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Code Blue — Fresh Eggs in Paradise June 14, 2016

Posted by steveandjudy in Code Blue 2016.
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Code Blue Folks, 6-14-16

Enclosed is the version with pictures below.

Well we’ve been fighting colds in Sauvsavu and have things to do like book flights, change oil, visit with friends. So we’re kind of stuck here. I started with a cold last Monday a week ago or so, and starting to feel better. Judy picked up my cold toward the end of the week, doing better but still not as good as I am. One good thing is we haven’t felt like eating as much so Judy’s down four pounds and I’m down 8 pounds.

In Whangarei, NZ, I would go to the Farmers Market and get fresh farmer free range eggs from Robert for $4.50 NZD a dozen after returning an empty egg carton worth 50 cents rebate. The market starts at 6am and goes to 10am. Robert would sell out his eggs by 7:30am normally, 40 to 70 dozen. For a while I didn’t know about his secret stash of 1 day old eggs he would hold back until I asked him about getting fresher eggs. He holds his newer eggs on the truck in case it rains and doesn’t sell out sometimes and for special customers that know to ask for the freshest.

Here we are in Suvasuva, Vanua Levu. No one that I’ve found raises chickens for eggs or meat. They get their eggs from caged hens via farms in Suva area, Viti Levu, about 100 miles via supply ship that comes in twice a week, Tuesday and Friday or sometimes Thursday instead of Friday. You’ll see a few roaming chickens in local villages, but no serious production farm. Nobody refrigerates their eggs so you get heat treated eggs due to 80 to 90o F day temperatures that have been sitting around for a week or two since Suva. Cost is $5.50 FD or about $2.60 USD. Here’s a picture of the freshest egg I’ve been able to get. Note the white is flat and no shape to it, but the yoke is pretty good structure wise.

 

For a while my brother raised up to about 20 chickens on his ranch in eastern Washington north of Spokane outside of a town called Fruitdale. Upon visits we would have day old eggs or even same day eggs for breakfast. The coyotes got smart and reduced the numbers down significantly and eventually too much bother so no chickens. Here’s some pictures and info on how to tell how fresh your eggs are.

A friend of ours sent a recent item he found on the internet of a guy that has solved how to get fresh eggs while sailing. It looks like he’s a single sailor so we don’t have the dedication, time and space but I like the results. Click on the hyperlink.

Monique, the hen who is sailing around the world – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36475672

Yesterday we filled our tanks on an incoming tide with a lot of sun so pumped 85 gallons. Today I’ll work on changing engine oil and filters. Looks like a lot of sun.

Other boats

Roundabout II – Next door to us on another mooring. Working on watermaker problem again. This is getting to be serious.

Scintilla – Are out in the islands (Vanua Balavu area) visiting villages and that is interesting. So far just dropping off supplies.

Sequoia – Leaving Marsden Cove, NZ today is the plan for Savusavu, Fiji.

Chara – Out in the islands near Vuda Point Marina, maybe Musketcove.

How to tell if an egg is really fresh.

Steve and Judy
s/v Code Blue
Savusavu, Fiji

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1. Marie & Greg - June 14, 2016

Hey Guys: Great story about Monique. Get well….common colds can be such an energy drain. Marie

2. Scott Cates - June 21, 2016

Cute website about the sailing chicken. And an interesting way to check eggs for freshness. I thought they kept much longer without refrigeration. Ever hear about using Sodium Silicate (Water Glass) to treat eggs for long-term storage? I’ve been wondering if cruisers are doing this.

Get well soon. I think that cold is going around here too.


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