Cooking with Eggs: Our Eggs 411
Everything you ever wanted to know about eggs.
The incredible, edible egg! Do you recall that jingle? Now that we reminded you sorry for getting it stuck in your head. We love eggs. Eggs are the perfect whole food, nutritious, delicious and they have their own carrying case! Eggs have the ideal ratio of protein, fat, and carbohydrates and you can enjoy them any time of day. Perhaps they are so popular for breakfast simply because their rich golden/orange yolk is another form of nature’s sunshine.
Let's start by answering the most common questions about eggs.
Depends on the diet of the hen.
These hens are free from the confines of a cage, but this doesn’t mean they are frolicking in an open field with the sun overhead. More often, they are free to roam a barn or warehouse, but their living conditions can vary widely.
Anyone can use the term “natural” to describe their eggs, so this means nothing.
This means hens are free to roam the outdoors at some point, but there is no regulation specifying how long is necessary, so there is no way to know how long the hens are actually outside.
Hens have some access to the outdoors and are fed an organic vegetarian diet that excludes any pesticides, animal by-products, or genetically modified foods.
These girls got it made. They are raised outdoors and can eat a natural diet roam freely.
What do all these terms mean to you?
The most important thing to remember with all your ingredients is to make sure they are high quality and fresh. Cage-free, Organic eggs are from healthier chickens that eat more natural feed and roam freely so they will have much higher vitamin and mineral levels and a more balanced healthier omega fatty acid ratio. But in the end if they are sitting around too long, they won't be any good.
Farm fresh eggs, yum…. you really can taste the difference. We highly recommend seeking out farm fresh eggs in your local Farmers Market and Local Harvest can help you find contact information for farmers' market sellers across the country. They also have an online store that lets you order them no matter where you live.
Other egg facts:
● Eggs age more in one day at room temperature than in one week in the refrigerator.
● A large egg contains only 70 calories and 5 grams of fat.
● Egg protein has just the right mix of essential amino acids needed by humans to build tissues
● The color of the shell has nothing to do with nutrition, but instead on the color of the feathers in the chicken’s ears! A chicken with white feathers in their ears lays white eggs.
Oh and take note. The yolk is no joke; it’s the healthiest part of the egg!
The yolk is the most nutrient-dense, antioxidant-rich, vitamin and mineral loaded portion of the egg. The yolks contain many B-vitamins, trace minerals, vitamin A, folate, choline, lutein, and other powerful nutrients. In fact, yolks contain more than 90% of the calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, thiamin, B6, folate, and B12 of the egg. In addition, the yolks contain all of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K in the egg, as well as all of the essential fatty acids.
So, I say, bring on the eggs whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner! How do you like your eggs?
How do you make the perfect hard-boiled egg?
The perfect hard-boiled egg has a soft, creamy orange-yellow yolk and a tender white.
Over-cooked hard-boiled eggs have tough whites with crumbling yellow-greenish yolks that are foul-smelling and impossible to work with.
The secret to a perfect hard-boiled egg is perfect timing. We recommend starting with room temperature eggs. This helps to prevent the shell from cracking and even aids in the cooking. I leave my eggs out overnight or for at least a few hours. Once the eggs are hard-boiled, they can be stored, in their shells, in the refrigerator, or peeled and stored in water in the refrigerator.
8 large eggs at room temperature
1. Place the eggs in a small saucepan and cover with cold water. Heat the pan over medium heat. Once the water has come to a steady boil, turn off the heat, set a timer and allow the eggs to sit in the hot water for 9 minutes.
2. After 9 minutes, plunge the eggs into cold water and allow them to cool completely.
3. The cooked eggs can be stored, in their shells, in the refrigerator, for up to 5 days.
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