Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Can I safely keep eggs at room temperature?
A. No. Eggs are perishable and must be refrigerated. If eggs have been at room temperature any longer than two hours they should be discarded.
Q. What is the best way to store raw eggs?
A. It is best to store raw eggs in their shells in the original carton, at or below 45° F. They should be placed on a middle shelf of the refrigerator where it is colder, rather than in the door.
Q. How long after the eggs expire can I use them?
A. For maximum freshness, you may choose to consume shell eggs within seven days after the expiration date shown on the carton. However, it is a fact that eggs are exported all over the world with expiration dates as much as 90+ days and may be safely consumed as long as the product is continuously refrigerated.
Q. Does a blood spot mean an egg is contaminated?
A. No, eggs with bloodspots are safe to eat. Bloodspots occur when a blood vessel ruptures during the formation of the eggs. Most eggs with bloodspots are removed from production during the candling process, but occasionally an egg with a bloodspot makes it through. While the bloodspots are safe to eat, they may be removed with the tip of a clean knife prior to preparation.
Q. Are the twisted, ropey strands of egg white safe?
A. These strands, called chalazae, are the material which anchors the egg yolk to the center of the white. Chalazae are not imperfections, nor are they the beginning of an embryo. They are safe to eat; in fact, the fresher the egg, the more prominent the chalazae.
Q. How many calories are in an egg?
A. A large egg contains 70 calories.
Q. Are brown eggs more nutritious than white eggs?
A. The primary difference is that they come from two different breeds of hen. There is no difference in nutrition value between a white and a brown egg. There is, however, a difference in the shell. Brown egg shells are thicker which helps with breakage and in protecting the egg contents inside.
Q. Why are some egg yolks a different shade of yellow than others?
A. The color of the yolk will depend upon the hen's diet. Wheat-fed hen's yolks will be a paler yellow than those fed a diet of alfalfa, grass or yellow corn.
Q. What should I consider when buying eggs?
A. Buy uncracked Grade A eggs from refrigerated cases only. Then, get them home quickly and refrigerate them immediately. If it’s hot outside or the distance is great, pack eggs and other perishable foods with ice or commercial coolant in an insulted bag or cooler in your car, rather than the trunk. Keep eggs refrigerated until you’re ready to use them.
Q. Why are some hard-cooked eggs difficult to peel?
A. Older eggs are easier to peel than fresher ones. As the egg ages, the contents of the shell contract and the air cell enlarges. This makes for easier peeling.
Q. What is an organic egg?
A. Organic Eggs are produced by hens that receive a special diet and special treatment. The hens that lay the organic eggs are also cage-free birds, meaning they are free to roam throughout their henhouse − entering and leaving their nests at will. Hens are required to have at least 1.3 square feet per bird floor space in the henhouse. They also have access to the outdoors when seasonable appropriate. They eat only pesticide-free 100% organic feeds from the day of their birth; neither the hens nor their feed can be subjected to antibiotics, hormones, pesticides or herbicides. If access to pasture is not feasible, flocks must be fed sprouted grains or fresh plants or hay on a daily basis. Their eggs are gathered straight from the nest, placed in a cooler, and then processed.
Q. What does free-range mean?
A. Free-range eggs are produced by hens that meet the cage free requirements and, in addition, have access to outdoor runs.
Q. What is a cage-free hen?
A. While the definition of “cage-free” may vary from one producer to another, at Radlo we strictly adhere to the guidelines set forth by Humane Farm Animal Care for our cage-free hens. Our farming methods meet their requirements for no cages, and room for the chickens to do the things they most like to do: flap their wings, roost and dust bathe. Look for our cage-free eggs that carry the Certified Humane Raised and Handled seal, ensuring that our products meet the Humane Farm Animal Care program standards, which includes a nutritious diet without antibiotics or hormones, and animals raised with shelter, resting areas, sufficient space and the ability to engage in natural behaviors.
Q. Are chicken eggs a Kosher food?
A. Only eggs produced by Kosher hens may be deemed Kosher, and must be certified by a recognized Kosher certification agency, such as OU or OK. All Born Free egg products carry either the OU or the OK symbol.