It's great, isn't it? Beautiful, healthy, fresh produce every day.
The real question is - how do you store them efficiently, so that you always use the oldest first?
Of course, you can write the date on each one, or maybe keep them in a box with the oldest at the front.
Which is fine, as long as you remember to do it. And providing none of your family turns the box around...
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.
Introducing the answer to your prayers - the Egg Skelter!
I've had this Egg Skelter (the one in all the pics in this article!) for over five years, so I know it pretty well.
Here's my full, no-holds-barred review of it including what works well, what doesn't work so well and whether I would recommend buying it.
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 didn't need to 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The Egg Skelter is an ingenious invention, originally made by a husband who couldn't think what else to buy his wife as a Christmas present.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 25,000 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 now for more than five years, and the paint is still intact, even at the joints.
In fact, there's not one single scratch on it. Not one. Remember that, when you're asking about the price...
It holds up to 24 medium to large sized chicken eggs (there is also a bantam version). The idea is you put each egg on starting at the bottom, in the order they're laid. Older ones are therefore always at the bottom so you have no doubt which to use first.
As well as having used this daily for over five years, I've read more or less all the reviews of the Egg Skelter.
Strangely, a lot of them don't focus on the quality of the Egg Skelter but on how well the eggs do or don't roll. There's one important thing to remember here: this is not a toy! It's a way of storing eggs!
How to solve that problem?
Simple - I've just bought another one!
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 does the Skelter deserve?
I'm giving it a great big ...
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 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 tell you how you can source one.
However, please bear in mind that shipping and import taxes add considerably to the price. Only get in touch if you're prepared to pay.
I originally wrote this review in 2012. My Skelter is still going strong and its only downside is that one is not enough - so I have just bought another!
It still has no marks, no chipped paint, and the joints are as strong as ever. And trust me, mine is used every single day. I've bought several as gifts for friends and family and they have had exactly the same excellent experience.
Since the Skelter became popular, a lot of imitations have sprung up on various different seller sites. They're cheaper, but the quality is just nothing like as good. They're often made in China.
You can see from my review exactly how well made the Skelter is, and the fact that I've now had it for 5 years is a testament to its quality.
So be careful that you are buying the real Egg Skelter and not a poor imitation.
And by all means, buy a cheaper version if you want to, as long as you realise it's nothing like the excellent quality of the original.
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