4 Things You Didn’t Know About Eggs

Eggs. They’re my favorite food for breakfast as they’re easy to prepare. Packed with vitamins and minerals, they’re also rich in protein. Although most eggs can be eaten, the most commonly consumed ones are of the hen. I also like quail and goose eggs. And of course, balut!

In choosing the best

Eggs come in different sizes: small, medium, large, and extra large. Size doesn’t matter but most recipes require large to extra-large eggs.

When choosing an egg while in a grocery store, make sure that you opt for eggs with at least a week or two before its “best before” date. And you must eat them before their expiry date. I tried eating expired eggs but nothing happened to me. However, according to my microbiologist sister, I must avoid doing it again as I might develop a disease later on. Thankfully, I didn’t.

I want to find organic eggs but they’re difficult to obtain. Plus, they’re also expensive. What we can normally find are caged hens as they’re the cheapest. They’re hens farmed using the cheapest method, i.e. with limited room and high densities. They also don’t have access to direct sunlight.

Many experts recommend getting eggs marked with Lion Quality Stamp. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find one with such label. Why it’s important? This stamp would mean that the eggs were obtained from hens that have been vaccinated against the Salmonella.

How to know that an egg is fresh?

It can be frustrating to crack open an egg and add it to a bowl with some ingredients in your recipe. But only to realize that it’s stale.

To know how fresh an egg is before cracking it open, you can drop it in a glass of water. When it drops to the bottom of the glass and it stays there, then it’s a fresh catch. If it’s slightly older, it hovers in the middle. A stale egg will just float. If it does, throw it away.

Proper way to store eggs

After you’ve purchased a tray of eggs from a grocery store, you need to maintain their freshness by storing them in your fridge. In this way, they can last longer. Whole eggs can still be consumed 3 weeks after laying. That is, if you stored them immediately in the fridge. You can freeze whites and yolks up to 3 months.

However, whites will only last 3 weeks as long as they are placed in a container and covered with clingfilm. Yolks must be consumed within 3 days and they must also be covered with clingfilm.

Recipes about eggs

There are many ways to cook and prepare eggs. The most popular one is scrambled. When preparing scrambled eggs, you need to add a full cream milk and butter. Use large eggs to obtain better results.

I use non-stick pan for best results. It’s also easier for me to clean the pan. Over-stirring is a no-no when making scrambled eggs. Make sure that the eggs have the same texture as soft curds. Don’t overcrowd the pan as they won’t cook well.          

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