Fun Facts About Eggs
- Worldwide, around 1.2 trillion eggs are produced for eating every year. The average person on Earth consumes 173 eggs a year.
- UK egg industry statistic suggest 12,500 million eggs consumed in the UK per annum so 200 + per person per annum.
- The Guinness World Record for omelette making is held by Howard Helmer, who made 427 omelettes in 30 minutes. our current 40g omelette cooking rate is 8,000 / hour
- The average hen lays between 250 and 270 eggs a year but some lay more than 300.
- “Nobody can eat 50 eggs,” (George Kennedy in the 1967 film Cool Hand Luke).
- The world record for eating hard-boiled eggs is 65 in 6min 40sec, by Sonya Thomas in 2003. She would have eaten more but they ran out of eggs.
- This year’s World Hard-Boiled Egg Eating Championship is due to be held at Radcliff, Kentucky, on Saturday, with a prize fund of $3,000.
- The brown or white colour of an eggshell is purely dependent on the breed of the hen.
- “A hen is only an egg’s way of making another egg,” (Life And Habit by Samuel Butler 1835-1902).
- Two ways of checking the freshness of an egg:-
Shake it – if it rattles it is not fresh
Place in a bowl of water – if it floats it is not fresh
- Why? When the hen lays an egg the shell is coated with a wax-like substance which deteriorates over time and the shell then becomes porous which allows evaporation of the water content of the egg white. This creates an air-sack which caused the internals to rattle and acts as a buoyancy aid.