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226 EGGS AND OMELETS.

another manner is to dissolve a cheap article of gum arabic, about as thin as muscilage, and brush over each egg with it ; then pack in pow- dered charcoal ; set in a cool, dark place.

Eggs can be kept for some time by smearing the shells with butter or lard ; then packed in plenty of bran or sawdust, the eggs not allowed to touch one another ; or coat the eggs with melted paraffine.

BOILED EGGS.

EGGS for boiling cannot be too fresh, or boiled too soon after they are laid ; but rather a longer time should be allowed for boiling a new- laid egg than for one that is three or four days old. Have ready a saucepan of boiling water; put the eggs into it gently with a spoon, letting the spoon touch the bottom of the saucepan before it is with- drawn, that the egg may not fall and consequently crack. For those who like eggs lightly boiled, three minutes will be found sufficient ; three and three-quarters to four minutes will be ample time to set the white nicely ; and if liked hard, six or seven minutes will not be found too long. Should the eggs be unusually large, as those of black Spanish fowls sometimes are, allow an extra half minute for them. Eggs for salad should be boiled for ten or fifteen minutes, and should be placed in a basin of cold water for a few minutes to shrink the meat from the shell; they should then be rolled on the table with the hand and the shell will peel off easily.

SOFT BOILED EGGS.

WHEN properly cooked eggs are done evenly through, like any other food. This result may be obtained by putting the eggs into a dish with a cover, or a tin pail, and then pouring upon them boiling water two quarts or more to a dozen of eggs and cover and set them away where they will keep hot and not boil for ten to twelve minutes. The heat of the water cooks the eggs slowly, evenly and sufficiently, leaving the centre or yolk harder than the white, and the egg tastes as much richer and nicer as a fresh egg is nicer th&n a stale egg.

SCALLOPED EGGS.

HARD-BOIL twelve eggs ; slice them thin in rings ; in the bottom of a iauge well-buttered baking-dish place a layer of grated bread crumbs, then- one of eggs ; cover with bits of butter and sprinkle with pepper

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