Broken Eggs

There’s an old saying that if you are making an omelet, you’ve got to break a few eggs.  Well, I’ll change that to say that if you have eggs on a boat, you’re going to break a few.  And not just into the pan or bowl where you want them.

Nope, they can slip out of your hand at the worst moments and fall to the counter or floor.  Entire egg cartons can be dropped . . . or crushed.  And there you are, with egg(s) to clean up.

Simply stated, a broken egg is a slimy mess that’s almost impossible to pick up.  And if the boat is moving, the mess will slide across the counter or floor, making it even tougher.

If you've got eggs, you're bound to have one break sometime. Here's a great tip -- straight from my Grandma -- to make clean up a breeze!My Grandma Kaye to the rescue.  At just 14 years old, speaking no English and with virtually no money, my grandmother had come to the US by herself to escape the looming WWI and have a better life.  I often thought of her as I made my way in a foreign country and tried to learn new customs and a new language.  Cruising certainly gave me a new respect for her courage in starting a new life in a foreign country.

A quick side note — that photo is Grandpa and Grandma Kwasniowski (my dad’s parents) on their 75th wedding anniversary.  They actually made it to 77 before Grandpa died.  They both lived to their late 90’s.

When I was just a girl, maybe 7 or 8 years old, I was helping Grandma in her kitchen when I dropped an egg on the floor.  And it broke. Oh-oh, I was going to be in trouble.  Mom sure hated cleaning up a broken egg.

But Grandma didn’t say anything, she just took a box of salt out of the cupboard and started shaking it over the egg mess.  I figured this was some sort of Ukrainian folk charm to ward off bad luck from breaking an egg or something.  I asked her what it was for.

“Make egg together,” she said.  Well, that puzzled me.  Obviously, the egg couldn’t be put back together.  But then I saw what she was talking about.

She let the egg and salt sit for a minute or two, then wiped it up with a cloth.  And the egg all stayed together, instead of sliding off the rag and back onto the floor.

Grandma might have been an uneducated peasant girl with very broken English, but she had lots of practical knowledge.  And although she died a few years before we went cruising, I remembered her every time I had to clean up a broken egg.

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  • Joy Canova
    Posted at 09 December 2012 Reply

    Well, this is strange…. As I was reading this article, and began to realize you would be telling us how to clean up a broken egg, I suddenly knew the answer. Now, mind you, I have never used this trick. How did I know it? Did all our grandmothers use this method and it came to me from some long-forgotten piece of advice? Thanks for bringing it into current consciousness.

  • June Ruby
    Posted at 10 December 2012 Reply

    Great Tip and Wonderful Story!

  • Jan Alexander
    Posted at 06 August 2013 Reply

    Great story about your grandma! Thanks for the tip.

  • Charlotte
    Posted at 06 August 2013 Reply

    What a sweet story. Will remember it the first time I break one that needs to get cleaned up!

  • Alex Miller
    Posted at 06 August 2013 Reply

    You are featured in the ASA newsletter I just got in my email!

  • Alex Miller
    Posted at 06 August 2013 Reply

    Sent. 🙂

  • Cindy Balfour
    Posted at 17 April 2014 Reply

    Great to know! As usual you make our boating more manageable.

  • Frances Liz Fernandez
    Posted at 22 October 2015 Reply

    I loved reading about your grandma! Thanks for sharing her wise, practical tip.

  • Claire Ford
    Posted at 23 October 2015 Reply

    Well, that’s just the coolest thing I’ve ever heard. Thanks!

  • Tony Gariepy
    Posted at 23 October 2015 Reply

    Awesome! Thanks C!

  • Mevhibe Tumuklu
    Posted at 23 October 2015 Reply

    wonderful story, wonderful tip..Thanks.

  • Mandy Reid
    Posted at 23 December 2016 Reply

    Cool trick! Also, I love that this turns a bummer egg drop into a sweet memory for you.

  • Diane Ericsson
    Posted at 23 December 2016 Reply

    The trick I use for cleaning up an egg on the floor is… get your dog’s attention, tap your foot next to the egg several times and say “find it!” Works every time resulting in no mess and a happy dog.

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