Friday, July 8, 2011

Myth: Throw away eggs with blood spots in the yolk.

broken egg shell with egg spilling out
Answer: Busted!

Occasionally, a small blood spot will appear in an egg yolk. This actually indicates an extremely fresh egg. This does not indicate a fertile egg, but rather a ruptured capillary on the yolk surface during the egg formation. These eggs are safe to eat and the blood spot can be removed with a knife for better appearance.

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Contributor: Maude Harris, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, University of Missouri Extension,, 573.545.3516

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