7 April 2017, after the egg blowing...
This is the season when we do interesting things with eggs. By interesting, I mean things other than eating them.
Some of those things require that we empty the egg of it's potential baby bird contents with as little damage to the shell as possible. This process is usually referred to as egg blowing.
The first time I did this, I had some goose eggs, an ice pick, and no experience or advice on how to minimize the effort while maximizing the results. Thought I was going to pop an aneurysm.
Later I added a drill, made bigger holes, and basically rinsed the egg contents out. Unfortunately, this meant that the contents were no longer fit for consumption.
This year, enter the 60ml catheter syringe available from Amazon. WOW!!! Tap a hole in the narrow end of the egg big enough to get the syringe tip into. (Use a small phillips screwdriver or an ice pick or an awl or... you get the idea.) Draw air into the syringe. Insert the syringe into the hole. Slowly, force the air into the egg. This should force contents of egg to come out in a slimy fashion that is sure to delight young boys. It may take a few minutes and several rounds of syringe application, but you can get the egg contents out in a usable form, as long as you don't want over easy. And, this is faster and less messy than things I've tried in the past.
You can use the syringe to suck out some of the egg contents but blowing seems to work best.
So, now I have 12 empty goose egg shells. Next, decorating!!! I can hardly wait....
Deborah K Smith, PhD
As a self-proclaimed mixed media artist and creative professional, I am in my 3rd career, having spent 15 years as a software developer and another 15 as a university professor. My first love and my most demanding one has always been creating whether it be a drawing, a bit of crocheted lace, a cloth doll, a piece of software, a PhD dissertation, or a piece of digital art. I simply LOVE to make things and I see make and make-over opportunities everywhere. My only regret is that there is no possible way that I can live long enough to make all of the things I see in my mind.