Saturday, March 31, 2007


Eggs are sold unrefrigerated here, which freaked me out a little at first. We put them in the fridge once we get home, and they seem fine. In fact, they're quite good -- firm shells, a very orange yolk, and really eggy, like free-range eggs in the States. Maybe they're fresher, or maybe it's just that more chickens here get to scratch around and lead chickeny lives, as opposed to the bizarre world of factory farms.


Mary said...

It's funny about the eggs. When I used to live on a sailboat, I remember reading about how to preserve eggs w/out refridgeration and they actually last a long long time! Especially if they are not put in the fridge in the first place. I think Americans are way too refridgerator happy. So many things can last at room temperature, as long as it is not too hot out.
I recall Irene eating a non-refridgerated hamburger after at least 24 hours when we were on a backcountry ski trip (when it was spring and we were out for 5 nights) - And, we ate sausages that we sent in the mail at least 2 weeks ahead of time on the Muir trail. (I know, I am usually a vegetarian...but, we were backpacking 12 miles a day!) the cheese did not fair so well en route - oh well.
So, I liked those pink thingys that you mentioned in your recent post. They look a tad bit inviting, strangely so.
Do you miss macaroni and cheese?
Love, Mary

kopisusu2 said...

Yeah, I do think Americans are a little fridge-happy. What's worse, I think, is that people sacrifice flavor for price and convenience, which is why supermarkets are full of inedible tomatoes, and why so many eggs in the States have paper-thin shells and hardly any taste.

Kraft mac-n-cheese I don't miss, because you can actually get it easily here. Real cheese, though, is another matter - a little hunk of cheddar costs well over ten dollars. So we miss real cheese, and olives. The hardboiled eggs in coconut curry at Bu Dena's across the street make up for a lot, though.

Robert said...

I know this sounds very unsupported, but I recall reading somewhere, Trish, that US eggs have some sort of additive that makes them susceptible to spoilage if not refrigerated. Thus, no need to put them in the fridge in many other countries. (I'll do a little research to see if I can find out if this is in fact true.)