Eggs are a main staple in Pinoy meals. What is a Pinoy breakfast without eggs? A typical Pinoy breakfast is a Silog (sinangag at itlog) meal, which is not only prepared in households but also offered in restaurants and specific silog-type kiosks.
Even our favorite dessert, Leche flan, is egg-based. Eggs are versatile—they can be cooked in many ways on their own, as an ingredient for other main dishes, baked products, or even desserts.
Nutritious and Delicious
The most important fact about eggs is that they are among the most nutritious and incredibly cheap foods. Eggs contain vitamins (B12, B2, A, B5, and many more) and essential minerals (selenium, calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, manganese, vitamin E, folate, and many more) for our health and nutrition.
Eggs, like meat and poultry, are a good source of protein and healthy fats. Most of the eggs’ nutrients are found in the yolks, while the whites have mostly protein. Eggs are very much accessible to most Pinoy households.
With all the benefits of eggs in our diet, nutrition, and health, we must know how to buy them, store them safely, and prepare them. You can purchase eggs in several places, such as the supermarket, wet market, or even a farmer’s market. Just make sure to buy from reputable stores or owners to ensure that you have the freshest eggs available.
Keep It Fresh!
Eggs are perishable food items, and their freshness matters. They can be stored at room temperature for 1-3 weeks if needed. However, after one week, the quality of the eggs will start to decline. If bought fresh and refrigerated, it can be stored in its original carton for up to 21 days in the fridge.
It is recommended to keep them in the main compartment rather than in the fridge door to prevent abrupt temperature changes when opening the refrigerator. There is no need to wash the eggs before storage, as this will remove the natural protective covering of the eggs.
The Sunny Side Of Things
Eggs can be used in many different food preparations. There are various ways to prepare eggs as a dish at home. Eggs can be cooked and served by cooking while in the shell (soft, boiled, and hard-cooked eggs), poaching, frying, and scrambling.
Overcooking eggs is undesirable as it makes the egg white gummy in texture or can result in a greenish tinge in hard-cooked eggs. To avoid overcooking hard-boiled eggs, directly put the cooked eggs in cold water or running water after boiling to stop the cooking process and make the peeling easier. Consume hard-cooked eggs within one week after cooking. Never leave cooked eggs or egg dishes at room temperature for more than 2 hours, as this can contaminate the food.
Given all the functions and benefits, we can conclude that eggs play a significant role in our diet and food habits. Eggs are a very versatile and nutritious food source. Ensuring that we have access to the safest and freshest eggs will guarantee that we get all the benefits eggs can offer.
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