Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Frugal Egg

You know I still think eggs are expensive considering that I remember at one point growing up and having chickens then even after becoming an adult IF I spent a dollar on eggs I hated to be spending $2-4 is OUCH on our budget. But in total respect they are still relatively cheap in the grand scheme of things.

The Frugal Egg
by Susan Bauer
Versatile, affordable and delicious!

Eggs are an incredibly versatile and delicious budget
stretcher for any household. For approximately $2, one can
purchase one dozen large eggs that can be scrambled, deviled,
fried, poached, or used in batters, coatings, meringues, or
glazes. In most households, eggs are used for at least one
meal every day. Eggs are high in protein and low in saturated
fat, trans fat, and sodium.

An average shopper has eggs on his weekly grocery list. He
decides if he wants one-half dozen or a dozen and considers
four things: the condition of the carton, the condition of the
eggs inside, the coloring of the outer shells of the eggs in
the carton, and the price. All things checked out at Walgreens
when I purchased my last carton of a dozen eggs for $1.50.
Here are some facts that you may want to consider before your
next egg purchase:

- Standard eggs have the highest output because the birds
receive minimum care. Therefore, production of the standard
egg is the highest and the cheapest for consumers.

- When freezing eggs, take them out of their shells, place
them in small resealable freezer bags, and put in the freezer.
Defrost the eggs in the refrigerator overnight.

- Brown-shelled eggs are equally as healthy as white-shelled

- If caged hens are fed a vegetarian diet, they lay vegetarian

- Hens that exercise outside their cages produce "free-range"

- A happier, healthier hen lays better quality eggs.

- Feeding hens bright-colored chicken feed produces bright
colored egg yolks.

- Organic eggs come from hens that are fed organic grain feed
with only natural ingredients.

- Eggs can be stored in their original carton at 40 degrees
Fahrenheit for up to five weeks before the onset of bacteria.

- Grade AA eggs are slightly fresher than Grade A eggs.

- Eggs are rich in vitamins and iron, but low in sugar and

- Egg Beaters(r) are the smarter, more expensive choice for
consumers. They are real eggs with a delicious flavor and they
are more nutritious than standard eggs, having less fat and
cholesterol. In restaurants, expect to pay $.50 an egg more
for Egg Beaters(r).

- In the U.S., the egg carton is stamped with the date on
which the eggs were packed. For example, the "1" in 1-365
means January 1 while "365" represents December 31st.

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