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October 13, 2017
8 + 1 questions about eggs

I’ll be asking the questions and I’ll be answering! My goal? To help you get to know this little treasure, which should have a place in your daily lives, unless you have some sort of allergy. This of course is in honor of World Egg Day, which is celebrated all over the world! Let’s begin with our questions, which will.. open the doors to the secrets of the EGG!

1. What does the color of eggs depend on? The color of eggs depends on the “type” of chicken but not necessarily its color.

2. Which eggs are “better”, the brown or white eggs? Both are good, as long as they are fresh! The quality of the egg does in no way depend on its color but by the type of food the chicken that lays the eggs eats and from how long it takes to reach your plate. The closer you are to the day it has been laid, the fresher your egg is.

3. What does the size of eggs depend on? The older the chicken, the larger the eggs it lays! Also, if you are wondering how many eggs a chicken can lay in her life, the answer is an average of 250 eggs yearly, without this meaning that there are not chickens that can lay even more. This also depends on what “type” of chicken it is.

4. How long does it take to make a soft boiled egg? Everything you need to know about cooking the perfect egg – according to your preferences – you can find at this link. Click here to find out all of the secrets of how to boil an egg, cooking times and its corresponding textures.

5. Why do some egg yolks have a more intense color? Because the food these chickens eat is much richer in carotenoids compared to the chickens that lay eggs with lighter colored yellow yolks.

6. What is the life span of an egg?  Eggs should be consumed within one month from the day it was laid. It is better to avoid consuming them after this.

7. Should you wash your eggs?  The basic rule is that eggs should not be washed since their coming into contact with water can destroy the membrane from their shell, which works as a shield against microorganisms. Although eggs are washed in some countries, since they follow other procedures as far as consumer’s protection and hygiene. My advice is.. If you decide to wash your eggs, place them in the refrigerator immediately afterwards and make sure you consume them in a short amount of time since washing them “shrinks” their lifespan.

8. How can you tell if your eggs are fresh? The fresher the egg, the smaller and firmer the yolk. Also, a fresh egg that is put in a glass of water sinks directly to the bottom. If it floats, you simply have to throw it away immediately!

 

 +1: What came first? The chicken or the egg? This question was answered about 7 years ago by the researchers of the University of Warwick and Sheffield, who after doing their research discovered that in order for an egg to develop its shell, it needs a protein which is found in the chicken’s ovaries. What does this mean? It means that the chicken (as it seems) came first and makes the egg… not the other way around. The truth is though that there is a contradictory statement to this, which says that birds evolved from reptiles. The chicken seems to have come from some egg that was laid by a reptile. So the chicken “came” from the egg!

To be honest, I don’t get all caught up in which one came first… I get caught up in the delicious flavor eggs offer to our foods… as a simple ingredient, a basic ingredient or a food all on its own – soft or hard boiled. It is a remarkable food – especially if you cook it in one of the ways I am recommending in the following recipes! ;-)

Akis

 

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