Sep 12, 2014

Eggs...Medium, Large or Extra Large

I’ve been confused about eggs lately. Having grown up on a small farm with chickens, I remember all our eggs being large. Nowadays, I'm noticing that eggs in that carton marked Extra Large are not all the same size. I recently bought some extra large, and many of the eggs looked the same size as the large eggs I still had, or smaller. It got me thinking. Are we consumers being duped? How do we know we’re getting what we pay for?

I decided to do some digging, and found Southern States website. According to them, eggs are not sized individually, but rather sized by the combined weight of one dozen eggs.

Therefore, logically, I could buy a carton of extra large eggs with a few small, medium, large and extra large, as long as the total weight comes out to the minimum per-dozen weight of 27 oz. I guess it wouldn't matter if I'm making one big omelette, would it?

Below is the size/weight chart they use for a dozen eggs:

Size Category
Minimum Weight
18 oz.
21 oz.
24 oz.
27 oz.
30 oz.

What do y’all think? Would you like that box of extra large eggs to have 12 extra large eggs in it?

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Anonymous said...

Seems like I get a lot of medium ones in my extra large box.

Anonymous said...

I've noticed the different size eggs in on carton too.

Trudy said...

Wonder when they started putting different sized eggs in a carton. Seems like not that long ago they were all the same size. Everything changes I guess.