Aaaa… Eggs, a star of its own show alone and many times a staple or binding agent in cooking most foods…
Who knew that there was so much stuff to know about this once so simple ingredient.
This post details how to know if they are fresh, how to store them, how to know the difference between all the dozens of types you see in the grocery store (just so you don’t have to do Enny, Meeny, Miny, Moe anymore), and the most possible egg-mergencies.
When cooking with eggs make sure that you are using fresh eggs!
How can you tell they are fresh?
- Check the Sell by Date.
- Never buy after Sell By Date
- Fresh for approximately up to 3 weeks refrigerated.
- If it Looks or Smells strange…. Just throw it out!
- Quick way to check if its fresh… Place egg(s) in a pot with plenty of water. Fresh eggs will automatically sink to the bottom.
How do you store them?
- Make sure to keep eggs in 39˚F (4˚C) or below.
- Eggs have porous shells and can easily capture smells from other foods in the refrigerator. Keeping them in their carton will help avoid this.
- You can refrigerate egg whites up to 4 days in a container or freeze for up to a year. Refrigerate egg yolks (the yellow) for up to 2 days in a container covered with water.
What’s the difference between White and Brown?
NONE nutritionally speaking.
SIMPLY PUT: White come from white feathered hens and Brown eggs come from brown feathered hens.
So many different eggs, really, so little time… What the heck is the difference?
White, Brown, Vegetarian, Organic, Free-Range, Omega-3,Vitamin Enhanced? Whatever happened to going and getting just some plain old eggs?
- Vegetarian: Hens given vegetarian diet (no meat or fish products)
- Organic: Hens have been fed only organically grown grains.Once eggs are laid no color or vitamins are added.
- Free-Range: Hens have access to the outdoors or at least in a barn and absolutely no cages. They get whatever exercise they please.
- Omega-3: All eggs have omega 3. These hens are fed grains that are omega 3 rich so they boost the omega 3 in their eggs.
- Vitamin Enhanced: Hens are fed grains enhanced or nutritionally rich in certain vitamins so that it is passed into its eggs.
Egg-mergency! The HELP ME part:
- Help! I cracked an egg open and pieces of the egg shells fell into the bowl! It’s taking forever to get them out! What’s the quickest, and easiest way of getting them out?
- No prob! Just grab the biggest piece of egg shell (that is not in the bowl) and scoop the pieces out.
- Help! The recipe asks for a couple eggs and I have no idea what size.
- Yes, size matters, but you are in luck because in the INGREDIENT SPECIFIC CONVERSION (just click on it and it will take you there) section, it details how many small, medium, large, extra large or jumbo eggs equal a cup.