Around the egg

Eggs are a popular food in Germany: on average, every German eats around 215 eggs a year. Of course, the eggs are in high season at Easter - for centuries Easter eggs have been painted or artfully decorated. But how do you know where the egg comes from, what quality it has or if it is fresh? In addition to the answers to these questions, we also give tips for storing eggs.

Where does the egg come from?

When shopping, it is advisable to make sure that the eggs are fresh. With a printed laying date the assessment is easy. If the expiration date is given instead, you simply deduct 28 days from it - then you have the laying date again. Where an egg comes from, you can tell by the producer code printed on each egg. The first number indicates how the chickens were kept:

  • 0 stands for eco
  • 1 for free range
  • 2 for keeping ground
  • 3 for caging

Then follows the abbreviation for the producer country. DE stands for Germany. The next numbers indicate the laying operation and the house number. When buying eggs, however, pay attention not only to the stamped date, but also to dents and cracks. Because if the eggs are damaged, Salmonella and other bacteria will find it easier to find "shelter". The trade class gives information about the weight: Eggs of less than 53 g carry an S, M means 53-63 g, L 63-73 g and XL stands for eggs over 73 g.

Fresh or not?

Even grandmother knew the little trick to distinguish fresh eggs from old ones, the water glass method: in a glass of water old eggs float upwards, fresh eggs sink to the ground. Why? The older an egg is, the larger its air chamber becomes, as the water contained gradually evaporates through the shell. So if your egg lies flat on the ground, it has just seen the light of the world, it raises its tip slightly, it is only a few days old. If the egg manages to hold itself vertically, it is 2-3 weeks old. As soon as it floats or stretches its "popo" out of the water, you should not eat it anymore. But even when you hit a plate you can see how fresh an egg is. When the egg is fresh, the yolk is highly arched and the egg white clearly divided into two zones. If protein and yolk flow together, the egg is no longer edible.

Keep eggs properly

Fresh eggs may be stored at room temperature, as they still have antibodies against germs. At the latest after 2.5 weeks, however, they should walk in the refrigerator. For eggs with raw or short eggs (sweets, fried eggs), the eggs should not be older than 18 days. Then you should be heated through and through, so are suitable until around the 6th Week, for example, still for baking cakes. Rohei dishes stay in the fridge for a maximum of 24 hours, boiled eggs last for about two weeks.

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