How to spot a good egg
Eggs are one of the most important kitchen staples you should always have on hand. But not a lot of people know what to look for when buying eggs and that’s because it’s a lot more difficult than you would think. If you want to know how to spot a good egg, here are some pointers to consider:
Check the grades
You’ve either learned or seen how eggs are graded using a letter scheme. You may not have given much thought to what these grades mean, but they play a role in choosing which eggs to buy.
The egg’s consistency is assessed using a technique known as ‘candling,’ which involves exposing the egg’s interior to bright light. Afterwards, their grades are determined as below:
- Grade A: The shell is clean and uncracked, the yolk is round and centred, the white is solid, and the air cell is thin. These eggs are available for purchase in stores for all Canadians to enjoy.
- Grade B: Eggs with an uncracked shell that may have a rough texture, a slightly flattened yolk or a thinner white. These eggs are sold for use in commercial baking or to be processed later.
- Grade C: Eggs with a broken and/or stained shell, a flattened yolk or a watery white. These eggs are only used in the manufacture of egg products that have been processed.
The volume and weight of the eggs have no bearing on the grading neither does the hue, as brown and white eggs are graded differently. Only the consistency counts when grading eggs.
Examine for cracks
Choose eggs with smooth, uncracked shells. If you see some holes in the eggs, don’t buy them because salmonella will get into the interior. Before using the egg, crack it in a white, clean bowl. Examine the whites and yolk for any blue, pink, black or green discolouration, which could imply bacteria formation. If that’s the case, don’t use the egg.
Check the yolk
A fresh egg contains 58% egg white, 32% yolk and 10% shell. The yolk of a freshly laid egg will be firm and round. An egg’s internal consistency begins to deteriorate once it is laid, and the longer it is stored, the worse it becomes.
As the egg gets older, the yolk begins to extract water from the egg white and expands in bulk. When this happens, the yolk’s translucent casing weakens and enlarges. The yolk then starts to develop spots and appears flat.
So, which eggs are the best to buy?
If your wellbeing is a priority and you’re concerned about animal cruelty, pasture-raised or locally grown eggs are the best option. Eggs from naturally raised or free-range chickens are often referred to as “farm eggs.”
Chickens raised naturally have access to pastures where they can forage for their own food. Natural diets are better for chickens. Many people believe that choosing eggs from natural-raised chickens is both environmentally and ethically responsible.
Here at Castor River Farm, we strive to produce the freshest, highest quality eggs possible for you and your family.