Monday, June 30, 2008

Freaky Eggs


Things are getting freaky in the Red Ramekin kitchen. And no, this has nothing to do with food porn. Rather, it refers to the freaky eggs we recently purchased at our local, and until now seemingly unremarkable, Whole Foods.

It's about to strike midnight, and I was intending to save my blogging energy for tomorrow, but I had to get a quick word in about the alarming frequency with which we've been finding double-yolked eggs in this most recent dozen. We've only used four of them so far, and THREE, yes that's THREE (3) of them have been double-yolks!

I have always considered the double-yolk a rare and somewhat celebratory occurrence - something that happens once every year or so, at most. But right now I'm three for my last four. Is this normal? Have any of you, dear readers, ever had a similar experience? Or maybe there is some funky hormone circulating through my cage-free egg pool...

There is something oddly intriguing to me about the double-yolk phenomenon, so perhaps I am overreacting to this evening's excitement. It sure seemed exciting to crack open three of these anomalies in a row, though. Exciting indeed.

I wish I had a better picture, but alas, this is the type of experience to which even a great photo cannot do justice. Updates to come on the remaining eight specimens still left in the carton.



****Update: I'm now 5 for 6. Jonathan had "2" eggs for breakfast, both of which were doubles!

40 comments:

Pam said...

That's very odd. I know I'd be pissed if I bought those for baking...

Mia said...

Tell me about it! The first one I used for some chickpea and bulgur fritters, so it wasn't a big deal, but the second and third were for some brownies, and I didn't really know what to do...I ended up using one full egg (2 yolks) plus the white and part of a yolk of the other egg. In any case, the brownies were delicious :)

chiff0nade said...

GEEZZ! You've never seen a double yolked egg before?

My god, anytime you can afford to buy a dozen Extra Large or Jumbo eggs, you will have at least two or three of them with double yolks.

WTF??? It's an added bonus.

Some people don't get out very much.

But then, I am a PROFESSIONAL CHEF, highly educated at Peter Kump's Culinary School and now the SENIOR ADVISER at SeriousEats website, so I guess I am more experienced when it comes to eggs.

Lindsay said...

wow chiff0nade, you are kinda of snotty.

Luce said...

Actually Chiffonade, you're a troll. Please grow up.

Robin said...

Wow, that is very weird. 5 out of 6!

And don't mind Chiffonade, we've all suffered through rude comments from her!

Oh, and thanks for the shout-out!

Danielle said...

My roommate had 11/12 with double yolks a couple of months ago.

PeterMarcus said...

Double-yolks used to be fairly common in eggs a couple decades ago. Restaurants and bakeries that use yolks more than whites (for mousses, aiolis, bearnaises, hollendaises, etc) love 'em, so a lot of poultry places will actually run eggs through a bright light to see if they're doubles, and will try to push double-yolks toward their best customers. You're actually kind of lucky, I've only seen doubles maybe 2-3 times in the last 10 years.

jjrbillyg317 said...

I find that double & sometimes triple yolks are usually found in Jumbo sized eggs. I've rarely seen them in eggs that are smaller.

sarah @ Sweet Endeavors said...

wow, i have never seen a triple yolk. i think i would pee myself! he he. i can't believe you are up to 5/6 doubles. i got one a few weeks ago. i get overly excited about them too :D

DocChuck said...

Loved your post, but actually "double-yolk" eggs are not really all that rare today.

With the chemicals (hormones) that many egg producers are feeding their laying hens (I know because I used to own a farm in upstate New York), hens tend to lay larger eggs and more frequently.

If you shop at Trader Joe's, pick up a dozen of their "Jumbo" white eggs. Chances are that at least two or three of them will have double yolks. And possibly one of them will have a TRIPLE yolk.

Frankly, I think that the double yolks are somewhat of a bonus, especially if using the eggs for breakfast.

And if your baking ... getting "pissed off" would be a rather juvenile reaction since the extra yolk would only make your baked product better (richer).

Sally said...

I too, have been getting double yolkers from my girls, that are free range and not feed any chemicals. Only natural food and grain and recieve cuddles from me daily.
Hence, happy hens.
I love double yolkers, and its a great picture too.

Mina said...

I get my eggs from a farmers market and one vendor in particular ALWAYS sells "large" and "small" eggs...The large being a dozen double eggs. I don't know the how or the why of it but those are the ones I go for,double the eggs for the same money. I feel safe that they are not chemically induced mutants so I'm ok with using them.

Chocolate shavings said...

I think it's a sign of good luck! It hasn't happend to me in a while, but it's kind of fun when it does.

www.chocolateshavings.ca

Hillary said...

Whoa! Double yolk, huh? It's like you won the golden ticket! There are only so many of those.

Anonymous said...

About 10 years ago while I was living in Amman, Jordan, my Aunt would actually go buy double yolks specifically cause I thought they were so weird. We also used to buy double cherries and other "mutant" fruits and veggies. We mostly used them for scrambled eggs, so no complaints from me!

By the way, I don't think that was actually Chiffonade, it was someone else posting as her. I've seen them ALL over food blogs lately. Someone needs to get a life.

Genna said...

Double Yolks are good luck. Or so my mom always told me.

And no, that is not the real chiffonade posting. That's DocChuck pretending to be her. He does it all the time.

He supposedly had something to do with TasteSpotting's problems. Blog operators are now watching out for him.

http://deepdishdreams.blogspot.com/2008/01/tastespotting-stalker.html

Miss World said...

Its quite odd actually, and very rare! Its been ages since I've seen a double-yolked egg because the only way it happens is due to an abnormality to the producing cycle of the eggs-- the hen would either be young (like a first timer) or a hen that's cycle has gone a bit crazy :p but in all cases, its not too often!

