The real question is - how do you store them efficiently, so that you always use the oldest first? Write the date on? In a box with the oldest at the front? Or do you test for freshness by dunking them in water to see whether they float?
If you're anything like me your storage solution will be a little haphazard - which means you don't really know whether the eggs you're eating were laid yesterday or a week ago.
Here's the answer to your prayers - the Egg Skelter.
This is what happens when you have chickens ... You get lots of eggs.
Here's how I stored mine when I first had my girls. I only had six hens but I hadn't thought through at all what I would do with all those eggs. Even giving a lot away to friends, this what what ended up in my fridge after just a week. (At that point I didn't realise that I needn't even keep them in the fridge).
I ended up with a heap of eggs but no way of knowing which were the oldest. I just had to take pot luck. Not very efficient.
The Egg Skelter is an ingenious invention, originally made by a husband who couldn't think what else to buy his wife as a Christmas present. She loved it so much that he made a few to sell privately to friends and family - and sold out in a matter of days.
Since then, this family business in a rural part of England has made more than 22,000 Egg Skelters which are now available all over the world.
It's made of powder-coated steel, so it's both light and very strong. I don't know much about welding but I do know a good quality product when I see one. I've had mine for around three years, and the paint is still intact, even at the joins.
In fact, there's not one single scratch on it.
It holds up to 24 medium to large sized chicken eggs (there is also a bantam version now). The idea is you put each egg on from the top, in the order they're laid. Older ones roll to the bottom so you always know which to use first.
I will only ever recommend goods I either already have myself, or wish I had.
I always award any product I review between one and five 'Golden Eggs'.
So how many Golden Eggs does the Skelter deserve?
I'm giving it a great big ...
Five Golden Eggs!
The Egg Skelter has only recently been made available in the United States. The main importer is Amazon. I've highlighted the cream coloured Skelter as it's the one I've got, but if you want another colour you'll find a good selection in the Amazon store.
Unfortunately, Amazon stores in other parts of the world don't stock the Egg Skelter. If you would like one and you're not in either the United States or the United Kingdom, please contact me and I'll try to find one for you.
Of course, I'll always let you know how much the total will be before you commit to buying. No hidden costs here. All I want is your satisfaction.
The cost would be the Egg Skelter itself, plus postage and packing.
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