When shopping, we want to buy the best products we can. But, we also need to know which products we must avoid at all costs. This may not come to mind at first, but be careful when you’re buying eggs. Especially the “farm fresh” ones. With this little trick, we’ll show you what exactly it means.
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A Part Of The Label Is Obvious
You’ll find that egg cartons usually contain a sell-by date or an expiration date. The main difference between these two is that you can eat eggs after their sell-by date, but you can’t eat them after their expiration date.
What About The Other Numbers?
On the picture we provided, there are two codes. The most important is the Julian date.
What Is A Julian Date?
The Julian date marks the date when the eggs were packaged. It’s a three digit code that ranges from 001 (January 1st) to 365 (December 31st).
For example, if a Julian code says 052, it means the eggs were packaged on February 21st.
You Know How Fresh Your Eggs Are
If you stumble upon “farm fresh” eggs with a Julian date that dates 30 days before you found them, you’ll know they’re not so fresh.
But, how exactly fresh are the “farm fresh” eggs?
It’s Just A Marketing Term
Though “Farm fresh” looks good on the label, it actually means nothing, according to US Humane Society president Paul Shapiro.
Why Does It Matter?
It doesn’t really matter. Supermarket bought eggs are safe to eat. It’s about the taste. The actual fresh eggs are always going to taste better the market bought eggs. How can you tell them apart? – It’s easy. If the yolk has a deeper orange tint to it, it’s a fresh egg.
Where Do You Get Fresh Eggs?
Rather than trying to find the slightly fresher eggs at the supermarket, you might try a local farmer’s market.