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Kosher Eggs

Kosher Eggs

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Only eggs from kosher fowl are kosher. These include chicken, Cornish hens, ducks, geese, and turkey.

The prohibition of eating blood applies even to the smallest drop of blood, and thus any blood spots found in an egg renders the egg non-kosher.

Each egg should be opened into a clear dish or glass and checked for blood spots before it is cooked or combined with other food. If a blood spot is found, the whole egg must be discarded, and the cup or dish should be immediately and thoroughly washed with cold water.

When boiling eggs, it is customary to boil at least three eggs at a time. Some people have a separate pot just for boiling eggs.

If a blood spot is found in a boiled egg, the whole egg must be discarded.

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January 5, 2014
duck vs chicken
in chicken we have certain non kosher like the white silkie which is also called a chicken ;how about duck ,all duck are kosher ?
star stern
brooklyn
January 5, 2014
how can you generalise chicken as kosher while some chickens are not ;like white silkies
star stern
brooklyn
June 23, 2012
Conflicting information
When it comes to blood spots, some people are saying it's a result of fertilization and other people say it is the result of a burst vessel during egg production in the hen. From what I understand, eggs bought in a store have never been fertilized.
The brown ones have more blood than the white ones, probably due to the difficulties of "candling" the darker eggs.
Where I live, "Free run" come in brown and white (boxes of 6), but "Organic" only seems to comes in brown. It is a shame that people think brown is healthier than white.
Bill
Montreal
June 3, 2011
Brown and white eggs
The pigmentation of an egg is dependent upon genetics and the origination of the species, much like melatonin in humans. Blood spots are typically indicative of fertilization, which is usually arrested by removing them from the nest.The white eggs from commercial farms have been irradiated and are painted for uniformity. Brown egg layers are popular with organic and natural farmers because they tend to be from heritage breeds. Most farmers that use these methods also have strong feelings about preserving agricultural history. Like many modern foods livestock have been bred and even genetically modified for commercial purposes. Over the last century food has changed in its appearance. What is now an exotic fruit or vegetable used to be normal. Carrots are a good example, normal colors were red, white and even purple with orange being rare. The same with eggs, brown was the norm.
Tammy
Conway, SC
May 29, 2011
brown/white eggs
The color of a chicken's feathers is not related to egg color. The white earlobe of any chicken indicates white eggshells. Odd, eh? Red earlobes indicate eggs will have brown shells. There is no nutritional difference.
The one exception is Ameraucana hens who lay blue-green eggs.
Trust me. I have over 800 chickens of many breeds and learned this years ago. All our Ameraucanas have tufts of feathers sticking straight out of their ears and since they range in feather color, it's those ear tufts that tell me what breed they are and their eggs will be blue.
Hylla Evans
Sonoma, CA
May 29, 2011
Brown eggs and white eggs
My friend explained to me that the reason that brown eggs have more blood spots than white is that the process in egg farming of candling, or putting light behind eggs to look for blood spots, is more effective with white eggs than with brown.
Unfortunately, most organic eggs are brown, I believe for marketing purposes. The brown eggs are not more natural, but come from brown chickens, and the white ones are from white chickens.
Lois
Brooklyn, NY
May 4, 2011
RE: Kosher fowl laying Kosher eggs?
Other than blood spots, there really is not much other concern regarding fully-developed eggs from kosher fowl.

Some rare issues to be aware of:

Some partially developed eggs that are found inside of a slaughtered bird are considered to be "meat" and may not be eat with dairy.

An egg--even if is fully developed--that was found inside of bird that was not slaughtered according to Torah law is problematic.

About what goes into ensuring that the actual chicken is kosher, I suggest that you have a look at this article Chabad.org/1068174.
Rabbi Menachem Posner
April 25, 2011
Kosher fowl laying Kosher eggs?
Just a quick observation. I am struggling here with this one, especially as one who has raised livestock and eggs for food. I can understand kosher eggs from clean chickens or from chickens that are thought to qualify as Kosher, but there are other issues in slaughter and meat handling that might disqualify any clean chicken as non-kosher. .... or have I missed the section on kosher live animals? Please point me in the right direction. Thanks.
Anonymous
Fort Collins, CO
May 10, 2010
to Steven
Great questions. To understand more about blood spots in eggs, I recommend this article (from the Orthodox Union): http://www.oukosher.org/index.php/common/article/eggs_and_blood_spots/
Rabbi Menachem Posner for chabad.org
May 8, 2010
kosher eggs
If a boiled egg with a bloodspot is not kosher and needs to be discarded. What requirements are placed on a kosher restaurant when offering boiled eggs as an option on its menu? if it serves a non kosher boiled egg would it lose its licence? at what stage is the non kosher egg actually deemed to be not kosher?
steven hope
hong kong
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