The Average Age Of A Supermarket Egg May Surprise You

Jan 27, 2016 By Archit Tripathi

I'm not a daily routine kinda guy, but one thing I love to eat is eggs. I'll eat eggs anytime of the day and with just about anything. I drop/poach some in my ramen soups, scramble one into a stir fry, use one to top off a burger or sandwich and, of course, have one sunny side up with my toast. Eggs are absolutely delicious and even though they're a little high in cholesterol, they're a great source of healthy protein. 

Unfortunately, for the majority of us, the eggs we get from our supermarkets are but a pale shadow of real, farm fresh eggs that are straight from the chicken coop. Fresh egg yolks tend to have a lot more flavor as well as a much more intense orangish-red color instead of the yellow ones we're used to seeing daily. The fresher the egg, the better it'll taste. If it's organic and/or free-range, that's even better.

The problem with most store-bought eggs is that they are far from "Farm Fresh," despite what the happy farmer logos on the cartons may wish to suggest. In this video by the J&J Acres YouTube channel, we learn about a product code that most consumers may not be aware of. On every carton of eggs is the "best by/sell by" date that we are all used to, but there are also some other numbers. These numbers represent the day of the 365-day year they were packed. For instance, "001" would mean packed on January 1, while "365" would mean packed on December 31. By looking at this number, you can get an idea of roughly how old those eggs already are before you take them home.

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