Originally Posted by GAMarans
TabascoJack ... those quail eggs were a BIG hit. Sorry we didn't get them out while you were still there. Do you have a trick for peeling them or did you really hand peel that many eggs? Yummy!
I am sorry I had to leave, but since my wife works weekends, I have child driving duties and the youngest had practice for her recital next weekend.
There is a little trick to quail eggs, but yes, I peeled them all by hand.
Put em in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and boil for 3 minutes. Slowly stirring while they cook helps to center the yolks. Remove them from the heat and let sit for 3 more minutes. Then cool in ice water.
Once cool, put 5 or 6 eggs in a bowl and cover with another bowl and shake/roll the eggs around to fracture the shells. Put the eggs back in the cool water to soak. The water getting inside the shell helps to loosen it.
I use a small paring knife to start peeling at the large end. Once you get ahold of the membrane, you can pull the shell off like an apple peel. Some folks use a small plastic drink stirrer, the kind with a little flat part at the end. If I had a really small, thin spoon I'd use that.
Once you get those hatched from the school, you'll be getting lots of little eggs. My 5 week olds started laying yesterday.