LouiseAD said...

This weekend I purchase 1 doz organic eggs, we've cracked 6 and 5 so far have been double yolks...weird!!

Holly said...

so weird! I've only had one double-yolker this year (a regular large egg), and when I found out I was having twins a few days later, I thought it must have been a sign! But maybe I'm just a little superstitious. :)

Shelley.Livaudais said...

I'm 2 for 2 in my most recent package so far, and like Pam, I'll be irritated when I bake tomorrow if they're all like that.

Jada Ach said...

I just bought a whole crate--about 30 eggs--at a local fruit & fish market in NC. When I happily carried my crate up to the register, the cashier said, "I LOVE these eggs. These double yolk eggs are kind of like 2 eggs in 1."

Too shocked to take my tray back to the fridge, I paid for the eggs and walked them, confusedly, to my car. "Did she just say 'double yolk'?"

Yep...all 30 of them are double yolkers. Strange. I'm not sure how I feel about this.

allison said...

I cracked a double yoke egg for the first time last night, making a breakfast sandwich. After I cracked the egg I jumped back in horror. It kinda freaked me out, i thought it was gross. maybe i am weird.

Eric said...

Double yolks is normal production for a young hen. When the hens are between the age of 20 and 25 weeks 4% of the eggs they produce are double yolks. This percentage can be augmented by giving more hours of light. A hen lays 1 egg every 25 hours.

Katerina said...

Believe it or not, but there is a store in my neighborhood that sells boxes of "twin" eggs. Why would anyone want to buy that? It puts me off whenever I find one by accident.

pumpkinpie said...

I love your yolk cleavage photo!

:: said...

I only just stumbled on your blog now. Because I was curious about double yolked eggs.

When I was 6-7 I would often make brownies with one of my babysitters. She would frequently buy double yolked eggs. I do no know where from though! We always knew that's what they were, and so only had to crack one egg into the batter...

It's apparently not -that- rare if someone had enough for her to fairly regularly buy a dozen. But I've never found any since :)

Kyle Newton said...

That is strange, I came across this after looking double yolks up as I cracked 3 eggs 1 after the other all of which had double yolks, I haven't checked the rest yet. There's a picture of all 3 together on my blog if you want to view them...

Melissa said...

I bought a carton of jumbo organic eggs last week, and TEN out of the dozen were double yoke eggs! I was a little spooked, especially since up until now I've encountered double yoked eggs only a couple of times in my life, and 10 out of 12 seems like a statistical impossibility. As a kid I refused to eat them because I'm a twin, and I always felt like it hit a little too close to home :)

Anyway, the box says "Certified Organic", and I found this hard to believe until I read the comments above. Still, I'm going to avoid this particular brand for a while (irrational, I know!). For the chefs out there who aren't weirded out by "twin" eggs, try Quaker State Farms Jumbo Organic, distributed in NYC (and possibly elsewhere)

Anonymous said...

See my youtube.. sorry about my sign languages, but you may see the videos which i had the double yolked eggs that is shown... and you can read the side of the note , understand I said.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdBrfruDbO8 and you can leave a comment in my youtubeas well .. smile

Kristina said...

I had two double-yolked eggs in the last week after a years-long spell without any; I'm always pleasantly surprised to find them. I just use them like regular eggs. The resulting baked goods are better, if anything!

Rachel said...

While making green eggs and ham with my kindergarten students to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday today, 5 in our dozen were double-yolked. And...I always buy extra-large or jumbo eggs and have never in my life seen double-yolks! :)

Anonymous said...

I'M 4 FOR 4 RIGHT NOW AND I THINK THE OTHER 8 ARE DOUBLE YOLKS AS WELL. OCTO....CHICKEN????

Eric said...

Double yolk are totally normal! stop freaking people!

Anonymous said...

I found an ENTIRE carton of double yoked eggs. I started researching them, thinking it was some sort of genetic mutation. I guess it is more common than I thought. But still... I screamed after each consecutive double yoker. It freaked me out. Twelve... in a row.

I also wasted an entire carton of eggs. Whoops.

Anonymous said...

My wife and I just received some laying hens from the hatchery about a month ago. We've been raising them as pastured poultry and consistently have one hen who lays a double-yolker every day. These hens are treated better than organic and there is nothing unnatural or chemical about it. They get fresh range and a fresh paddock every day. Enjoy the double-yolked eggs. If you do some more research, you will find there is nothing wrong with them and no reason not to eat them or use them in baking. And to all of you worried about the twins, only if the egg was actually fertile and unless there would have been human intervention, the chickens would have fought in the egg before hatching and only one of them would have survived if either survived. It seems that until recently most commercial eggers candled their eggs and removed the double-yolks from the normal consumer circles. Enjoy your eggs! We just cracked a triple-yolker yesterday and it sure was good!

~David

Ginny said...

I bought a carton of 15 from my local market and so many of them were doubles! I had never seen one before, as I usually just buy from the grocery store. When I cracked open the first two for banana bread, I didn't quite know what to do as the recipe called for two eggs and these were doubles. So I just put them both in, and added a little more flour, banana, etc. It turned out just fine. Thank goodness.

L said...

My egg today had two yolks. I thought I was going mad when they both dropped out of the egg as I'd never seen or heard of this before. It's a strange and exciting feeling...or maybe I just don't get out enough :P

Xep said...

I cracked seven double yolks (five of them in a row) last night....then I freaked out and made my husband crack the next two...they also came out double.
They're from an organic farmer so I know they're not hormoned up....still trying to decipher what it meant....if anything...

Anonymous said...

Whats up dude

It is my first time here. I just wanted to say hi!