You have probably heard of Turducken where you stuff a turkey with a duck and then the duck with a chicken. Have you heard of an Ostriturkducken? That is the request my daughter asked me to do for this year’s Thanksgiving dinner. My response: No way! An ostrich is about 300 pounds. I don’t have a pan big enough! Actually I don’t have a stove big enough! Fortunately, a compromise was reached before I had to get out the shovel to dig a cooking pit. She settled with an ostrich egg for now.
Apparently an ostrich egg can be purchased online (what can’t you buy online these days?) and have it shipped to your door. It was packed in disposable diapers which is a clever idea. If the egg cracked in shipping, the diapers would absorb any mess.
So now we have an egg; a very large egg. Bigger than a softball but smaller than a football. A big white egg that felt like porcelain. We all took turns holding and touching it. We were mesmerized.
Then it dawned on us: how do we open it??? We’ve used a hammer on a coconut. Nutcrackers on lobster claws. My son-in-law produced a hammer and large spike from his toolbox. Driving the spike through the egg at opposite ends exposed the yolk and egg white inside.
My older daughter recommended that we blow the liquid inside out of the shell. Do you know how long it takes to do that from an ostrich egg? Enough to wear out two adults and a child. Its more tiring than blowing up 50 balloons.
We collected the yolk and egg white into a bowl and whipped them up to make scrambled eggs. Or is that scrambled egg? It was good and tasted very much like a chicken egg. You might be wondering how many people one ostrich egg feeds? That would be about six normal people or four really hungry ones. The only disappointing thing was the person who wanted the ostrich egg the most didn’t want anything to do with eating the scrambled egg. She said it was because she didn’t like the runny liquid coming out of the shell when we blew into it.
Now we just have to decide what to do with the shell. Does anyone have a dremel tool I can borrow?
Photos Courtesy of Sarah Vigue & Rebecca Dow. Thank you, ladies!