September 18, 2010

Decoding the Carton: Eggs Are They Fresh?

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A hen lays only one egg a day, so imagine all the birds required to produce the 72 billion eggs Americans consume each year. Cluck, cluck!

No wonder eggs are so popular: They pack a powerful nutritional punch. The yolk naturally contains zinc and vitamins D, E and A. The white (called the albumen) is rich in protein, riboflavin, magnesium, potassium, sodium, sulfur and niacin.

Some things you need to know:
Are they fresh? All USDA inspected eggs require packing dates and plant numbers. But they could be confusing since about 15 states have their own egg safety regulations.

Expiration dates or sell-buy date: these dates extend no longer than 30 days from when the eggs were packed. Typically eggs will stay fresh 10-15 days after this date if properly stored.

Use-by or best before date: these dates are typically 45 days from packing.

Packing date: the day of the year (example: 12/26/10) would show "360") that the eggs were packed in the carton, usually within one week of egg laying.

When cracked, the egg's color is also a good indication of freshness and safety. Clear egg whites are from older, but safe eggs; pinkish egg whites mean the egg is spoiled and a cloudy egg white means it is VERY fresh. Blood spots in egg yolks are safe, but best bet is to remove them before cooking for eye appeal.

One of the best ways to tell if an egg you have at home is fresh is to see if it floats: fresh eggs will sink, while older eggs float. As an egg ages, air is absorbed though the shell and it loses water and carbon dioxide through the pores making it lighter.

More on eggs. Egg size reflects the age of the hen: the older the hen the larger the egg. The breed, the weight, and conditions where they're raised can also contribute to size. Conditions can involve heat, stress, overcrowding, or poor nutrition. Extra Large, Large and Medium are the most common, but there are also Jumbo, Small, and Peewee. Egg grades are about ratio and quality of white to yolk; they are AA, A, and B. Grades AA and A have thicker whites and firm round yolks than B Grade eggs.

The voluntary USDA grading program, regulates, creates standards, grades, and classifies eggs based on weight for quality and price relationship to enable more orderly marketing. Egg grades do not necessarily mean that eggs are “contaminant free” but that they are paying a fair price in accordance with the official identification.

Thanks Phil Lempert!

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RECIPE: What is your Favorite Sandwich

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I (Shana) thought this looked like a yummy idea using apples as the main ingredient in a sandwich. I Would love to hear your favorite sandwich ideas please comment on this post or on facebook. At our house Sunday is our quiet day so for dinner we do soup and sandwich in the colder months and salad and sandwich during the hot months. I make a "big meal" on Mondays.


8 slices whole-wheat bread
2 Tbsp reduced-fat mayonnaise
4 tsp Dijon mustard
8 slices soy cheese (any variety)
2 med Red Delicious apples, halved, cored, and thinly sliced
2 Tbsp chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 325ºF. Arrange bread on a baking sheet.

Spread mayonnaise and mustard on each bread slice and top each with cheese slice. Arrange apple slices on top.

Bake about 10 minutes, or until cheese has melted.

If desired, sprinkle each sandwich with walnuts. Press slices together or serve sandwiches open-faced. Click here to see this recipe on Vocal Point.


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Tiles & Smiles (Photo Tiles) $12 (Originally $25

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Today's eversave deals I think is a fun gift.  Today's save is $25 worth of credit for $12 at Tiles & Smiles!  I have never seen a photo gift like this one.   I think it would be a fun keepsake for a speical occasion.

Here are the side saves still available:


-One box of Athalon bars ($28 value) for $14
-Cooking for the Clueless 2-disc DVD set ($25 value) for $12


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Ruby Tuesday: Sunday or Monday $5 off $15

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Visit Ruby Tuesday's for Football this week and receive $5 off when you purchase $15. Only Valid Sunday Sept. 19th & Monday, Sept. 20th.

Not valid with Tuesday specials, Dinner for Two, Gift Cards, other coupon or holiday offers or for alcoholic beverages. Limit one coupon per check.

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CVS Weekly September 19th thru September 25th

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If you are new to shopping at CVS or just need help with some of the lingo in this post, visit my CVS 101 first.

You may also want to check out Couponing 101 if you are new to using coupons.

Thanks goes to My Baton Rouge Mommy for this week's matchup!

Get $1 in ECB for every fourth time you remember to use your "green bags".

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Final Price, varies

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Rembrandt Toothpaste $6.49 (Limit 2)
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Excedrin Deal (Limit 1)
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(08/29 SS) save $1.50 - 80ct. or more
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Final Price, varies

Huggies baby wipes 360 ct, Little Movers Jeans diapers, Jumbo pk diapers, Pull-Ups, GoodNites, or Overnites 2/$17.98 (Limit 1)
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(08/22 SS) save $1.50 Pull-Ups
Printable Coupon save $2.00 Pull-Ups
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