Today’s blog is all about eggs, I hope you’re as egg-cited as I am! I’ll be sharing some fun facts about eggs, along with NCP panel member data we’ve collected.
Eggs contain several essential vitamins and minerals and in many parts of the world, eggs are a readily available, inexpensive food. They’re versatile, too. Many people enjoy them fried, hardboiled, scrambled, etc. Eggs are a staple in our home. A favorite breakfast in my family is scrambled eggs. While I like to add some shredded cheese to my scrambled eggs, my daughter, a ketchup fanatic, loves putting ketchup on hers, as well as on many other foods (I won’t go into which foods because sometimes it really baffles me, lol).
If you eat eggs, what’s your favorite way to prepare them? Let me know in the comment section below!
NCP On Facebook
On National Consumer Panel’s Facebook page, we recently asked:
“If you buy eggs on a regular basis, what matters most to you when shopping for them? Price, brand, size, organic, etc.” Most of our panel members and followers commented that price and size were most important to them when buying eggs. What matters most to you when buying eggs?
If you haven’t liked our Facebook page yet, please check it out. It’s a great way to interact with other members, answer fun questions and share your shopping opinions, and keep up to date with NCP.
NCP Panel Egg Stats
– NCP panel members purchased the most eggs in January, February and March. They purchased the least number of eggs in September.
– NCP panel members purchased a carton of a dozen eggs most often, followed by an 18-egg carton, then a 24-egg carton.
– 85% of NCP panel members’ egg purchases were white eggs and 15% were brown eggs.
– Most NCP panel members’ egg purchases were large size eggs, followed by jumbo size.
NCP panel members share their important shopping information and influence what you see on store shelves. If you’re not a member and you’re interested in joining, click here to sign-up!
Fun Facts About Eggs
I came across some fun facts about eggs from the Farmers’ Almanac that I think you’ll enjoy.
– Chef hats traditionally have pleats equal to the number of ways that you can cook an egg.
– It takes a hen between 24 and 26 hours to develop an egg. Once she lays an egg, the development of a new egg normally starts within 30 minutes.
– Eggshell colors have nothing to do with the flavor or nutritional value of the egg. Brown, white, and even blue and green eggshells are simply indicative of the breed of hen.
– A hen’s diet determines the color of the yolk. Some producers feed natural supplements like marigold petals so that their hens lay eggs with brighter yolks.
– White eggs are more popular among commercial producers because chickens that lay white eggs tend to be smaller than their brown egg-laying cousins, therefore needing less food to produce the same number of eggs.
– Most of today’s egg-laying hens are White Leghorns (white eggs) or Rhode Island Reds and Barred Plymouth Rocks (brown eggs).
– Not all chickens create eggs equally. Some breeds lay eggs almost every day. Other breeds lay eggs every other day or once to twice per week.
– When it comes to the number of eggs laid each year, Iowa leads the nation with more than 14.8 billion eggs produced annually. Ohio is the next state in line, producing 7.9 billion eggs each year.
– Because older eggs have larger air cells, they’re much easier to peel than fresh eggs.
Panel members: If you buy eggs, don’t forget to scan them! It’s egg-tremely important that all purchases are scanned so NCP gets a complete and accurate view of your shopping choices and habits.
Sweepstakes Update: The winners of the NCP Blog Spring Flowers Scavenger Hunt Sweepstakes will be announced on Monday, April 4th.
Have an egg-cellent weekend!