I always have a big box of eggs in my fridge. I find them so versatile and use them all the time. There are so many quick and easy meals that can be made with eggs when you are in a hurry. An omelette with salad is one of my favourites, so easy to make when you are tired. Eggs also make an appearance in many of the cakes I bake and some fruit breads. They also make excellent sandwiches when cooked and hard boiled eggs are great for taking on picnics. I use eggs so often I decided to see if I could dig up a few facts about them and these are some of the things I found out.
- A hen will produce around 300 eggs a year. Each egg takes a hen 24 – 26 hours to create.
- To tell if an egg is fresh you can place it in a bowl of cold water. If they sink and lie on their side they are very fresh. Standing on one end at the bottom of the bowl means they are still fine to eat but if they float they should not be eaten.
- Have you ever wondered why some eggs are brown and some are white. The breed of the hen laying the egg determines the colour of the egg shell. Apparently some hens produce blue eggs and some produce olive green eggs.
- The colour of the egg yolk depends on a hen’s diet. If it is fed grain with orange and yellow plant pigments in then the yolk will be more vibrant yellow in colour.
- Have you ever boiled eggs and put them in your fridge, then are not sure which are the ones you cooked. You can tell the difference if you spin it, hard boiled ones spin easily but raw ones wobble. Just make sure they are not likely to fall on the floor.
- To keep eggs fresh they should be stored below 20C. The best place is in their box in the fridge.
If you are looking for some egg recipes I have pulled together a few here. These would be great for an evening supper or a special breakfast. There is even a salad recipe which would be lovely for lunch on a hot day.
Brunch Scrambled Eggs
Served on muffins, the mix of eggs, bacon, spring onions with tomatoes and mushrooms makes brunch scrambled eggs ideal for a late morning brunch.
Bacon and Egg Cups
If you are looking to impress try bacon and egg cups. The cups are formed from bacon and filled with egg to make a tasty and filling bite which is ideal for parties.
For a warming and satisfying meal Huevos Rancheros or ranch style eggs is ideal. This dish is filling with a bit of spice and can be eaten any time of day. You can easily imagine cowboys eating this before starting rounding up cattle.
Bacon, Egg and Mushroom Salad
For an impressive looking lunch this bacon egg and mushroom salad is lovely and tasty, perfect for a hot day.
Before cooking with eggs you should be aware that a small percentage of people will have an egg allergy, so you you are cooking for guests you should check if there is anything they are unable to eat before hand.
What is your favourite egg recipe? I would love to know.
I am being sent an egg boiler in return for this post which I am intrigued to find out more about, but all the opinions and images are my own.