I love the tiny brown speckles on the eggs! They're so cute!!!
I know there is a lot of different opinions on whether or not to wash eggs before consumption. I've done a lot of reading and talked to RNH's grandma about it. I've determined that I will not wash my eggs. Commercial eggs are rinsed with special machines that regulate the temperature of the water to an exact science. The water must be a certain degree, otherwise the "bloom" inside the shell layer of the egg will break down, making the egg susceptible to bacteria. I don't have a way of regulating the temperature of the water in my kitchen, and knowing that RNH's grandma never washed her eggs and never had a problem, I decided to go without. Simply brushing off any poo and washing my hands after handling the eggs will be sufficient. (Hopefully!)
I also noticed how much smaller my hen's eggs are compared to commercial eggs. I read that as the chickens get older, the egg size will increase. Right now they're a bit smaller than the ones I usually buy in the grocery store.
I was pretty excited to crack open my first two eggs. I'll admit, I was a tad worried that the hen had set on the eggs for the past three days and the egg might be a bit more developed than I wanted. But it was my first egg and I wasn't going to let fear get in the way of tasting my first egg! I cracked it into a bowl and found...
a blood spot. At least I'm assuming that is what this black thing is. I thought a blood spot would be red, but this was very much a black spot. I'm pretty sure it is a blood spot anyway. I've read that a blood spot is the beginning of a fertilized egg, aka baby chick! Ew! I don't like to eat baby chicks... Anyways- I also read that when hens first start laying, the presence of blood spots are more likely. What to do, what to do?!?!
I gathered up some courage and ignored the blood spot by pulling it out with a spoon. Then I scrambled the egg and forgot about it! The events leading up to my cooking the eggs weren't really that dramatic, but I figured the story might sound a bit better if I was scared of the egg! I don't think blood spots are really that big of a deal now that I've encountered my first one. I know a lot of people just throw the whole egg out if they find a blood spot. I definitely didn't want to waste my first egg, so you know I had to cook it! The egg tasted just fine with or without blood spot!
I never thought there would be such a huge difference in the way store-bought and farm-raised eggs would taste. Farm eggs are much fluffier and richer tasting. They are all around a much better egg. I don't know if I'll ever be able to buy eggs from the grocery store ever again. I'm so impressed with my ladies!!!