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All you need to know about eggs

From spotting one that has gone bad to keeping them fresher with the right storage methods, Marketing Manager Yancy Tay from Chew’s Egg cracks the code for you.

1 Jul 2024
4 mins read

All you need to know about eggs

From spotting one that has gone bad to keeping them fresher with the right storage methods, Marketing Manager Yancy Tay from Chew’s Egg cracks the code for you.

1 Jul 2024
4 mins read

Eggs are one of the most versatile foods around. You can fry up an omelette, have them soft-boiled with kaya toast or use them in baking. It’s little wonder that every year in Singapore, we each consume about 400 eggs on average.

To ensure a resilient supply, Singapore’s eggs are imported from various countries, such as Australia, Poland and Brunei. According to the Singapore Food Agency (SFA), about 50% of our eggs come from three local egg farms, including Chew’s Egg. Chew’s Egg produces a staggering 1 million eggs every day, which are sold at stores like FairPrice.

Eggs from Chew’s Egg are delivered to stores within 24 hours after they are laid.

“Locally produced eggs don’t undergo a long transportation process, and are fresher upon arrival at the store. For our morning deliveries, the eggs were laid in the afternoon of the previous day, whereas eggs delivered in the afternoon are collected on the morning of that day itself. There is a reduced carbon footprint, too.”

Chew’s Egg uses the latest technology in poultry farming on its 20-hectare farm in Singapore.

“The taste of the eggs isn’t directly affected by plant-based food. However, plant-based feed reduces the potential for cross-species contamination and is better for our hens’ health. Since our hens do not consume hormones or antibiotics, their eggs are free of these, too. Plant-based feed often has a smaller environmental footprint, which contributes to the eco-friendly ways of rearing our hens and producing eggs.”

Every day, one million eggs are produced at Chew's Egg.

“Such flaws look unsightly but do not make the egg unsafe to consume. However, cracks on the shells can cause contamination and food poisoning. Our quality assurance team uses torchlights to look out for cracks while an egg inspection machine detects smaller hairline cracks. Such eggs are discarded. In addition, we disinfect all egg surfaces with UV light before packing them to minimise the risk of contamination.”

“Place it in a bowl of water. If it sinks and lies flat, it is fresh. Discard the egg if it floats up or stands upright. If the egg emits a strong odour or has a slimy texture, it is spoilt. Also, a fresh egg should have clear whites and a bright yellow or orange yolk. It should never have a pink, green or blue tinge.”

“Keep them in a cool, dry place away from other food or in the refrigerator. Keep the pointy end facing down as the blunt end has an air sac that can gradually enlarge during storage and may rupture, causing the egg to spoil faster.”

What to know about one of the most commonly eaten foods in our country:

  • While automation helps farms increase production, areas like animal handling, husbandry and quality control all still require the human touch.
  • Singapore increased the number of accredited egg import countries from 12 in 2019 to 17 in 2022 to better avoid the impact of disruptions.
  • Singapore’s fourth egg farm opening in Lim Chu Kang this year will produce 360 million eggs annually! With this, about half of the country’s egg demand will be met locally.

These days, when you look around the supermarket shelves, you will find more than just one type — or size — of chicken eggs. There are nutrition-enriched eggs laid by chickens on a vitamin-infused diet; cage-free or free range eggs laid by hens raised in humane environments; and even eggs that are super-sized (or smaller) for all your cooking needs.

Here are some options to get you all egg-cited.

Pasar Fresh Eggs – Omega 3

Eggs are already rich in protein, vitamins and minerals like iron, calcium and vitamin A. Make them even more of a nutritional powerhouse with this omega-3-infused variety. Omega 3 is a fatty acid that is believed to offer many health benefits, including reducing inflammation, pain and swelling.

Chew's Fresh Eggs – Organic Selenium

Part of the Designer Eggs range from Chew’s Egg, these are said to have a higher level of selenium as the mineral is added to the hens’ feed. Selenium is an antioxidant that is reported to fight stress in the body, support its immune functions and guard against health conditions like heart disease.

Seng Choon Lower Cholesterol Eggs – Carrot

Contrary to what they are called, carrot eggs are not laid by hens that consume carrots. Instead, the hens feed on alfalfa or marigold petals which help them to produce eggs with a high lutein content. Lutein is a carotenoid that prevents free radical damage, particularly in the eyes, skin and cells. Seng Choon’s carrot eggs are also said to be lower in cholesterol, compared to normal ones.

N&N Big Fresh Eggs

If you like frying up an extra big omelette or adding a supersized hard-boiled egg to your mee siam, get jumbo eggs like these. On the contrary, if you prefer to cook smaller eggs for young children, go for kampung eggs.

Pasar Singapore Fresh Cage Free Eggs

These locally produced eggs meet the Humane Farm Animal Care Program standards, which include giving hens an antibiotics-free diet as well as sufficient resting and roaming sheltered space for them to engage in natural behaviours. While cage-free eggs may not taste very different from other eggs, some believe that eggs laid by stress-free hens are healthier for human consumption too.

  • 390: The number of eggs consumed by the average person in Singapore in 2021.
  • 26%: The percentage of egg supplies produced by Singapore’s egg farms in 2019.
  • 4: The number of egg farms in the country by the end of this year.

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