How to select eggs when buying

When buying eggs, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that you get the best quality eggs.

Always buy your eggs from a refrigerated case. Eggs generally arrive at retailers in vehicles that are kept at 7°C(45°F) or lower, and are then stored in coolers at the store. This helps to keep the eggs fresh and prevent bacterial growth.

Select eggs with uncracked, clean shells. Open the carton of eggs when in the grocery store and check each egg for cracks. If you find any cracked eggs, choose another carton.

Don’t buy eggs past their sell-by or expiration date. The sell-by date is the last day the eggs should be sold, while the expiration date is the last day the eggs should be eaten. Always check the date on the carton before purchasing.

Eggshell color depends on the breed of the hen laying the egg, not the diet, environment, or other factors. Both white and brown eggs are natural, as are other grayscale hues. There is absolutely no difference in taste or quality of an egg based on shell color.

Eggs come in different sizes, including small, medium, large, and jumbo. The size of the egg is determined by the weight per dozen. Most recipes are based on large eggs, so if a recipe calls for a different size, adjust accordingly.