All about eggs

Inexpensive Egg Protein

Protein is an essential part of a nutritious diet, but for many people foods that supply protein are some of the most expensive items on the grocery list. Protein supplied by eggs is both high in quality and low in cost. One egg equals one ounce of lean meat, poultry or fish. This means you can use eggs as your main dish at a meal or you can use eggs to “stretch” more expensive protein foods.

Sizes

Egg sizes are Jumbo, Extra Large, Large, Medium, Small and Peewee. Medium, Large and Extra Large are the sizes most commonly available because hens most often lay eggs of these sizes. Sizes are classified according to minimum net weight expressed in ounces per dozen.

Egg Size

Ounces per Dozen

Jumbo

30

Extra Large

27

Large

24

Medium

21

Small

18

Peewee

15

 

Which size to buy

You can use any size egg for most basic egg recipes, including scrambled or fried eggs. However, most recipes for baked goods are formulas in which it’s important to maintain the proper proportion of liquid to dry ingredients and to have enough whole egg, white or yolk to perform the needed functions. Most baking recipes are based on Large-sized eggs. To substitute another size, use the following chart:

Large  

Jumbo  

X-large  

Medium  

Small 

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