Frequently Asked Questions

What are Golden Grains?

4 Grain eggs come from hens fed a wholesome diet, enhanced with Vitamin E and including these four grains: corn, wheat, flax, and soybeans.

Are 4Grain eggs kosher?

Yes. The Orthodox Union, the largest kosher certification organization in the world, certifies 4Grain eggs as kosher. Each 4Grain carton carries the OU symbol to clearly identify it as kosher. For Kosher information, see www.oukosher.org

Where can I buy 4Grain Eggs?

You can find 4Grain eggs in the egg section of dairy cases in select grocery stores across the country. If you are unable to find 4Grain eggs at your local store, ask your dairy manager, and then please e-mail us at sales@4grain.com so we can work together to bring 4Grain eggs to your supermarket.

How often does a hen lay an egg?

The entire time from ovulation to laying is about 25 hours. About 30 minutes later, the hen will begin making another egg. A hen lays about 9 eggs in a 10-day period.

Why do some hard-cooked eggs have a greenish ring around the yolk?

The harmless greenish ring is due to an iron and sulfur compound which forms when eggs are overcooked or not cooled quickly.

What is the difference between brown and white shelled eggs?

There are no nutritional or functional differences. Shell egg color is determined by the breed of hen and is not related to quality, nutrients, flavor or cooking characteristics. Since brown egg layers are slightly larger birds and require more food, brown eggs are usually more expensive than white.

How long will eggs keep?

Fresh shell eggs will remain good for 2-3 weeks after the “sell-by” or “best-before” date, if they are not cracked and have been refrigerated properly. They must be refrigerated as soon as possible after purchase from a refrigerated case. Hard cooked eggs should be kept in the refrigerator for no more than one week.

What is the best way to store eggs?

Keep store eggs in their carton to minimize absorption of refrigerator odors.

Is it safe to eat raw eggs?

It's best not to serve raw or lightly-cooked dishes made with eggs.

While the risk of salmonella poisoning from eggs is minimal, precautionary steps should always be taken to heat eggs for recipes calling for raw or lightly-cooked eggs.

Many recipes that require raw or undercooked eggs can be easily revised with a cooking step. Whole eggs, yolks, or whites can be combined with sugar, water or other liquid from the recipe and should be cooked over low heat until the mixture coats a metal spoon with a thin film or reaches 160° F.

Why are some eggs difficult to peel?

Fresh eggs may be difficult to peel. Eggs which have been stored for a week to 10 days before cooking will usually peel more easily, because the interior contents shrink and pull away from the inside of the shell.

What causes blood spots?

Small spots of blood (sometimes called "meat" spots) are occasionally found in an egg yolk. These do not indicate a fertile egg; they are caused by the rupture of a blood vessel on the yolk surface during formation of the egg. Most eggs with blood spots are removed during the grading process, but a few may escape detection. As an egg ages, water moves from the albumen into the yolk, diluting the blood spot. Thus a visible blood spot actually indicates a fresh egg. Such eggs are suitable for consumption. The spot can be removed with the tip of a knife, if you wish. Brown eggs commonly have specks of brown pigment floating in the egg white. These spots are not blood and are harmless to the consumer!

Are 4Grain eggs a good source of protein?

Yes, 4Grain eggs are a good source of protein. Protein is a part of every body cell and critical to the process of making new body tissue during times of growth, infancy, childhood, adolescence and pregnancy. In fact, many experts believe eggs are the best source of high quality protein. Each 4Grain egg contains 6.3 grams of much needed protein.

Why is Omega-3 important in my diet?

Omega 3’s are fatty acids which support brain and eye development in children. 4Grain hens’ special diet contains flax seeds, a beneficial source of the essential Omega 3 fatty acids, resulting in eggs containing two times the amount of Omega 3 fatty acids found in ordinary eggs.

What are 4Grain Cage-Free eggs?

The hens selected to lay 4Grain Cage-Free eggs are not kept in cages and are free to roam. The hens are provided with sunlight, shade, shelter, an exercise area, fresh air, and are protected from predators. Nests are provided for the flock from which eggs are collected either manually or on a mechanical belt.