Eggs fascinate me.  They can be used for so many recipes, they are good to eat, and they have little air holes in the shells.  Eggs roll,  wobble around and they come from a chicken!

According to the American Egg Board one large egg has 70 calories and provides 13 nutrients.  Eggs are an affordable source of high-quality protein including all nine essential amino acids, as well as healthy unsaturated fats and lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants that contribute to eye health. 

Several people have asked me about eggs. How long can you keep them?  How to know if they are bad and how to store eggs.

Below is a list of facts and tips about eggs. I hope you find something that interests you.

1.  Eggs last longer if stored with the wide end up.  They have an air pocket and this will give more distance between the yolk and the air pocket that may harbor bacteria.

2.  Eggs will absorb refrigerator odors.  Store them in their original containers or a closed container of some sort.

3.  Don’t taste batter containing raw eggs.

4.  Freeze egg whites in ice-cube trays for use in recipes.

To freeze whole eggs or yolks crack them into a bowl and gently stir to break up the yolk somewhat. Try not to incorporate air into the eggs. Label the container with the date and the number of eggs. They can be kept frozen for a year, and should be thawed in the refrigerator the day before you intend to use them.

5. Allow 2 eggs per person when scrambling eggs if adding cheese or other ingredients. If not adding anything to scrambled eggs allow 3 eggs per person.

6. For fluffy scrambled eggs, add 1 to 2 teaspoons of cream per egg.

7. It is easier to separate whites from yolks if the eggs are at room temperature.

8. Cold water works better for cleaning utensils with egg on them.

9. In recipes always use large eggs unless recipes state differently.

10. To determine if an egg is good, drop into cold water. If the egg sinks and lies on its side, it is a good egg. If it floats to the top, it is bad.

11. To peel boiled eggs easily, add salt to the water before boiling and rinse eggs in cold water before peeling.

12. Hard boiled eggs will keep in the refrigerator for a week. The shelf life of an uncooked egg in the refrigerator is about 4 weeks.

Now some facts about the producers of the incredible egg from Funshun:

On average, a hen lays 300 eggs per year.

Nine egg yolks have been found in one chicken egg.

A mother hen turns her egg approximately 50 times in a day. This is so the yolk does not stick to the shell.

To produce a dozen eggs, a hen has to eat about four pounds of feed.

The largest chicken egg ever laid weighed a pound and had a double yolk and shell.

A chicken with red ear lobes will produce brown eggs, and a chicken with white ear lobes will produce white eggs.

A chicken is 75% water.

In the U.S., approximately 46% of the chicken that is eaten by people comes from restaurants or other food outlets.

Hens will produce larger eggs as they grow older.

Do you eat eggs for breakfast? What is your favorite way to prepare an egg? Questions or comments, reply here or on Facebook.

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