Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Egg Tips

Egg Tips

Answers to 11 frequently asked questions about eggs1. How long are eggs good for after the "sell by" date stamped on the end of the carton?Answer: Two Weeks. We recommend that eggs be consumed within 2 weeks after the date stamped on the end of the carton, provided that they are kept in the original carton, and always refrigerated. We can assure the highest quality for 2 weeks after the sell by date because we give a 30 day "sell by" date stamped each carton, rather than the 45 day "expiration" date used by most other egg producers.
2. Why are some hard cooked eggs difficult to peel?Answer: They are too fresh. Fresh eggs may be very difficult to peel after they are boiled. Those eggs that have been kept in the refrigerator for a week to 10 days before cooking will usually peel more easily. Hard boiled eggs are usually good for up to one week AFTER they have been hard boiled, provided they are still in the shell and have been kept refrigerated.
3. Can eggs be frozen?Answer: Yes, but NOT in their shells. Hardcooked eggs will have tough whites.
The best answer I have heard on freezing eggs is to do this:
Break however many eggs you want to freeze into a bowl and mix together.
Pour egg mix into plastic ice cube trays and freeze overnight. The next morning, transfer to freezer baggies. 2 frozen egg cubes equals 1 egg. Always thaw the egg in the refrigerator before using. Wash out the ice cube tray with hot soapy water after having the raw egg in it.
4. What is the difference between brown and white shelled eggs? Answer: While there is no nutritional difference between regular white and brown eggs, many people believe brown eggs do taste better. Brown eggs are more expensive to produce because they come from brown chickens, which are heavier chickens than white chickens. And heavier chickens cost more to feed.
5. Are Rose Acre eggs fertile? Answer: No, we do not keep roosters with the hens so there is no way our eggs would ever be fertilized, therefore no embryo could ever be formed in our eggs.
Fertile eggs break down in quality at a much faster rate than unfertilized eggs. Fertile eggs are not more nutritious than non-fertile eggs.
6. What are the stringy white pieces in egg whites?Answer: These rope-like strands of egg white, called chalazae (ka-LAY-zee), are not imperfections or beginning embryos but a natural, edible part of the egg. They help to keep the yolk centered in the thick white. They are more noticeable when the eggs are very fresh.
7. What goes into the chicken feed Rose Acres uses to feed chickens?Answer: Natural grains grown by local family farmers. Our chicken feed is made with freshly ground corn, soybean meal (soybeans which we process & crush ourselves) as well as wheat & milo. Grains make up almost all of the chicken feed. A small amount of nutritional vitamin premix (just like a vitamin pill taken by people) is also added to help keep the chickens healthy and happy. A small amount of ground-up oyster shell and crushed lime can be added as well to help make the egg shells strong, and to help the chickens digest the grains better. Rose Acres NEVER adds growth hormones to our chickens feed to over stimulate to lay more eggs. Our chickens happiness and welfare is always our priority.
8. How many medium eggs should be used in recipes (which are always set to require large eggs)? Answer: When a recipe calls for more than 2 eggs, care must be taken to use the correct amount of eggs. For 3 large eggs, use 4 medium eggs. For 4 large eggs use 5 medium eggs. For 10 large eggs, use 12 medium eggs.
9. How does Rose Acre Farms house their chickens?Answer: We have farms where the chickens are kept in pens, and farms where the chickens are kept in open-style barns with nests. There is no nutritional difference between either type of eggs. Eggs from the "Free-Roaming" farms cost much more than regular eggs because the eggs must be gathered by hand from the individual hen's nest. All of our chickens, are kept in a humane and friendly environment. Plenty of fresh water, fresh air, and fresh feed are available to each chicken at all times, with plenty of space for each chicken to move about and socialize with the other chickens.
10. Why are the egg whites often cloudy? ?

11. Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
Answer: Because they are so fresh. Egg whites will appear almost frosty when fresh and as they age become more clear. Answer: According to the Bible, the chicken came first. "And the evening and the morning were the fourth day. And God said, "Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven." Genesis 1:19-20

Monday, October 31, 2011

Crockpot Chicken

1. by kathome

Fall Apart Chicken

This is the easiest thing you ever made and it sure is good.

1 Whole chicken (I usually buy an Oven Stuffer Roaster but if you want smaller then get a fryer)

Salt & Pepper

Yeah, that's it, although I grow Rosemary in the yard and love the taste so I mince up a bunch and throw that on too)

Wash the chicken and pat dry with paper towels. sprinkle inside and out with a pretty generous amount of salt and pepper (and rosemary if you want it) Put that bird in your slow cooker RAW and with NO WATER AT ALL. Put on the lid, turn the cooker to low and in about 6-7 hours you will have some mighty fine chicken.

I always thicken the amazing amount of juices that come out of the chicken for gravy, but it can also be used for stock.

Also makes GREAT cold chicken sandwiches the next day.

Oh, and by the way, I call it "Fall Apart Chicken" because it does exactly that, so be careful taking it out of the cooker.

This is great to do in the AM before work because there's no browning to take up time. I can plug it in and when I walk in the door from work the house smells like my make believe cook has been at it all day. I think just about every lady in my office has tried it and it's now a standard at their house's too.

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