Frequently Asked Questions about Eggs

Question: How long are eggs good?

Answer: We recommend that you consume eggs within two weeks after the date stamped on the end of the carton for the highest quality and freshest taste. Egg dating is not exact and is influenced by how eggs are stored.  For the best quality, keep eggs refrigerated in the original carton. 

Question: How should eggs be stored?

Answer: Egg shells contain as many as 17,000 pores, through which the egg can absorb flavors and odors.  Storing eggs in the original cartons helps to keep them fresh. Eggs should always be refrigerated; an egg will age more in one day at room temperature than in an entire week in the refrigerator.

Question: Why are some hard cooked eggs difficult to peel?

Answer: Fresh eggs are more difficult to peel after they are boiled. Eggs kept in the refrigerator for a week to ten days before boiling will peel more easily. Hard-boiled eggs are usually good for up to one week after they have been hard boiled, as long as the shell is not cracked.

Question: I know I hard-boiled some eggs, but I can’t remember which ones are hard-boiled and which ones are fresh!  How can I tell the difference?

Answer: Spin them! If the egg spins easily, it is hard-boiled. If it wobbles, then it is raw.

Question: Why do my hard-boiled eggs have a green or gray ring around the yolk?

Answer: Overcooking may be the culprit. Cover a single layer of eggs with cool water to one inch above the eggs, heat on high to just boiling, and then remove the pan from heat and cover. After letting the eggs stand for 12 minutes, drain the cooking water and then rapidly cool the cooked eggs in a bowl of ice water for a few minutes.  

Question: What is the difference between white-shelled eggs and brown eggs?

Answer: While there are no nutritional differences between white and brown eggs, some people believe that brown eggs taste better. Brown eggs are more expensive to produce because they come from heavier brown chickens and their larger size means they cost more to feed.

Question: Does Rose Acre Farms produce fertile eggs?

Answer: Rose Acre Farms does not produce fertile eggs because we do not keep roosters with our hens for commercial egg production.  

Question: What are the stringy white pieces in egg whites?

Answer: The rope-like strands of egg white, called chalazae (kah-lay-za), are a natural, edible part of the egg, not an imperfection or embryo. Chalazae helps to keep the yolk centered in the white and are most noticeable when eggs are very fresh.

Question: What does Rose Acre Farms feed its chickens?

Answer: We make our chicken feed starting with ground corn and soybean meal. We add vitamins and minerals, equivalent to a multivitamin, that meet or exceed the nutritional needs of the chickens.

Question: Do recipes use medium or large eggs?  How many medium eggs equal one large egg?

Answer: Recipes call for large eggs. When substituting medium eggs, be careful that the amount of egg is similar, because eggs are often what binds, leavens or thickens other ingredients in a recipe. For three large eggs, substitute four medium eggs. For four large eggs, substitute five medium eggs. For 10 large eggs, substitute 12 medium eggs.

Question: How does Rose Acre Farms house chickens?

Answer: At some of our farms, chickens are kept in specially designed cages, while at others they are kept in open-style barns with nests. All of our hens, whether cage-free or kept in pens, are kept in a humane and friendly environment including:

  • Constant access to fresh food and water.
  • Constant access to fresh air.
  • Closely monitored temperatures to ensure the comfort of the chickens, which are very sensitive to extremes or rapid shifts in climate.
  • Space for each chicken to move about and socialize with other chickens.


Question: Are eggs a good source of protein?  

Answer: Eggs contain the highest-quality food protein in nature; egg protein contains the perfect mix of essential amino acids needed by humans to build our own tissues. Eggs are a major source of Vitamin D and minerals. Serious body builders and athletes often choose to consume egg white protein for its increased muscle building features. Rose Acre Farms makes a high-quality egg white protein product, Sport Protein, and we also recommend our table eggs for a high-quality, low-cost protein source.

 

Question: Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

Answer: According to the Bible, the chicken came first. Genesis 1:19-20 says, “And God said, ‘Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.’”

"This is the day which the Lord has made, Let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalms 118:24

Frequently Asked Questions about Eggs