Question: What are the meat spots?
Answer: Most meat spots are tiny pieces of tissues from the hen’s oviduct. They are usually brown in colour. They range in size from 0.5mm to more than 3mm in diameter. They are sterile and harmless. The spot can be removed with the tip of a knife if you wish. Many meat spots are too small to be detected by candling, especially in brown eggs. Eggs from some breeds, especially the cage-free birds or the birds that lay desi brown eggs, are more prone to meat spots than the rest of the others.
Question: Why is there a thick skin like layer (membrane) under the shell? Is it natural?
Answer: This layer is a natural membrane which is formed inside the egg shell. It’s a clear film lining made of protein fibre, thickness of which varies from egg to egg. The transparent membrane has two layers – inner and outer. The outer membrane firmly sticks to the shell and the inner membrane is attached to the albumen or egg white. The thickness of the two membranes ranges from 73 to 114 um and varies with breed. This membrane is little thicker in brown eggs as compared to that of white eggs. This film, however, varies in transparency due to egg’s age and the various conditions the egg gets exposed to, during the process.
Don’t worry. It’s 100% natural!
Question: Why do some fresh eggs have a strong fishy odour?
Answer: Interestingly, in some hens that lay brown eggs, eating too much canola or rapeseed meal can cause a fishy smell in the eggs. Not all hens are affected by the process that causes the smell. The smell is caused by the accumulation of trimethylamine (TMA) in the yolk. Most hens metabolise the TMA into another (odourless) compound, but some brown egglaying hens don’t do that as effectively, so in some cases, you may end up with fishy smelling eggs. The egg-laying hens are not affected by th process.is
It is also prominent in cage-free or free-range eggs as the bird may consume some insects or other non-vegetarian feed from natural sources which usually impart a meaty smell in the egg.
The fishy smelling eggs are safe to eat. In some cases, the eggs smell can be strong even after the cooking. In case you feel you do not like the smell, please go for our premium white eggs which are guaranteed odour free. You may also contact us in case you feel like taking a replacement.
Question: Why does the colour rub off some brown eggs when boiled? Are they dyed?
No, the eggs are not dyed! It’s the work of our beautiful hens.
This comes down to some basic science. The eggshell is composed mainly of calcium carbonate, which is white.
Brown eggshells contain a pigment called protoporphyrin IX (a by-product of haemoglobin) which is found only on the surface of the shell. Brown pigment is developed during the formation of the last layer of the egg, the bloom or cuticle. In some eggs, the brown pigment can be rubbed off, as soon as it is laid. Some brown eggs might lose some colour during boiling as well.
It’s normal in brown eggs. Nothing to worry about. It’s 100% safe to consume.
Question: Why does the eggshell colour vary?
Answer: Eggshell colour variations are natural. The colour variations in the egg shells are due to the deposition of a pigment called porphyrin during the formation of the egg. Each breed has its pigmentation properties, meaning a brown egg laying bird will never lay a white egg and vice-a-versa.
Question: How does the yolk colour vary?
Answer: The colour of the yolk is determined by a hen’s diet and not its breed or the freshness of the egg (artificial colour additives are not added in eggs). Hens that diet heavy in green plants, yellow corn, alfalfa and other plant material with xanthophylls pigment (a yellow-orange hue) will produce darker yellow-orange yolks. Diets of wheat or barley produce pale yellow yolks; hens fed with white cornmeal produce almost colourless yolks. The slight variations in the yolk colour can also be a result of changes in the amount of feed consumption by birds. Due to change in weather, the birds may eat more or less, because of which the yolk colour may become darker or lighter.
Question: Why do some of the eggshells have lines/marks?
Answer: The lines or marks you see on the egg shells are stains from cages or trays. We are the only company to sanitize the shells of each egg using UV rays, which is a process similar to that of water purifiers. However, we never brush or wash the egg shells for a simple reason, i.e., washing/brushing causes removal of natural protective layer of the egg which allows microbes to enter the egg through the shell (as there are more than 20,000 pores present on it). Considering such risks, washing of eggs is already banned in most of Europe.
Thus, don’t worry, these eggs are absolutely safe to consume.
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