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Eggs... do you remove the chalaza?

Started 1378587120.817 in Kitchen & Food Talk | Last reply 1379124637.29 by lizzief

I am curious if anyone else removes the chalaza from their eggs, or if I am just quirky. My mother always taught me to remove them, she was a great cook but an excellent baker. The chalaza is that little white rope-type thing, it's basically like a seatbelt for the egg, keeps the yolk secured in the middle. Typically bakers remove it if they are making flans, or custard or creme brulee because you want the end product totally smooth. I just always remove them, I cannot stand finding a little hard white niblet in my scrambled eggs. Its a delicate process and sometimes I break the yolk removing it (which is fine for scrambled eggs) but I never ever use eggs without taking that off first. Does anyone else do this or am I just a wee bit OCD?

"Do What You Can, With What You Have, Where You Are." ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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FunkyHulaG­irl1378588359.0736967 PostsRegistered 6/25/2011Wherever I go, there I am!

Never even heard of it much less noticed it, but the idea of "seatbelts for eggs" is cute. {#emotions_dlg.laugh}

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe." - Albert Einstein

Krimpette1378588910.1410287 PostsRegistered 9/7/2007MidAtlantic

Love eggs. Never removed it. Guess it never bothered me.

luvpoos1378589162.576133 PostsRegistered 5/3/2006Kingston Ma

I don't even know what that is. Never heard of it. I just throw my eggs in a bowl and scramble or into a frying pan for over easy or fried.

you can't always get what you want, but if you try sometime, well you just might find, that you get what you need...The Rolling Stones

Jules52801378589220.078831 PostsRegistered 6/25/2013Land of Oz
On 9/7/2013 FunkyHulaGirl said:

Never even heard of it much less noticed it, but the idea of "seatbelts for eggs" is cute. {#emotions_dlg.laugh}

LOLOL! That is what it is! Next time you crack an egg, that white thing on the yolk... that is the chalaza. And yes, I removed all of them before making your yummy Butterscotch cupcakes {#emotions_dlg.thumbup}

"Do What You Can, With What You Have, Where You Are." ~ Theodore Roosevelt

pink dogwo­od1378589710.1333213 PostsRegistered 7/11/2007

This doesn't bother me but my sister WILL NOT eat an egg unless she removes it. Don'r know where she got this from b/c our mother never removed the chalaza (which, if you knew our mother you'd think she of all people would be removing this part of the egg!!!). Anyway, when my sis was little she was none the wiser but as a grown up like I said, you'll not serve her eggs unless the chalaza is discarded.

Jules52801378590006.1238831 PostsRegistered 6/25/2013Land of Oz
On 9/7/2013 pink dogwood said:

This doesn't bother me but my sister WILL NOT eat an egg unless she removes it. Don'r know where she got this from b/c our mother never removed the chalaza (which, if you knew our mother you'd think she of all people would be removing this part of the egg!!!). Anyway, when my sis was little she was none the wiser but as a grown up like I said, you'll not serve her eggs unless the chalaza is discarded.

Your sister and I would get along just fine! {#emotions_dlg.thumbup1}

"Do What You Can, With What You Have, Where You Are." ~ Theodore Roosevelt

Perkup1378590192.0836543 PostsRegistered 12/24/2008

My grandmother did all the cooking in our house when I was growing up. She had certain likes and dislikes - among the dislikes were raw onions and those little chalaza thingies on eggs. She went to great pains to convince me that either of these would cause me very bad tummy aches, etc. so she could justify not having them in our food (her choice).

So YES!!! I do remove them from my eggs. If it's for my husband, he wants them left on, but when I am frying an egg for me, it comes off. Same when I am scrambling a few - I clean them all up. I agree, I can't stand the thought of biting into a little crunchy thing when I'm eating an egg.

I even try to get them off when I' have hard boiled eggs. And on a hard boiled egg there is a tiny membrane that surrounds the yoke. I cut the eggs in half, and remove that also. Yep, I'm picky, picky.

Jules52801378590759.3138831 PostsRegistered 6/25/2013Land of Oz
On 9/7/2013 Perkup said:

My grandmother did all the cooking in our house when I was growing up. She had certain likes and dislikes - among the dislikes were raw onions and those little chalaza thingies on eggs. She went to great pains to convince me that either of these would cause me very bad tummy aches, etc. so she could justify not having them in our food (her choice).

So YES!!! I do remove them from my eggs. If it's for my husband, he wants them left on, but when I am frying an egg for me, it comes off. Same when I am scrambling a few - I clean them all up. I agree, I can't stand the thought of biting into a little crunchy thing when I'm eating an egg.

I even try to get them off when I' have hard boiled eggs. And on a hard boiled egg there is a tiny membrane that surrounds the yoke. I cut the eggs in half, and remove that also. Yep, I'm picky, picky.

Okay, I'll eat eggs with you Smile You are pretty hardcore with the boiled eggs, totally know what you are talking about but I rarely bother with that.

