I am the proud owner of an egg skelter. Hens who lay more eggs than you can use each day or two are a good thing, but you need to use the oldest eggs first. They keep on the countertop for a good while, but the first-in-first-out inventory method is definitely the way to go.
I try to remember to pencil dates on the eggs as they arrive, but sometimes I forget. Even if you remember, it seems that the oldest eggs will find the bottom of the bowl and stay there forever, covered up by new eggs.
Thank goodness some clever person in England invented the egg skelter. You put the new eggs at the highest vacant spot on the spiral and pluck the oldest eggs from the bottom of the slide. You can’t really roll them from the top and let them crash into each other unless you want scrambled eggs on the counter, but it’s still fun. Great name and you get to show off your home-grown eggs!
I saw a picture of an egg skelter in a magazine recently and knew it would solve my inventory issues. Web and Ebay searches only turned up egg skelters on UK sites so I sprang for the extra shipping. It’s very British that the egg skelter comes in colors that match Agas, the venerable stove that warms many a cozy English country kitchen. I guess people who have Agas have hens. My skelter is wedgewood blue and I wouldn’t mind having a matching Aga next to it!
I am a word fanatic, so I had to know why the holder is called a skelter. It makes me think of helter skelter meaning a mess or chaos, but it also reminds me of the Beatle song on the White Album.
In case you don’t know, the helter skelter in the song is a ride that appeared in British amusement parks around 1906. It’s a medieval castle tower with a spiral slide around the outside. The egg holder does follow the same design.
Take a look at those Beatle lyrics if didn’t know about the ride. You’ll find they have new meaning! There’s a link below.
History lesson over, the Aga wedgewood blue egg skelter sits on my kitchen counter now and prevents egg chaos beautifully!
P.S. I just did another search and see that Manna Pro (a farm supply site) now sells an egg skelter in the U.S. Please note that it only comes in cream, silver and red. If you’re trying to match your Aga, you will have to go international.