I opened a San Diego friend’s fridge last week to grab myself a beer, and spotted two peeled, hard boiled eggs in a small Costco branded plastic bag on a shelf.
“What’s this?” I asked, “Pre-hard boiled eggs?”
Yep, that’s exactly what they were he confirmed. I burst out laughing.
“Only in America!”
My friend proceeded to justify their purchase, their very existence, on the basis of convenience for his extremely busy working wife, and that they were just as healthy for you as self boiled eggs.
Now the health benefits or otherwise… well, not being a food scientist and in the absence of finding any data via Google regarding this area, we’ll let this aspect slide for the moment, though if anyone has any verifiable facts on this area please drop me a comment below.
The convenience argument… I can certainly appreciate the point, being able to simply grab an egg from the fridge, no boiling, no peeling, just pop it in your mouth or onto a salad. As a mostly single bachelor I am a big fan of supermarket convenience food, and love the range of fairly healthy options that are available in many modern supermarkets nowadays, especially in the US. I do love cooking, but when you’re cooking for one more often than not… well the enjoyment isn’t quite the same. So a pre-chopped stir fry vegetable pack, and roasted chicken and a pre-washed salad bag, it all makes a lot of sense to me.
But, but, but…
Pre-boiled, peeled hard boiled eggs?
It just seems a step too far to me. That we’re so starved if time that we need to save the 5 minutes – well, maybe 6 if you add in the putting eggs and water in sausepan, bringing to boil – that it takes to boil an egg? And actually, if you do like I do and boil a half dozen or so at a time so I have them handy for a few days, then you’re talking about a minute an egg.
Are we really that rushed, that time poor that we need to save 60 seconds from boiling an egg?
I know, I know, it’s not really that big a deal, and each to their own and all that. However I can’t help but feel it’s just one more nail into the coffin of society’s general decline in health and well being, which for both the US and Australia is getting worse and worse. It seems a big red flag indicating that there’s simply no area in any aspect of our lives that we don’t want to boil down (intended pun) to making it just that little bit “more convenient”. And a little more… and a little more… and…
More convenient for what? So we have more time to sit in front of the TV and do nothing?
Every new advance seems to be about making it “faster” for us, quicker to do things that didn’t really take that long to do in the first place. Oh and of course the other one is “bigger”. The special is always “Get 20% more free”, or “Buy 2 for the price of 1!” And it’s killing us. According to some recent data, literally.
Remember the fat people scene in the movie Wall-E? How far are we from there really…?