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Are eggs good for you?

Eggs are a nutritional powerhouse. They’re packed with 11 different vitamins and minerals, high quality protein, healthy fats (including omega-3) and important antioxidants. Plus, eggs are convenient, good value for money and best of all, they taste great. All of those amazing things make eggs an eggcellent part of a well-balanced, healthy diet.

What is the best way to store eggs?

The easiest way to keep your eggs fresh is to store them in their original carton place it in the refrigerator as soon as possible after you buy them. Cartons reduce water loss and prevent flavors from other foods being absorbed into the eggs. Storing eggs specially designed sections on refrigerator doors is not recommended because they have more chance of being damaged.

How long do eggs last?

Fresh eggs can be kept refrigerated in their carton for up to six weeks from the date of packing. Remember to put them away as soon as you can. Eggs age seven times quicker when left on the table or bench than when they are properly stored in the fridge.

How can I tell if an egg is still fresh?

A quick test for freshness is to check if the raw egg in the shell sinks in a bowl of water. Fresh eggs stay at the bottom of the bowl while older eggs float because of the large air cell that forms in its base.

How do I check whether an egg is boiled or raw?

Easy. To tell if an egg is raw or hard-boiled, you need to spin it! If the egg spins easily, it’s hard-boiled but if it wobbles, it’s raw.

I’ve had a carton of eggs in my fridge for a few weeks. Can I still use them?

You can use your oldest eggs for baking cakes and quiches if they’re still within their best before date. Fresh eggs are ideal for poaching and frying because they hold their shape. Older eggs are fine for scrambling, hard-boiling and making omelettes. If you’re hard-boiling, it’s best to use eggs that are a few days old. The fresher the egg, the white will stick to the shell.

What is the difference between brown and white shelled eggs?

There is no difference except that white shelled eggs are laid by hens with white feathers and brown shelled eggs by hens with brown feathers! Seems very obvious doesn’t it?

Are eggs safe for coeliacs?

Eggs don’t contain gluten protein so they are safe for coeliacs. Eggs are one of nature’s most nutritious foods and can be an important and tasty part of your diet.

Are eggs safe for diabetics?

Eggs are safe for diabetics. They are so nutritious, versatile and of course tasty, they can be eaten regularly as part of a healthy diet.

Why do some eggs have two yolks?

Eggs with double yolks are formed by young hens whose laying cycle hasn’t yet settled into a pattern. As the yolks move through the reproductive tract they can bump into each other and become enveloped with albumen (egg white) forming a double-yolked egg.

Should you wash your eggs?

No, even according to the USDA, it is not necessary to wash your eggs because of the increased risk of introducing microbes into the egg. The washing water/solution can be pulled into the egg through the shell’s pores. As the hen lays the eggs, they coat them in a protective coating called a bloom. This bloom essentially seals the egg helping to keep moisture in and germs out.

What does it mean if the white part of an uncooked egg appears cloudy?

That’s an indication that the egg is fresh. Over time, the white part of the egg, also known as the albumin, turns clears.

What is that green ring around the yolk of my hard boiled egg?

That occurs when eggs are overcooked. It is a chemical reaction between sulfur and iron. The egg is completely safe to eat.

Can chickens get sick from Salmonella?

No. It is a normal bacteria that lives in some hens’ reproductive tract.

What does it mean when an egg floats in water?

As soon as an egg is laid, air begins to enter through the pores in the shell. A floating egg means that enough air has entered the shell to make the egg float. However according to the USDA, it does not mean that the egg is bad, it is just older. The USDA recommends cracking the egg into the bowl and inspecting it. A spoiled egg will smell bad. Those eggs should be discarded.

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