Friday, August 13, 2010

Cooking In The Car - Part Two

Since the cookie experiment was such a big hit (10 comments so far – almost as many as Jim Brickman – almost!) I decided to conduct another experiment with cooking in my car. I forgot to watch the news last night to find out what yesterday’s temperature was; but I did some searching on the internet this morning and from what I can tell, Huntsville reached 103 yesterday. This seems strange to me because I swear I thought it felt slightly cooler yesterday. Maybe I’ve adjusted to the high temps – but my utility bill sure isn’t! Whew!

Anyway, back to the story at hand. This time I decided to experiment with an egg. I thought about cracking it open and mixing it up with some cheese to see if I could cook and omelet; but instead decided on placing the egg in a glass of water to see if it would end up hard boiled. So, before I left work, I grabbed a small glass from the cabinet, filled it up with water and dropped an egg inside.

Transporting this glass to work wasn’t very easy. I had a few small spills, but luckily I had brought a towel along to dry them up. Once I got to work, I placed the glass on the dashboard of the car and headed inside. It was once again about 7:25 when I put the glass on the dashboard.

I went about my business and silently laughed to myself every time I thought of my egg out there in the hot sun. Was it cooking? I couldn’t wait to find out.

I left work around 4:35 and when I got to the car, the water in the glass was extremely hot – a lot hotter than I thought it would be, actually. I put the egg in the cup holder for the ride home where I changed clothes for the gym and let The Tide out for a potty break.

I went to the gym for an hour and then went to pick my brother up from work; all the while leaving the egg in the car. I wanted to make sure it had plenty of time to cook. By the time I had arrived at my brother’s place of work, the water had cooled off considerably. We actually had some cloudiness in the afternoon and some small rain showers, which obviously cooled things off or at least limited the direct heat of the sun, which probably contributed to the cooling of the water.

When my brother got in the car (around 7:05 p.m.) he informed me he was coming to my house (long story) instead of going home. I told him that was fine, but he had to help me with my experiment.

We arrived at my house and finally were able to start the egg cracking process around 7:20 or so. By this time the egg had been in the glass of water for about 12 hours.

He cracked it open…

Started peeling back the shell…

Clearly my brother loves rubberbands and colored bracelets -
he's Living Strong times two, man!


The egg was not cooked. I’m sad to inform you that this cooking in the car experiment was not quite as successful as the cookies. The white of the egg had actually cooked a little bit, but the yellow, was obviously still quite runny. It was more like a poached egg than anything else.

Not hard boiled - just poached

A happy assistant

Egg hands

Oh well, so much for that. My brother had a grand time being my assistant. He told me to include him on any future experiments and suggested I do brownies next time. The weather is cooling off (high 80s/low 90s) over the next few days, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the 100s will be back soon, and there just may be a pan of brownies waiting for them when they arrive.

The failure of this experiment left my brother sad


Erika said...

Sorry this one didn't turn out as well as the cookies :( Your brother does look like he had a big time helping!
I think you should try baking a potato next.

Jackie said...

You could also try Cinnamon Rolls. Your car would smell delish!!

Janice said...

I told Troy and Ashlyn about the cookie experience and they told the kids at school. Which surprised me that they would even remember. So they thought it was the neatest thing ever. Of course the fact that they love chocolate chip cookies might have something to do with it. I meant to e=mail you about it because Troy told me about telling the kids at school.
The egg was a good try and I think the fact that the white set a little is good. Justin did a great job as your assistant.
Keep us updated-your public is waiting for your other experiments.
Love you

Alison said...

Cool! That does look like a lightly poached egg. I second the baked potato idea. :)

Anonymous said...

So sad :( But my sadness about the egg not cooking was quickly replaced by laughter as soon as I watched the video in your previous post. What in the world!?!?! Soooooooo funny! Jessica J