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Mar 7, 2013 06:32 PM

Strange thing in our egg

My daughter poached a couple of eggs in the microwave. She thought they smelled a little strange. I countered that she cooked the yolks hard and the sulfur odor came from the yolk. She started to poke at the egg and she found a little pocket with a somewhat orange gelatinous blob and a tubular shape. Put us both right off. It was not chalaza/chalazae but something I have never seen before. Perhaps the egg had been fertilized? It was a free-range egg. I am not usually grossed-out by food but this did make me a bit queasy.

I can't find anything on the web about this, so I am turning to you folks.
Any takers here?

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  1. Coulda been a developing embryo. I'm getting the free-range eggs from Trader Joe's and every so often I'll see a tiny blood spot, and yesterday there was a darker blob about the size of an aspirin tablet right up next to the yolk, which I removed with a fine-tined cooking fork. I normally leave my eggs out on the counter, but maybe I should start refrigerating these!

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    1. re: Will Owen

      I don't know what your "darker blob" was, but blood spots have nothing to do with whether or not an egg has been fertilized. They occur sometimes due to a ruptured blood vessel while the egg is forming.

      They are completely harmless, & the only reason you rarely if ever see them in commercial eggs is due to the eggs being candled (held up to a light), & any with these spots are removed & not sold simply re: cosmetic purposes.

      1. re: Bacardi1

        Another missed opportunity for a science lesson. The tube is probably the start of a backbone. The unexpected surprises of free range eggs.

        1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

          The "tubular-shaped" thing was in the OP's egg - not "Will Owen", who you were replying to.

          And just out of curiousity - where did you find the info that a soft, tubular-shaped orange blob in an egg was the "start of a backbone".

          That's not how/where developing chicks start out.