Saturday, December 1, 2012

About those eggs

Interesting Things about Eggs

Please read the whole article, but I will highlight two of their main points below:

2. Take the "sell-by" date with a grain of salt. In short, a carton may be up to two months old by the end of the sell-by date. Even so, according to the USDA, eggs are still fit for consumption for an additional three to five weeks past the sell-by date. We tasted two- and three-month-old eggs and found them perfectly palatable. At four months, the white was very loose and the yolk "tasted faintly of the refrigerator," though it was still edible. Our advice is to use your discretion. If the eggs smell odd or display discoloration, pitch them. Older eggs also lack the structure-lending properties of fresh eggs, so beware when baking. 

5. Farm-fresh eggs are well worth the splurge. In our taste tests, farm-fresh eggs were standouts. The large yolks were shockingly orange and their flavor was exceptionally rich and complex. The organic eggs followed in second place, with eggs from hens raised on a vegetarian diet in third, and the standard supermarket eggs last. Our conclusion? If you have access to eggs fresh from the farm, do buy them -- they are a special treat that would be best used in an egg-based dish like an omelet or frittata rather than baked into cakes or cookies. Otherwise, organic eggs are worth the premium -- about a dollar more than standard supermarket eggs. For general use, though, there's nothing wrong with supermarket eggs. 

As the chickens continue to wind down their production (I had 9 eggs in the refrigerator this morning) for the Winter I dread the thought of having to buy replacements from the store! 

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  1. I am seeing more and more bloggers this last two weeks falling prey to the "used up storage" quota... I just checked mine, I am at 50%... but I notice that I can get more for only 5.00 a year.

  2. Oh, how I dread winter & the lack of milk and eggs! While I won't buy store milk during our dry spell, I have purchased eggs for things that just don't do well with powdered eggs (quiche or other have-to-have-fresh recipes). For baking I use powdered eggs & powdered milk during the off season. We just try to eat around what we have.

  3. I was at the out of space limit a couple of years ago. It is really cheap to purchase more. I thought it would be more expensive. Our chickens are on strike too. We have about 50 hens and I get 3 eggs a day. I dont put lights in the coop either,they need that rest to keep laying. Nothing better than farm fresh eggs. Eggs are not suppose to come in a carton and be pale yellow.

  4. I've seen that article before; interesting points. I know my eggs have lasted up to 4 months in the fridge!

    Google storage is frustrating - I broke down and bought the $2.99/month plan for extra storage. I was getting too stressed out!

  5. bah! oh no... sorry they got you. the space police. i suggest vigorously shaking your fist at them, stomping away from the computer, and some assorted yelling.

    and dang. if i had to buy store eggs i'm probably pass out. ugh!

    ps you'll never guess whats standing out in my goat yard.

  6. Mary Ann - I hate to think that I may need to pay to blog - ugh!

    Carolyn - I like how you stated it, "We eat around what we have." The Commander isn't big on egg beaters but I think they are better than store eggs.

    Kelly - I think it is nice that the chickens get a break. It is easy for me to say though because we don't have electricity to put a light on even if I wanted to!

    ONOTW - Commercial egg production has my attention these days, I can't believe how lucky I am to have my own chickens.

    OFG - Too Short? A Cow? Please say it is a cow!

  7. its not a cow... wait for just wont believe it. *thud*