It isn’t what you’d expect!

You can usually find eggs with two different colors in the supermarket: brown eggs and white ones. Yet hardly anyone knows what the difference between those two really is. Because how does that difference in color come about? The answer is hilariously simple!

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We’ve gotten to the bottom of this mystery.

Chicken
You’ll probably burst out laughing now, because the answer is so obvious. The reason for one chicken laying brown eggs and another chicken laying white ones is … the color of the chicken! Yes, really. A chicken with white feathers lays a white egg and a chicken with brown feathers lays a brown egg. Did you know there are even chickens that lay spotted or even blue eggs?

Quality
You might be wondering if there’s any difference in quality between these differently colored eggs, because white eggs are often cheaper. There isn’t: this is simply a coincidence. In principle, these eggs are the same. If they do differ, then this is due to the food the chickens have eaten and the way they have been treated. There isn’t a difference in shell between brown eggs and white eggs either (apart from the color, of course). If you have an egg with a thin shell, then this is probably due to the fact that it has been lain by a young chicken.

It can be damaging to your health

When you buy your eggs in the supermarket, you get them of a shelf instead of out of a fridge. So, how should you store them at home? Can you keep them in the fridge or is it better to store them outside of it? We’ve got the answer for you, but it’s a little more complicated then you might think. When you buy eggs from the supermarket, it’s best to store them in the fridge. But where in the fridge matters quite a bit!

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It turns out that keeping your eggs in the refrigerator door isn’t the best idea…

Fridge door
That useful little rack inside your fridge door isn’t the best place to keep your eggs. Why? Because you frequently open and close your fridge door. Because of this, the eggs are regularly exposed to sudden changes in temperature. According to expert Vlatka Lake from the British Space Station this can lead to them becoming rotten much more quickly. Plus, the rack in the fridge door can cause an egg to burst when you’re cooking it.

Growth of bacteria
The best way to store your eggs is to leave them in their original box and place them at the back of your fridge. They will stay fresh for a longer period of time this way because of the stable temperature. This will prevent them from drying out as well. The cold temperature at the back of the fridge also counteracts the growth of bacteria, which means your chances of getting infected with salmonella are reduced. The ideal temperature to keep your eggs in is four degrees Celsius.

Chicken

Did you know most people place chicken in the wrong spot? Most people just chuck their groceries in the fridge without thinking twice about it. However, it is important to store chicken correctly. Poultry can contain salmonella, a bacteria that gives you diarrhoea which multiplies and spreads easily. That’s why it’s of utmost importance to store chicken correctly.

Lowest shelf

Store chicken on the lowest shelf in your fridge. According to food expert Mary Sacher, not many people know where to store chicken in the fridge. She explains that many people just want to be done with their errands, meaning they just put their groceries away at random. However, chicken shouldn’t be stored high up in the fridge. You should put it on the lowest shelf! Juices could leak from the meat and contaminate other foods in your fridge. Put the chicken in the bottom of the fridge to prevent this from happening.

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