Brown, white, organic, free range, omega 3 rich, etc. Do you get confused about what to buy when it comes to eggs???
Eggs are the easiest to cook. They are nutritious and are a great addition to your breakfast table. However, today, I will not be talking about the health benefits of eggs instead let’s discuss the different kinds of eggs. Or are they really different?
Myth Vs. Facts
- Brown eggs are better than regular white eggs with a brighter yellow yolk. False.
The color of the shell has nothing to do with the quality of the egg. It depends on the breed of chicken.
- The water test is useful for determining the freshness of eggs. True
The depth of the air cell, determined by candling, is the distance from the cell’s top to bottom when the egg is held with the air cell up (usually the large end of the egg). With time, water in the egg evaporates through pores and is replaced by air. This is why fresh eggs sink and old eggs float in water. As the air cell grows larger, the egg’s quality is downgraded. [Candling is the process of holding an egg against a strong source of light so that the interiors of eggs are illuminated and can be easily examined.]
- A bright yellow yolk confirms the egg is fresh. False.
The yellow color is due to the presence of pigments in the feed. Yellow corn, Alfa meal, and presence of Marigold petals increase the presence of xanthophyll pigment in the yolk.
- The shape of the yolk is important. True.
A firm and round yolk are fresh compared to a flat yolk.
- Presence of spots is bad. False.
The most common goal of candling is detecting blood in chicken eggs, or meat spots. Small spots are easily removed after the egg is cracked open, and they are safe for consumption.
Don’t get confused with labels such as egg being organic or free range. Chicken that has been fed only organic sources and GM (genetically modified) free feed is said to have laid organic eggs. But they might never have seen the daylight. However, free-range birds are raised in a relatively open space and eat organic feed but not necessarily GM-free feed.
Hence labels are essential but can be misleading.
Well now let’s not stress ourselves and enjoy a hearty breakfast with some fresh eggs. And if you need a little change for your breakfast tomorrow try these savoury waffles with or without the fried egg on top. But the egg is highly recommended.
Here is the recipe of savory waffles with cheese
Savory waffles with cheese
Preparation time: 10 min
Cooking time: APPROX. 20 min
Flour 80 gms
Egg 1 large
Milk 250 ml
Oil 30 ml
Baking powder ¼ tsp
Baking soda 1/8 tsp
Salt ½ tsp
Cheddar cheese 3 tbsp (grated)
Beat eggs, milk, and oil in a bowl. Serve the flour, baking powder, baking soda in another bowl. Mix them together and whisk. Add the grated cheddar cheese and combine everything. Pour them in the waffle mold and cook as per the instructions of the waffle maker. Serve with fried egg.