It’s been a while since we’ve had a good, old-fashioned debate here on the blog. I think the best one ever was Milk on the Rocks. For the record, I will never be swayed from my belief that ice in milk is awesome.
Today’s topic of debate? Broken egg shells in the egg carton.
I firmly stand by the adage that you should never put broken egg shells back in the carton with unused eggs. I always thought this was a truth based on scientific fact. I mean, we’re supposed to be super careful about washing our hands after handling raw eggs. So, it would stand to reason that putting broken, open shells in with the unused eggs ups the chances of spreading food-borne bacteria, right? Well, when I sat down to write this post, I tried to find an expert to back me up. A quick Internet search yielded a bunch of useless discussion boards. The Egg Safety Center doesn’t even mention it in their list of dos and don’ts. Hmmmm….I still think I’m right. Putting broken shells back in the carton just doesn’t seem clean or safe. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Hence, the debate. What do you think you should do with broken shells? Back in the carton? Into the trash? Perfect for composting? Bad for composting? Throw them in the disposal? Look at all the debates we’ve opened up! It’s awesome!
For the record, I put my egg shells in the trash. And, when we get our compost game on, I’ll probably put them there instead. (I know some people who compost think the shells take too long to break down, I’ll have to research it more.)
I will say this, in addition to not putting broken egg shells back in the carton, I also never put them down the disposal. This really, truly is a no-no that any maintenance person or plumber will back me up on. The egg shells probably won’t hurt the disposal itself, but you are definitely asking for your sink to back up at some point if you throw egg shells in there. Other items that shouldn’t go down the kitchen drain:
- Peelings (not great for the disposal, can also back up the drain)
- Grease (it gets cold and hard, causing build up in the drain, similar to a clogged heart artery)
- Bones (duh. totally not good for the disposal)
- Rice and pasta (I didn’t know that one, learned about it on about.com. Rice and pasta are too small for the disposal to break down and they expand when wet, which can back up the drain. Fascinating stuff, eh?)
And, since I always love sharing my kitchen neuroses with you, when I take eggs out of the carton, I always make sure the carton is balanced evenly. I’m pretty sure I picked this up from my mom. It’s totally OCD, but I will tell you it is nice to take the carton out of the fridge and never have to worry about the weight being distributed unevenly. Okay, now that I’ve put that down on paper I know it sounds crazy. But I’m still going to balance out my eggs!