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Focus on: Asda’s guide to eggs

Get your family excited about healthy eating with our easy egg guide

By Shannon Wilson, 07 January 2016
Focus on: Asda’s guide to eggs

Eggs. We eat them scrambled, boiled and fried, on toast, with beans or by themselves. You name it – everyone’s got a favourite way to eat them. Asda’s Community Life is all about supporting healthy eating and eggs are not only a vital ingredient in many of the world’s favourite sweet and savoury dishes – they’re also good for you! This is because eggs contain a lot of essential vitamins, such as vitamin D and B12, and minerals including selenium and phosphorus. They're also a good source of protein, which supports the growth and maintenance of healthy muscles and bones. 

UK consumers eat around 11 billion eggs a year - that's around 350 eggs a second!

Did you know? UK consumers eat around 11 billion eggs a year  – approximately 31 million eggs a day, or 350 every second? That’s a lot of eggs!

All about our eggs

All of Asda’s fresh eggs are sourced from UK farms and each egg has a British Lion stamp on it, which not only means that the eggs are high quality but shows that these farms meet specific welfare and hygiene standards monitored by the British Egg Industry Council.

Some of our eggs are produced and sold locally, for example, in Lancashire, Yorkshire and Kent. We also sell eggs from Welsh farms in Wales and Scottish eggs in Scotland, which means you get the best out of your local produce, supporting local farmers to boot.

All about the hens

Did you know? An average hen lays a massive 300 to 325 eggs a year.

Most of the fresh eggs we eat in the UK are from hens kept in an indoor farming system.  They have nestboxes for laying their eggs and the eggs roll on to a conveyor belt and are collected by the farmers, who must look after their flocks in accordance with the British Lion welfare standards.

Different types of eggs

Asda stocks lots of different kinds of eggs so that you have the choice to decide what eggs suit you best.

Free Range

Free Range eggs are produced by hens that can roam outside during daylight hours. They then lay their eggs inside in nestboxes and are kept in the hen house overnight to make sure that they are safe from foxes and bad weather.

Organic

Organic eggs are produced by free range hens which are fed a special organic diet, containing no additives or colouring. The hens can roam on organic land and are kept to the welfare standards of both the British Egg Industry Council and The Organic Farmers and Growers Organisation, so you know you’re getting quality produce.

Did you know? The largest egg ever had five yolks and was 31cm around the long axis.

Boil an egg today

As well as being good for you, eggs are delicious and one of the most versatile ingredients to cook with, so it’s well worth teaching your kids to cook them.

It’s easy to get your children interested as eggs are fascinating – the magic of cracking them open, cooking a boiled or fried egg so that the white is solid and the yolk is runny, the ability to whisk egg whites into meringue and how eggs help cakes rise are all things that make eggs great all-round magicians!

Did you know? The longest throw of a fresh egg  – without it breaking – is 98.51 metres. The record was achieved in Texas, USA, in 1978.

It’s really easy for the kids to learn how to boil an egg with adult supervision and once they’ve learned they’ll have a fundamental cooking skill, mastering the basis of many quick and simple meals, from picnics, sandwiches and salads, to dippy eggs and soldiers for breakfast. Yum!

Scrambled eggs and omelettes are easy to make too. Give our delicious frittatas a go for a tasty and healthy weekend lunch for the whole family.