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Chicken and the Egg

Chickens are one of those creatures that can be a nasty foul bird or a friendly vital part of your farm. We tend to go in cycles where we have birds and then as they age out we will go for a period without chickens before missing the eggs. Actually it's more than just the eggs- watching those prehistoric looking feathered reptiles run around the yard and chasing bugs is very entertaining. Feeding them leftover noodles and watching one grab a noodle and run from the flock with it dangling from it's beak so it can eat uninterrupted is very comical.

How can we tell if an egg is fresh or not?

There are several traditional ways you can use to find out or at least get a hint of just how fresh an egg is. The first one, and one of the most commonly used ones, is checking the freshness using cold water. The way to do that is by taking a regular bowl, adding cold water inside, filling approximately half of the bowl, and putting the egg inside.

Fresh eggs will stay on the bottom of the bowl, on their side. Eggs that are older than two weeks, but have been stored in proper conditions temperature-wise will touch the bottom of the bowl, but their bottoms will be facing upwards. These are the ones you can still use for baking, but should not be eaten as hard-boiled or scrambled eggs. 

Eggs that have gone bad will float on the surface of the water in the bowl. These are to be thrown away, as they pose a threat to the person’s health if they are to be eaten, either baked or boiled. It’s always best to check the freshness of an egg before using it, even if they are bought from the supermarket and have a valid expiration date stamped on them.

The catch here is to make sure you let the eggs get to room temperature before using this testing method and to only use cold water. This is a key factor if you want to accurately determine if that particular egg that looks so appealing to you is a safe bet or not. There are many risks associated with eating less than fresh eggs, so you’d better test it first.

Vitamin D

Chicken eggs naturally contain vitamin D which is vital for the human body and mind. The vitamin D not only helps with peoples moods but is used in the body to digest and use calcium. Calcium we know is important for both young and old to maintain and grow healthy bones.
Not just for vitamin D but they are also a great source for easily digestible proteins.

The moral is....buy the eggs. 🙂

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