... over easy and firm on the edges of the white. *giggles* What did ya think i'd say scrambled or perhaps poached...maybe baked in a bread center....i do like my eggys...even sandwiched. *wicked bad girl grin*


ButteryDelight 58F

8/1/2006 11:55 am

*grins*..now how did I know that?


ButteryDelight 58F

8/1/2006 11:57 am

    Quoting spunky11961:
    Havin' grown up on a farm with lots of chickens,I'll have my eggs just about any way~ ya got a good heart, it shows in ya post here!
    I've enjoyed the read here Thanx~
    ~spunky
Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment spunky. I hope you will return.

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ButteryDelight 58F

8/1/2006 11:58 am

Of course Mizhuny. And how about some toast to dip in the yolks?

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ButteryDelight 58F

8/1/2006 12:01 pm

    Quoting MamChelle:
    like me,..... over easy and firm on the edges of the white. *giggles* What did ya think i'd say scrambled or perhaps poached...maybe baked in a bread center....i do like my eggys...even sandwiched. *wicked bad girl grin*
LOL! Chelle, actually I did think you'd say scrambled.


DizzyKittie81 35F

8/1/2006 7:15 pm

I like them scramble with cheese and hot sauce, salt and pepper.... ok i know i'm strange


ButteryDelight 58F

8/1/2006 11:38 pm

    Quoting DizzyKittie81:
    I like them scramble with cheese and hot sauce, salt and pepper.... ok i know i'm strange
Hi Dizzy..welcome to my blog. I hope you will come back again.

And that is the same way my son likes his eggs.

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