It’s almost the New Year and what better way to welcome 2014 than with 14 fun and interesting facts about eggs!
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Question: Should you wash your eggs?
Answer: No, even according to the USDA, it is not necessary to wash your eggs because of the increased risk of introducing microbes into the egg. The washing water/solution can be pulled into the egg through the shell’s pores. As the hen lays the eggs, they coat them in a protective coating called a bloom. This bloom essentially seals the egg helping to keep moisture in and germs out. All eggs that are processed in the store are mandated to be washed by the FDA but they have strict regulations and guidelines for washing.
Question: How many eggs does the average American eat per year?
Answer: Over 250
Question: What does it mean if the white part of an uncooked egg appears cloudy?
Answer: That is an indication that the egg is very fresh. Over time, the white part of the egg, also known as the albumin, turns clears.
Question: What is that green ring around the yolk of my hard boiled egg?
Answer: That occurs when eggs are overcooked. It is a chemical reaction between sulfur and iron. The egg is completely safe to eat.
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Question: How warm is a freshly laid egg?
Answer: 105 degrees Fahrenheit
Question: How long does it take for a fertilized chicken egg to hatch?
Answer: Approximately 21 days
Question: Can chickens get sick from Salmonella?
Answer: No. It is a normal bacteria that lives in some hens’ reproductive tract.
Question: How long does it take for a hen to lay an egg?
Answer: 25 hours from the initial phase of ovulation to egg laying. After the egg is laid, her body will rest for approximately 30 minutes and then she will ovulate again and start the entire process over.
Question: What does candling an egg mean?
Answer: All egg sold in the grocery store have been candled. Inspectors shine a light source through the egg shell. The inside of the egg is inspected for double yolks, blood spots, and other interior defects. Candling can also be used to determine if eggs are fertile or not.
Question: What is the weight of a jumbo egg?
Answer: A jumbo egg weighs approximately 2.5 ounces with a minimum of 30 ounces per dozen eggs.
Question: What does it mean when an egg floats in water?
Answer: As soon as an egg is laid, air begins to enter through the pores in the shell. A floating egg means that enough air has entered the shell to make the egg float. However according to the USDA, it does not mean that the egg is bad, it is just older. The USDA recommends cracking the egg into the bowl and inspecting it. A spoiled egg will smell badly. Those eggs should be discarded.
Question: Why are fresh eggs so hard to peel?
Answer: Fresh eggs have less air inside the shell. Older eggs have a larger cell of air A larger cell of air allowing for easier peeling, so use older eggs for hard-boiling.
Question: What are Thousand Year Old Eggs?
Answer: These eggs are popular in Chinese cuisine. The eggs have undergone a process that takes months to years involving packing and coating the eggs in a variety of substances including salt, ash, clay, rice, wood ash and tea. There are three types including Hulidan, Dsaudan, and Pidan. Each type has a unique process that changes the egg’s taste ranging from salty, lime flavored, or wine flavored.
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Question: Do you need a rooster for a hen to lay eggs?
Answer: No, only if you want to hatch baby chicks. Yes, you can eat fertilized eggs. They should be refrigerated promptly, especially in warmer weather as a fertilized egg will begin embryological development above 80 degrees Fahrenheit according to the University of Illinois.