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Easter Eggs

With Easter Sunday right around the corner, I wanted to devote another post to eggs. I wrote The Incredible Edible Egg post just over a month ago, so please visit that post to learn about all of the amazing positive nutritional properties of eggs.

Which came first...the chicken or the egg? We may never know! Eggs can be traced back to 3200 B.C. in India. Today China is the world's largest producer of eggs.

Fun facts about eggs

  • The week of Easter is the highest selling time of the year for eggs at about 95 million dozen in the US.
  • The week after Easter is Egg Salad Week to use up all of the Easter Eggs
  • Eggs have been used for centuries in the springtime because they represent new life
  • Christians adopted them at Easter to represent Christ's Resurrection
  • They are used in Passover Seder to represent life and the hope for salvation
  • The largest omelet ever made used 5,000 eggs in Madrid by chef Carlos Fernandez
  • The USDA sizes eggs and the sizes range from peewee to jumbo
  • Eggs are also rated for quality from AA (highest) to A and B
  • White eggs and brown eggs have the same nutritional quality
  • The difference in the color comes from the color of the chicken
  • Chicken eggs are the most widely consumed, but people also eat eggs from quail, duck, and turkeys
  • Egg white is also known as albumin

Food safety of eggs
  • Salmonella can contaminate eggs, but it is rare
  • Keep eggs refrigerated
  • Cook eggs until the yolk is not runny anymore, especially for pregnant women, children, and elderly
  • Don't keep eggs out of the refrigerator for more than 2 hours
  • If you are hiding eggs on Sunday, don't hide them where they will come into contact with pets or lawn chemicals
  • After you find all of the eggs, throw away any that got cracked
  • Refrigerate the eggs again after the Easter Egg hunt is over
  • Do not put the in the door of the refrigerator because they are exposed to warmer air when the door opens
  • Keep them in their original container and they will be protected
  • Egg white can freeze well and keep for several months
  • Use eggs by the expiration date
  • Once eggs are hard boiled, use them within a week
  • Wash your hands, utensils, and work surfaces with hot, soapy water before and after handling eggs
No Easter is complete without a recipe for Deviled Eggs.

Have a blessed Easter and enjoy your eggs!

More Recipes
American Egg Board Recipes
Iowa Egg Council Recipes
Eggland's Best Recipes

Photo courtesy of www.goodegg.com
Thanks to 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life by Dave Grotto for some of the information in this post
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