Egg info + tips

Useful tips and tricks to help you make the most of Sunny Queen eggs

Beating egg whites

When whipping egg whites for meringues and desserts, make sure the eggs are at room temperature and heat the beaters in hot water for a few minutes. The whites will beat more easily to a beautiful, light froth with greater volume.

Extra tips:

  • Ensure the beaters are completely dry before whipping because even the slightest amount of water or residue will prevent soft peaks forming.
  • Also make sure that the bowl you are using is free from any residue and is totally clean and dry.

Separating eggs

To separate egg whites, always separate the egg over a small bowl then put the white into your mixing bowl. It is best not to separate eggs over your main mixing bowl. This is to prevent your egg whites being contaminated by yolk. Yolk contains fat which will spoil the stiff-peak effect of egg whites.

If you are separating eggs and do get yolk in the egg white, dampen the corner of a tea towel or hand towel and dip it into the bowl. The yolk will adhere to the dampness of the towel and you will be left with just the egg whites.


Freezing eggs

Egg whites can be easily frozen and thawed for future use. Freeze each egg white in an ice cube tray for easy measuring, and then transfer to either a freezer bag or container. Thawed whites will beat to a better volume if allowed to sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes.

Freezing egg yolks is not as easy as freezing egg whites as the gelatinous nature of the yolks causes them to thicken or gel when frozen. To help retard this, beat in either 1/2 teaspoon of salt (for savory) or 1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar (for desserts) per 1/4 cup of egg yolks (approximately 4 yolks).


Egg size guide

Using the correct sized eggs in recipes can sometimes mean the difference between success and failure. Eggs are graded according to egg weight, not egg size. Use our Sunny Queen Farms egg sizes guide to ensure your recipes are a success.

Large

50 - 58.9g

Extra large

59 - 66.9g

Jumbo

67 - 71.9g

Extra jumbo

72 - 78.0g

Sunny the egg wearing a headmasters mortarboard

The Heggmaster

These bright round yolks are rich in choline, a vitamin B-like nutrient. Your brain uses choline to make acetylcholine, important for maintaining memory communication among brain cells. No wonder Sunny is full of interesting facts & figures, check them out below.


Did you know that punks use egg whites to harden their mohawks? Eggstreme!
The white can increase six to eight times when it’s beaten.
It’s illegal to eat a chicken with a fork in Gainesville USA, the “Chicken Capital of the World”.
The largest bird egg in the world, laid by the now extinct Madagascan elephant bird, was 180 times bigger than an average chicken’s egg!
The white is more transparent than truly “white” – this cloudy appearance comes from the carbon dioxide which escapes through pores in the shell as an egg ages.
There are 150 species of chicken and at least 200 different varieties and breeds.
Domestication was thought to have started in Vietnam more than 10,000 years ago. Other sources claim Europeans had hens as early as 600 BC and that they were brought by Columbus on his New World voyage to China in 1400 BC.
Chickens can recognize each other’s faces and will avoid chickens they don’t know.
The yolk accounts for 33% of an egg’s liquid weight but contains approximately 59 calories.
Hens are typically most productive in their first two years of life.