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Omega 3 eggs hard to crack

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pengcast Feb 1, 2009 04:54 PM

Today I was making a double batch of cookies that called for 6 egg yolks and I was using Omega 3 eggs and I could not get one to crack cleanly. They are fresh from the store and yet the shells cracked all jagged and with small pieces falling into the whites. Has anyone else had this problem? I wonder if the shell is not as hard so it tends to crackle rather than crack cleanly?

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    rockfish42 Feb 3, 2009 06:51 PM

    I tend to crack one handed, and find that if someone slips me a conventional egg I inevitably screw it up. I personally like the harder shells.

    1. Bat Guano Feb 3, 2009 06:39 AM

      I've found that if you crack them on the edge of a pan they tend to produce more of the jagged little pieces, whereas if you crack them on the counter or other flat, hard surface, your chances of getting a nice clean break are better. I think this is true regardless of whether the shells are comparatively hard or otherwise.

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        laylag Feb 3, 2009 03:46 PM

        Agree. I always crack on the flat of the counter, never on a pan or bowl edge.

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        laylag Feb 3, 2009 06:15 AM

        The eggs I buy from the farmer's market - presumably much fresher than those from the grocery store whether they are organic, omega, free range or regular, definitely have harder, thicker shells which I found much easier to crack than supermarket eggs. Often supermarket eggs' shells are very soft causing them to sort of smash into small bits.

        Thus, from my own personal experience, I'd say the fresher eggs from better fed and hopefully happier chickens have harder shells which I find easier to crack cleanly.

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          greygarious Feb 3, 2009 07:57 AM

          Ease-wise, I'd say the opposite. Whether I crack them on an edge or a flat surface, I have to get a fingernail inside to pry open the delicious local eggs. I usually end up with a puncture under my nail, and/or the yolk, from a strong shard of shell.

        2. greygarious Feb 3, 2009 05:35 AM

          Not long ago there was a photo of a white egg and a brown one on the AOL home page, with a caption that referred to one being easier than other. I assumed this meant easier to crack but since I have dial-up and this was one of those things that takes forever to open up a series of inane photos and generally useless info, I didn't proceed. The local poultry farm eggs are brown, and have very hard shells even if I've had them a couple of weeks. I can't say that I've ever noticed brown supermarket eggs being any harder to open.

          1. Mawrter Feb 2, 2009 06:48 PM

            These replies are very interesting. I am not disagreeing, but I'd always thought the degree of hardness of the egg shell is determined by how fresh or the egg is ... the older the egg the harder the shell. Fresher eggs work better for some things, and older eggs work better for others. I guess the age theory doesn't contradict the diet theory.

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              hotoynoodle Feb 2, 2009 08:24 PM

              older eggs have more air *inside* them so are easier to crack.

              organic eggs just need a more decisive cracking to them, lol. really whack it. if bits of shell migrate, use a big piece of shell as a spade to scoop them up. works great.

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                jen kalb Feb 3, 2009 05:22 AM

                I think there is clearly more mineral content in the eggs I buy from the organic farmeers or, for that matter, in markets in europe. The eggs there are hard enough that you can buy individual eggs in a bag, something that doesnt work with our more delicate mass market american eggs. There is quite a lot of variation in shell hardness, and the eggs we get now seem much "softer" than those I grew up with. It would be interesting to get someone with expertise in poultry raising to comment.

              2. jen kalb Feb 2, 2009 08:31 AM

                My guess is that these eggs are actually harder than what you are used to due to improved diet. We adjust our egg breaking technique to the eggs we get - most mass produced american eggs these days have very thin shells and are easy to crack., Try a different type of edge to crack against, (sharper, maybe) or hit it a little harder and see if you have better luck getting a clean break.

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                  JudiAU Feb 2, 2009 08:24 AM

                  My guess is that it is the opposite. A hard shell is a sign of a well fed egg. Factory eggs have a softer shells that reflect their comparatively poor diet and living conditions.

                  The omega 3 hens have a much higher quality diet, just like the eggs from the farmers market. They do have thicker shells.

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                    jaykayen Feb 1, 2009 08:17 PM

                    I've had that problem, too. Eggland's Best, I think... tiny pieces in every single egg...and I was splitting them for yolks, same as you. However, since I couldn't remove the tiny shell pieces, I just left them in. In that carton of 1 dz, I never noticed a piece of shell in my food.

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