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The Amazing Egg

According to the Egg Nutrition Center the color of an egg shell is dependent upon the specific breed of hen, and there is no nutritional difference between white and brown eggs. Generally speaking, hens with white feathers and white earlobes will lay white eggs, and hens with red or brown feathers and matching-colored earlobes will lay brown eggs. However, there are exceptions and the shell color really depends upon the pigments that are deposited on the egg as it makes its way through the oviduct.

Can’t remember if an egg is raw or hard boiled? Just spin the egg on a flat surface, if it spins it is hard boiled, if it wobbles it's raw. it’s hard boiled.

Hens take about 24 to 26 hours to produce an egg. Then they start over—the average hen lays about 250-270 eggs per year. As a hen grows older she lays larger eggs.

It’s almost impossible to hard-cook eggs above 10,000 feet altitude.

A beaten egg white is a great cleansing and exfoliating facial mask. The yolk is a perfect moisturizing mask.

Howard Helmer holds the world record for most two-egg omelets made in 30 minutes. Set in Atlanta, GA back in 1990, Hemler was able to whip up one omelet every 23.7 seconds for a total of 427 omelets. That's a lot of omelets, gotta wonder who ate them all!

Speaking of omelets, did you know that at the time of the French Revolution, the clever French already knew 685 different ways of preparing eggs (including, of course, the omelet)?

In the United States, the entire month of May has been declared National Egg Month. This is the time of the year to celebrate the many benefits of the egg. If you miss National Egg Month, don't worry! June 3rd is National Egg Day and the rest of the world celebrates World Egg Day every year on the second Friday in October.

In order for an egg to be fertile a hen must mate with a rooster. Eggs sold in grocery stores are laid by hens that haven’t mated and won't hatch!

Egg sales are highest during Easter time in the United States.

Chickens came to the New World with Columbus on his second trip in 1493.

The stringy piece of material in the egg is not an embryo but rather a special protein called chalazae, which acts as a shock absorber for the yolk so it doesn't break.

To Wash or Not to Wash?

Unwashed eggs are safe to store at room temperature.

Washed eggs need to be refrigerated since washing them removes the micro membrane coating on them called “bloom” . With the exception of America, Japan, Australia and Scandinavia most other countries do not refrigerate their eggs. Once an egg has been refrigerated it needs to be kept refrigerated until it is ready to be consumed.

If you choose to wash your eggs, they should be washed in water that is at least 20 degrees hotter than the egg, Washing eggs in cool water can actually create a vacuum effect which can pull unwanted bacteria inside the egg even faster.

The shelf life of an unwashed, unrefrigerated egg is about 21 days, the shelf life of a washed, refrigerated egg is about 50 days.

Is This Egg Edible?

Ever wonder if that egg in the back of the fridge is still edible? Or maybe you just found that stash of eggs your hen has been hiding behind the shed and want to know which ones are still fresh. Here's a quick and easy way to tell if the egg is rotten without the nasty smell!

Place the egg into a glass or bowl of cold water. The water level should be about 2 times higher than the egg.

Observe what the egg does.
   -  Fresh eggs will immediately sink to the bottom on their sides.
   -  Slightly older eggs will lie on the bottom but bob slightly.
   -  Older but edible eggs will balance on the smallest end.
   -  Bad Eggs will float at the surface are rotten, toss them!