Monday, January 23, 2006

Fresh Eggs

Eggs fresh from the henhouse can’t be beat. Their yolks are rich in color and sit high in the white; not like old eggs that spread out across the bowl and have little color to recommend them.

If, per chance, you have found an egg you are not sure is fresh, float it in a bowl of water. If it sinks below the surface of the water line to the bottom of the bowl, it is fresh. If it bobs on the surface, either horizontally or vertically, break it into a saucer and smell to see if it’s fresh before using.

The color of an eggshell is not an indication of one egg being better than another, i.e., brown over white. All eggs would be white if not bathed in a shower of dye or not as they are laid. Different breeds of chicken lay different colored eggs. Shell color is not a reflection of fertility or quality. Allowing your chickens to run free and to scratch among your plants for bugs and seeds will insure that you have the most nutritious eggs.

Store your eggs in a cool place. Sitting out at room temperature, except when in preparation for use as an ingredient, will shorten their keeping quality and appearance.

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