Unless you have any food intolerances or are following a particular diet ( vegan, for example), you will always have eggs in your fridge. For this, I think it might be helpful to spend a few words on this topic.
Let’s start with a bit of information:
– For hygiene reasons you should wash the eggs before you use them, mainly to avoid bacterial contamination. For example, did you know that the infamous Salmonella bacteria is on the egg shell and not inside? That’s a good reason to remember to wash eggs and, above all, wash your hands properly after handling them.
– Nowadays, every egg has an expiration date printed on its shell, but if you buy eggs from a local farm with no date, there is a way of finding out if they’re still fresh. You need a bowl filled with water and a teaspoon of salt. Put the egg in the water: if it stays horizontal on the bottom, it’s fresh; if it stays on the bottom but vertical (with the top towards the surface) it means that it’s a less fresh (so it’s better to have it cooked, not raw); if it floats, it’s expired (inside there is gas).
– Another helpful piece of information is to know about the code printed on the shell. For example 0UK54321.
Let’s see, number by number, what it means :
0 : livestock type
UK: Country of production
54321: Farm IDe
– Sometimes the image of free and happy chickens that we have in mind is not the reality.
Everything depends on the different livestock farming methods. For chickens, there are 4 types: 0-1-2-3.
0: Organic livestock: rustic chickens living outdoors, free to forage and live in the sun. They eat organic feed.
1: Free range: chickens live outdoor for just few hours every day, where they can eat and lay eggs.
2: Deep litter(indoor housing): chickens live in big hangars with artificial light, where they spend all day (so they eat and lay eggs there).
3: Cage farming: chickens live in ridiculously small cages with barely room to move. Here chickens lay their eggs that are collected by a conveyor belt.e
– Another information you can find on the egg box is the egg size: XL, L, M,S.
XL: weight over 75 gr L: weight between 65 gr and 75 gr M: weight between 55 gr and 65 gr S: less than 55 gr
– The last useful bit of information is about the weight of every single egg component, really good to know when some recipes call just for yolks or egg whites.
For a medium egg:
– a whole medium egg without shell weighs 50 gr:
– an egg yolk weighs more or less 17/18 g
– an egg white weighs more or less 31/32 gr
– the shell weighs 6 gr
Well, we said lots of thing about eggs, it’s time to bake… what do you thing about some nice butter biscuits to have with custard? Why not!