It sounds like a silly thing to address, but without a little bit of experience and the right tool, opening up a raw quail egg can be a bit frustrating. You see, the membrane just inside the shell is a bit thick and doesn't crack when you brack the egg open. Before we got these nifty quail egg scissors, I just used my finger nails or kitchen sheers, so don't forget that that's definitely an option. We sell the quail egg scissors as well or you can find them on amazon or some hatcheries will carry them. Here are a few pictures so that you know what to look for and how to use them. Easy Peasy!
I admit, I was a bit intimidated at first at the thought of having to peel all the shells off of those little quail eggs. I haven't always had the best of luck turning out pretty hard-boiled chicken eggs. I may not have braved it if I wasn't visiting my brother and sister-in-laws home where they were using 70 quail eggs to make deviled eggs. Can you imagine the cuteness!? Believe, me, they are so fun and are such a hit for any party, barbecue or baby shower. I'll post a recipe for that later. Or you can pickle them. It's William's favorite. I think we've got 4 different jars of varying flavors and colors of pickled eggs in the fridge as we speak. Or eat them as-is with a little salt. My boys love their small size and they are great for lunches. But wait, back to getting the eggs boiled.
Right, so they weren't hard at all to peel. In fact, I would say they were actually EASIER to peel than chicken eggs. Really. That little membrane between the shell and white of a quail egg is thicker and stronger than a chicken's egg and it seems to help hold the shell together a bit more so that it actually comes off in nice big pieces. Here's our favorite method.
Place quail eggs in a pot and cover with water, then add 2-3 Tbsp white vinegar (it helps to soften up the shells). Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once it's really rolling, turn off the heat, put on a lid and let it sit for 8 minutes. Drain off the hot water and put the eggs into cold ice-water (our tap water comes out very cold, so I actually usually just run cold water over them in the same pot). Peel the eggs, rinse them off and you're done! Bite-size, hard-boiled, quail eggs.
When we first show people our quail eggs, they first comment on how small they are and then ask how we use them. Well, just like a chicken egg, basically! Quail eggs do have a thicker membrane just under the shell that don't split very easily, so when cracking them open they actually have special "scissors" ( can be bought a number of places, including amazon.com ). They are pretty slick when working with quail eggs, but you can also simply crack the shell, then use kitchen shears to clip them open in a pinch. With an abundance of quail eggs, we've been enjoying them for breakfast! They make cute little fried eggs and the other morning, my husband whipped up a bunch of these cute miniature "Eggs in a Hole".
You first melt butter in a frying pan. While it's heating over medium heat, cut small, quarter-size circles out of small slices of bread (we also quartered the slices of bread). Place the bread on the pan and break a quail egg into each center. Add salt and pepper and after about a minute, flip over and cook on the other side for another 30-90 seconds or until it's done to your preference. Serve and enjoy!
Most of us are most familiar with chicken eggs. Eating other bird's eggs may sound strange or at least uncommon, but here's the thing- there are multiple health benefits and it's fun to change things up a bit sometimes! The two things I've noticed the most about duck eggs is first, obviously their size. They are larger than your usual large or even extra large chicken eggs. We even tried to use old extra-large egg cartons and the lids won't close. The second thing, the yolks are huge! The yolk to white ratio is larger and I think that's one of the reasons you may have heard that duck eggs are often preferred for baking cakes and the like. Here is a post on the difference between duck eggs and chicken eggs from The Free Range Life, if you'd like to know more!