In an Eggshell

For me, upping my protein and lowering my carbs helps me feel Fuller for longer . If you’re looking to lose weight and cut your carb intake right down, eggs are a fabulous food. Comforting, filling and nutritious.

I simply love eggs, and not just because they’re a complete protein and provide a lot of nutrients but also because of how many different type of meals they can be used to make!

Eggs are a cheap protein alternative to meat. I try to only buy eggs from free-range hens as they are generally better looked after than caged hens.

I am lucky enough to have a friend who keeps hens as pets and we have those eggs on a regular basis. I think they taste better than the ones that you’re buying in the shop, maybe it’s because the hens are spoiled and loved!

How many calories are in an egg?

A single large egg, raw, contains about 72 calories. That number increases once you cook the egg, a boiled egg clocks in at 78, and a fried egg at about 90. (Keep in mind that the calorie count of the egg will increase depending on the oil or butter you fry it in.) We love FryLight – 1 cal spray and vitalite. We never add milk to our scramble in this house as we have a ‘DairyDodger’ ( My oldest boy is CMPA)

A good non-stick pan doesn’t need much oil anyway. Here is my flavorstone pan – there is very little that actually sticks to this. I flipped the egg over after a couple of minutes.

How long to boil an egg ?

This is a fine art and requires practice lol

Timings based on large hens’ eggs dropped into boiling water.

When done, scoop the eggs out of the pan and put them in a bowl of cold water (if you’re not eating them
straight away) to prevent them cooking any further.

  • 5 minutes: set white and runny yolk – just right for dipping into
  • 6 minutes: liquid yolk – a little less oozy
  • 7 minutes: almost set – deliciously sticky
  • 8 minutes: softly set – this is what you want to make Scotch eggs
  • 10 minutes: the classic hard-boiled egg – mashable but not dry and chalky

Eggs are loaded with protein & nutrients

Each eggshell is packing about 6 grams of protein — 3 in the yoke and 3 in the white – with a full complement of all the amino acids your body needs.

Based on a 2,000-calorie diet, a single egg contains 12% of the recommended protein you need to go about your day; 11% of the vitamin D; 10% of the vitamin B-12; and 5% of vitamin A.
Eggs used to be considered “problematic” due to their cholesterol levels, but now that evidence suggests theres no corrolation between dietary and blood cholesterol, so you’re spared those egg-white omelettes.

We’d still advise moderation and consulting your doctor if you’re worried.

Colour doesn’t matter

There is no nutritional difference between eating an egg from a brown shell versus one from a white shell. The colour of the eggs actually corresponds to the the colour of the chickens that laid them. Typically white-feathered hens lay white eggs, while their red-feathered counterparts lay the brown.

Eggs keep way longer than you think

As in, their “sell by” date is not the same as their expiry date. Eggs can last in a fridge for around 5 weeks after their packing date (this is usually about 3 weeks after you purchase them) If you think your eggs have gone bad, crack one into a cup and see if it smells rotten. You WILL know – Trust me! Or float them in a glass. A bad one will float due to gasses inside the shell

You should always store eggs in the fridge

Don’t bother with a nice table or worktop presentation. Your eggs will last a lot longer in the fridge. The shelf life of an egg stored at room temperature is a fraction of one stored in the refrigerator, and it will  also minimize the risk of Salmonella, that nasty disease your mum always warned you about but neglected to mention comes from chicken shit. The egg exits the hen’s body through the same passageway as faeces is excreted….Temperature fluctuation is critical to safety,” so say the American department of Agriculture. “A cold egg left out at room temperature can sweat, facilitating the movement of bacteria into the egg and increasing the growth of bacteria.” *There may be some disagreement about refrigeration but in the UK farmers are required to immunize their chickens against salmonella.

The best way to clean up egg is with salt

Odds are if you’re making something with eggs you’ve got some salt on hand anyway, so it stands to reason that if you drop one on the floor (we’ve all been there), you should put it to use. Quickly salting the egg on the floor before you pick it up will give your paper towels or other cleaning implement something to grab onto. It’s a handy tip for most slippery messes that need a better grip.

We will update with more egg recipes and ideas as we get them ready.

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  1. Reading this makes me want to go down and cook my duck eggs lol yummy dippy duck eggs

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