How to hard Boil Ostrich Eggs – How to Sous Vide Ostrich Eggs – @Whats4Chow

How to hard Boil Ostrich Eggs - How to Sous Vide Ostrich Eggs - @Whats4Chow
Recipe type: Eggs
Serves: 2
Today we’re going to hard boil an ostrich egg, and at the same time, we’re going to sous vide another ostrich egg in my big digital pot.
  • Ostrich Eggs
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  1. How to Hard Boil Ostrich Eggs – How to Sous Vide Ostrich Eggs - @Whats4Chow
  2. Hi and welcome to episode #641 with
  3. Today we’re going to hard boil an ostrich egg, and at the same
  4. time, we’re going to sous vide another ostrich egg in my big
  5. digital pot. Before I started on this journey, I searched the
  6. internet to see what information was available on both
  7. methods, and only found a little info on boiling the eggs. The
  8. consensus for boiling seems to be 90-120 minutes.
  9. As far as sous vide goes, there is absolutely nothing on the web,
  10. so I did some calculations of my own, based on how I’d sous
  11. vide a thick chunk of meat similar in weight and size to the egg.
  12. The closest I came was a large pork knuckle of 1.8kg and roughly
  13. the same size as the egg. I have done hundreds of those very
  14. successfully, and the timing / temperature combination for
  15. those was 13 hours at 73c --- so that was my starting point.
  16. I also added a cup full of vinegar to each pot in the hope that
  17. the vinegar would weaken the shell a little and make it easier to
  18. peel after the cooking process was complete.
  19. I brought a large pot of water vinegar solution to a boil and
  20. placed the egg in the water, set my timer for 2 hours and
  21. carried on preparing the sous vide pot. You may have noticed
  22. that the egg was floating. This is never a good sign with any egg,
  23. as it means the egg is near or past it’s sell-by date. It was too
  24. late to turn back, so I continued.
  25. Here I raised the temperature to 73c and placed in the egg in
  26. the pot. I put the lid on and set my timer for 13 hours.
  27. After 2 hours, I removed the egg in the boiling pot from the
  28. water and immediately plunged it into a large bowl of iced
  29. water. This halts the cooking process, and also helps loosen the
  30. membrane that sits between the shell and the egg. I let this cool
  31. for 60 minutes, and proceeded to peel the egg.
  32. I did this by chipping a line into the shell using my butcher’s axe,
  33. but you could use anything like this, including the back of a
  34. cleaver or heavy blade knife.
  35. As I suspected, the egg was off…. Rotten, and half of the egg’s
  36. mass had already wasted through the porous shell. At least it
  37. allowed me to practice the peeling part of the exercise.
  38. And, despite this all, the egg appeared to be properly hard
  39. boiled, with a firm white, or in this case brown, and firm yolk.
  40. Another 11 hours later,
  41. I removed the sous vide egg from the cooker and plunged this
  42. into a bowl of iced water. Once again I left this for 60 minutes to
  43. cool. I noticed immediately that the vinegar in the water had
  44. almost totally softened the outler layer of once shiny enamel on
  45. the shell, and this could simply be rubbed off.
  46. I chipped a line into the shell and started to peel it away. This
  47. egg did not float at all, but did have a pronounced air sac at the
  48. bottom end, indicating that it was pretty close to it’s sell-by
  49. date. An interesting point to note is just how thick the
  50. membrane is.
  51. I cut through the egg and found that the sous vide time was just
  52. short. The white of the egg had not set entirely, and there was a
  53. small under-cooked patch in the centre of the yolk.
  54. On the second day, I ran out to our local ostrich farm and
  55. grabbed another 2 eggs, this making sure they had just been
  56. laid.
  57. The first egg was processed exactly the same as the boiled egg,
  58. but the sous vide egg I adjusted the process to counter the
  59. under-cooked result in the first test. I decided to increase the
  60. sous vide temperature instead of increasing the time. I
  61. increased the temperature to 80c for 13 hours, and everything
  62. worked out just fine.
  63. The boiled egg was disappointing in appearance, with the white
  64. having a dull grey color, however the sous vide ostrich egg was
  65. much better, with a more pleasing color and better texture.
  66. It is important to note that if you want a nice clean cut through
  67. the yolk, you will need to use a wire cutter, not a blade.
  68. Here is a little serving suggestion I put together – sliced ostrich
  69. egg served with crispy bacon, sausage, tomato and mustard
  70. mayo sauce.


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