May 20 2010
All about the egg…
I found this on hardbody and wanted to post it here to share…We eat eggs like they are going out of style and thought we all should know the scoop.
• May be white or brown depending on breed of chicken
• Color does not effect egg quality, cooking characteristics, nutritive value or shell thickness
When purchasing shelled eggs keep these things in mind:
• Accept only clean, sound, and odor-free eggs.
• Purchase eggs according to grade and size desired and only in the quantity needed for one to two weeks.
• Accept only eggs delivered under refrigeration at a temperature of 45°F or below. Transfer to refrigerated storage promptly.
• Eggs are generally packed and purchased in 30 dozen cases or half cases of 15 dozen.
• Consider size and grade in relation to use and price. Also, compare prices for different sizes of eggs of the same grade.
• Check the grade of eggs delivered to you. Inspect the shells and then randomly break a few. These eggs should meet the guidelines for their given grade (refer to Egg Quality Chart).
The term “Egg Products” refers to processed or convenience forms of eggs obtained by breaking and processing shell eggs. Egg products include whole eggs, egg whites, and egg yolks in frozen, refrigerated liquid, and dried forms, available in a number of different product formulations, as well as specialty egg products. Specialty egg products include: pre-peeled hard-cooked eggs, egg rolls or “long eggs,” omelets, egg patties, quiches, quiche mixes, scrambled eggs, fried eggs, and others.
Egg products are becoming increasingly popular in food service operations. That’s because they’re convenient to use and also provide a cost savings with regard to labor, storage, and portion control.
Frozen, refrigerated liquid, and dried egg products are similar to shell eggs in nutritional value and most functional properties.
I have always wondered why when you travel to other countries you tend to find eggs sitting out and not in refrigerators! When I went to Italy, this really freaked me out. I was buying eggs that were just sitting out and not refrigerated!? This is seriously how the eggs are sold in Europe, unless things have changed in the past 5 years…. (not Yolking….) 😉