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Eggs!

So many things to learn about eggs!

What are the best sources, the best storage, how do you tell if they’re bad, what’s the best yolk color? Here are some things you should you know about eggs-

 

The Source

 

A small choice- buying eggs. Right? Nah.

We vote with every penny. Very few of us can buy all organic, high-end foods. But if you can make a small difference, choose your battles. Want to make a huge difference with $1/$1.50? Buy "Humane Certified" eggs, or buy form a local farm that has pasture raised naturally fed hens.

A common misconception: Cage Free is best.

 

Truth: Cage Free only demands the hens be free from confined cages for a certain amount of time, and while ‘free’ they are still offend indoors, crowded and walking among the dead and their own feces. This is not good. It’s not humane and it spreads disease.

A common misconception: Amish eggs are natural and wholesome.

 

Truth: Amish eggs are typically neither of these things. Why?

The Amish communities are not any more exempt from animal abuse or neglect than any other farm community, and in fact recent reports and studies will find the opposite is often true. A lot of inhumane puppy mills are owned by Amish communities. Let's start asking questions about where our food comes from.

 

You want humane food? Look for "Humane Certified" on the packaging.

Storage

It’s good to keep eggs stored in the cartons the come in, not in that little door egg-caddy your fridge comes with. Why?

  1. Egg shells have pores. The exchange of air and moisture through these pores can make an egg go bad faster and can make them absorb other odors from he foods in your fridge. Keeping them in these containers keeps more them air-tight.
  2. The carton has the exp date. This is good to know.
  3. Eggs should be stored in these little nests with the large end up, not jostled around- this keeps the yolk centered.
  4. The door is the warmest part of the fridge. Store eggs in the main body of the fridge. 

 

 

 

 

Freshness

 

As an egg ages, the size of the air cell inside increases, causing it to float. Want to see if it’s still good? Put the egg in a bowl of water. A fresh egg will sink, an older egg will float.

When you crack it the yolk should sit higher on the whites, with he whites closely surrounding the yolk holding it up (a runny yolk that spreads is older).

 

A cloudy egg white is a sign of freshness. The cloudiness is the result of the high carbon dioxide content when the egg is laid.

 

Yolk Color

 

If you’ve bought local farm eggs, Humane Certified or pasture raised eggs, they typically have darker yolks. This is a good thing!

The color of the yolk is a reflection of the hen’s diet and living conditions. Pastured eggs are richer in micronutrients, such as vitamins A, D and E, beta-carotene and omega-3s. This not only means they are better fro you, it also means they were fed better. They have the opportunity to eat more pigmented foods, and the pigment is then transferred to the yolk.

The Exception: Sometimes a commercial egg company will feed hens dies int he food to darken the yolk color. Tricky tricky. Another reason it’s good to know your source! Buy Humane Certified.

 

 

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