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Eggs in General
Member Name: Revier
Eggs in General
Advantages: Tasty, easy to make
Disadvantages: can be a bit horrid if undercooked
Eggs, the prerequisite of a good breakfast, delicious fritata and oh yes baby bird. The eggs that we eat are generally unfertilised though, although there is a rather barborous act commited in Vietnam where a deceased baby duck still in its egg is eaten soft bones and all!!! The product is known as Balut, I'd give it a try but it doesn't sound too appetising.
All birds lay eggs but only a fraction of species make for good eating, the more commonly available eggs on the market are chicken (of course), duck and quail. Other eggs are available round the world but these three are the most commonly found.
Chicken eggs are the ones we are all most familiar with, about 3 inches long containing the white (albumen) which would provide sustenance for the fertilised chick, and of course the lovely yellow yolk (the best bit). The shells can be white or brown. Eggs are high in protein and are delicious. They can be fried, boiled, poached or scrambled and even thrown at unlikeable politicians.
If boiled I love a runny yolk, with lomticks of toast to dip in.
The duck egg is said to have a much deeper richer flavour and a darker, more orangey yolk. I've never tried one myself but am really keen to.
Quails eggs are very much comparable to chickens in flavour but are much smaller and the shell has a speckled pattern on it.
The largest birds egg in the world is the ostrichs', Ive never seen them available for purchase but I've just read that in 2008 waitrose started selling them, how very odd, I wish I'd seen them there. The Ostrich egg can weigh around 4 and a half pounds and take an hour to boil. Apparently they taste similar to chickens eggs but the white is much lighter.
When storing eggs it is very important to consider that strong smells can permiate the shell thus imparting flavour into the egg itself, be careful to keep them away from any strong smells.
Eggs have a relatively short shelf life and a good way to tell if your egg is still fresh without opening it is as follows-
The blunt end of the egg contains an air bubble which is caused when the contents of the hatched egg contracts as it cools. As the egg ages the air pocket is diminished, so simply drop your egg in a bowl of water and if it sinks, throw it out.
Eggs have been a staple of the human diet for thousands of years and will continue to be so as they're proteinous, delicious and easy to steal from a slumbering birds nest ; )