Monday, November 8, 2010
Farm Fresh Eggs
Friday evening we drove out to the farm where we buy eggs. It is a small operation, just a few chickens running loose during the day and in the hen house at night, safe from the fox and coyotes. We are always happy when she has eggs for us, the yolks of these eggs are yellow/orange from eating grass and bugs.
As you can see in the photo the eggs haven't been cleaned, we said to leave them unwashed because they will keep longer. I will wash the egg right before cooking. The chicken egg has a natural protection on it that will keep them fresh for about 2 months in the refrigerator. Once washed that protection is gone and they will keep maybe 6 weeks. We wanted to pick up extra eggs while we were there, saves us a drive later, so we prefered to have them unwashed and staying fresh longer. I have 6 dozen in my refrigerator now.
Eggs have so many health benefits and we love the taste. We make egg salad sandwiches, Egg Jalapeno Sandwiches, Quiche Lorraine, Egg Bakes, and Frittatas, with asparagus when it is in season, substituting another vegetable when it is not. We eat them scrambled, fried and boiled. Some years back it was thought that eggs were bad for our heart, not according to the research done at Harvard Medical School. One egg contains 6 grams of protein, they are a good source of choline, which is linked with preserving memory, and lutein and zeaxanthin, which may protect against vision loss.