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.


All of an egg’s Vitamins A, D, E and zinc are in the yolk.
A whole egg contains about three tablespoons of liquid, with the yolk accounting for one tablespoon.
How often a hen lays depends on its breed – some lay daily, others only once or twice a week.
The yolk contains high concentration of keratin (which is good for our hair) so extracts are often used in shampoos.
The yolk contains visible discs called “blastoderms”. In infertile eggs, the blastoderm is solid white.
A rooster is one of the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac. The next Year of the Rooster is 2017. If you were born in 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, or 2005 you’re thought to have a flamboyant or “cocky” personality!
The world’s smallest egg is laid by the bee hummingbird while the world’s largest eggs are laid by ostriches.
The record for the most yolks found in one egg is nine.
Eggs are graded using a process called “candling” in which they are passed over a bright light to check for internal defects.
If you drop an egg on the floor it is easier to clean up by sprinkling salt on it.