"Do What You Can, With What You Have, Where You Are." ~ Theodore Roosevelt

sunshine451378590977.4742532 PostsRegistered 1/13/2007east coast and west coast

i didnt even know that "thing" had a name......no, i dont remove it......no reason to......that poor chalaza never hurt anyone. LOL {#emotions_dlg.sneaky}Wink

"When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?" - Eleanor Roosevelt

Jules52801378591201.6138831 PostsRegistered 6/25/2013Land of Oz
On 9/7/2013 sunshine45 said:

i didnt even know that "thing" had a name......no, i dont remove it......no reason to......that poor chalaza never hurt anyone. LOL {#emotions_dlg.sneaky}Wink

Now you know. {#emotions_dlg.lol} Bet next time you crack an egg you think about it though LOL

"Do What You Can, With What You Have, Where You Are." ~ Theodore Roosevelt

Illinois J­udy1378591263.041737 PostsRegistered 11/7/2007

Oh my goodness, I haven't heard that word since college embryology and that was ages ago. Nope, I don't remove it, never even considered removing it and had no idea some folks do. Who knew?

howwhatwhen1378591371.1633127 PostsRegistered 9/6/2007

Yes. When I was learning to cook (my sister taught me) she called it the "umbilical cord" and removed it so I followed suit and I always remove it. Just the thought of eating the umbilical cord of any animal gives me an uneasy stomach. I've never bit into anything crunchy when I've had eggs prepared by others but then again I rarely have eggs that aren't prepared by me, lol

adoreqvc1378591470.4735469 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

according to beliefs this is an old wives tale, since leaving it on cannot make anyone ill.

removing it has always been for cosmetic reasons, and nothing else.

Bird mama1378591773.62710893 PostsRegistered 3/24/2009Michigan

I never spent time in the kitchen until I had a home economics class in high school. I used to pick the white thing out of scrambled eggs and never knew what it was. The first time I cracked an egg in 9th grade I looked at the teacher and said - what's that and how do I get it out of the bowl?

II remove it one egg at a time and usually wrestle the yolk with a spoon.

~ bird ~

sunshine451378591958.0342532 PostsRegistered 1/13/2007east coast and west coast

LOL and who knew you could buy a kitchen gadget just to remove the chalaza???? i am getting this for you jules.......{#emotions_dlg.laugh}

Tid-ee Egg, a simple Chalaza Removal Tool, that easily remove broken eggshells and Chalaze (opaque ropes) from Eggs

TID-EE-EGG

http://www.meridianhomeproducts.com/products/Tid%252dee-Egg-Chalaze-Kitchen-Gadget.html

by the way now i also learned that it has OTHER names......Chalaza, Hagelschnur, Calaza, Hagelsnoer

"When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?" - Eleanor Roosevelt

Jules52801378592165.568831 PostsRegistered 6/25/2013Land of Oz
On 9/7/2013 adoreqvc said:

according to beliefs this is an old wives tale, since leaving it on cannot make anyone ill.

removing it has always been for cosmetic reasons, and nothing else.

I totally agree with you adore, I don't believe it makes anyone ill, but I just don't care for that hard little glob in my scrambled eggs. It is just something my mother engrained in me with her cooking, and it became a personal preference. As for the cosmetic reasons, it does need to be removed or strained out if you are making a proper custard or flan type recipe, the chalaza hardens up into a blob and nobody wants to find that in their spoon.

"Do What You Can, With What You Have, Where You Are." ~ Theodore Roosevelt

Jules52801378592309.938831 PostsRegistered 6/25/2013Land of Oz
On 9/7/2013 sunshine45 said:

LOL and who knew you could buy a kitchen gadget just to remove the chalaza???? i am getting this for you jules.......{#emotions_dlg.laugh}

Tid-ee Egg, a simple Chalaza Removal Tool, that easily remove broken eggshells and Chalaze (opaque ropes) from Eggs

TID-EE-EGG

http://www.meridianhomeproducts.com/products/Tid%252dee-Egg-Chalaze-Kitchen-Gadget.html

by the way now i also learned that it has OTHER names......Chalaza, Hagelschnur, Calaza, Hagelsnoer

I love you sunshine {#emotions_dlg.wub} wish I had thought of that thing... I just use a fork.

"Do What You Can, With What You Have, Where You Are." ~ Theodore Roosevelt

FunkyHulaG­irl1378592381.4836967 PostsRegistered 6/25/2011Wherever I go, there I am!

I honestly never noticed it...now it's going to bother me next time I use eggs. Thanks a lot, guys! {#emotions_dlg.mad}

{#emotions_dlg.laugh}

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Jules52801378592599.388831 PostsRegistered 6/25/2013Land of Oz
On 9/7/2013 FunkyHulaGirl said:

I honestly never noticed it...now it's going to bother me next time I use eggs. Thanks a lot, guys! {#emotions_dlg.mad}

{#emotions_dlg.laugh}

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I'm sorry FunkyHulaGirl, just go back to the LorAnn website and buy more stuff Smile lalalalalalalalalala

"Do What You Can, With What You Have, Where You Are." ~ Theodore Roosevelt

missy11378593225.26332558 PostsRegistered 3/4/2007
No

summersage1378593817.9172324 PostsRegistered 7/28/2010
Ok, never heard of that before, never noticed it before so I've obviously been eating/serving it all these years.......now I'm totally grossed out :-P. (but I can't help but laugh; Seat Belt for Eggs!) LOL

Summer



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Lucky Duck1378593946.79411 PostsRegistered 8/2/2007

I didn't know there was a name for that icky little thing. I just ordered 3 of the removers! Thanks for telling me about this. I love you guys!

Mombo1378595107.633136 PostsRegistered 6/12/2008Bay Area, Ca.
I never knew it had a name! I always called it a "chicky." My mom always cooked eggs without the 'chicky' so this is how my sister and I serve eggs...I always pick it out.... when I order scrambled eggs while out, I always tell them, "extra well done please..

PBJ1378596769.8376821 PostsRegistered 7/10/2007

ABSOLUTELY. Must be removed.

Poor but Gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!

graycatsru­le1378596994.2575759 PostsRegistered 7/3/2013
On 9/7/2013 PBJ said:

ABSOLUTELY. Must be removed.

I'm okay in the OCD category.

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