Usually the first thing I get asked about our chickens is how many eggs we get. My answer: one egg per chicken per day. So we get 6 eggs per day.
The most common follow-up question to that is: What do you do with all of those eggs? Some of y’all have even asked me that in the comments.
So what do we do with all of those eggs? Well, we eat them! I’ve always been a big fan of eggs for breakfast, and scrambled eggs with hot sauce is one of my favorites.
We also fix a lot of fried eggs for breakfast. I had never eaten eggs any other way than scrambled until our chickens started laying eggs. Then Barry and my dad introduced me to fried eggs while we were on vacation at the beach. I like to cook them until the yolk is cooked all the way through, and then eat them on a piece of toast.
Since the chickens started laying eggs, we started eating more dishes with eggs in them for dinner as well. One of our favorites is quiche. I usually use 5 or 6 eggs for quiche, and will often make a chicken rice and veggie quiche or a spinach and cheese quiche. Around the holidays we also often make ham and cheese quiche, one of my dad’s specialties, for breakfast.
A lot of the dishes we already commonly eat call for eggs, like cornbread chicken pot pie.
Much to Barry’s delight, I have also started making egg custard pie. It is one of his favorites that his mom makes, and she was nice enough to share the recipe with me. I don’t think mine is as good as hers, but it’s still pretty good! This used to be something we only had on his birthday and on Thanksgiving, but now I’ll make it every other month or so.
I also have made homemade bread a few times, using the popular braided bread recipe. I don’t make that too often, though, because it’s hard to exercise control when the house smells like warm, fresh bread!
Lately, I have been hard boiling eggs and packing one or two in my lunch each day for work. The only thing with that is that hard boiled eggs don’t peel very easily when the eggs are fresh. It would be very difficult to peel them to make deviled eggs, but they don’t have to be pretty to go in my lunch and they taste just fine.
Towards the end of the summer last year, we also traded eggs with our neighbor for produce from his garden. In exchange for eggs he gave us tomatoes, cucumbers, and zucchini. I’m hoping to do the same sort of trades with him this summer! We also took eggs to Barry’s parents, my dad, grandparents, and uncle (who hosted a family get-together) over the holidays. They make for a good “thank you for housing and feeding me” or “thanks for hosting” gift.
With all that being said, I don’t necessarily eat eggs everyday. But we certainly have a surplus of them and they are always readily available anytime I need them for a recipe. There were times in the past where I’d find myself running out to the store because we were out of eggs and I needed one or two to fix dinner. That doesn’t happen anymore. I still occasionally find myself having to run out to the store because we are out of milk, though. Maybe I should look into getting a dairy cow next?
What would you do if you were getting six eggs per day?
Got any good egg recipes for me?