Egg Art: How to pick out a good egg

Choosing a good egg is essential to the outcome of your egg art. I have written an article about how to cherry pick grocery store eggs, if you do not have access to fresh eggs. What the article does not cover, is what to do after you get them home.

After you get your eggs home, you are going to pick out the cream of the crop.

I use an egg-candling light that I happened to find at a garage sale for a few bucks. If you can find one, grab it. They are awesome. If not – no worries – I have other methods.

If you have a small LED flashlight, you can use that, and if all else fails, you can do what I did for several years when I was first starting out, and use the refrigerator light!

Place the light source gently against the bottom (the rounded end, not the pointy end) of the egg. If you are using the refrigerator light, hold the egg slightly under, and in front of the bulb. Position the egg against the light until you get a good glow. You want to illuminate the whole inside of the egg.

Move the egg around to see all sides. Now you will see what you did not see in the grocery store. Hairline cracks, spider fractures, really thin areas, and bright spots that are almost a hole in the shell.

A few thin areas or semi-bright spots are OK. Thin areas shine brighter when lit. If the thin area is larger than the size of a dime – discard it. If the bright spots are really bright and could be a pinhole – discard it. Discard all cracks and fractures.

Choose the best of the bunch, and put them in a separate container so nobody fries them up for breakfast. I put a note on mine: “The Mama’s Eggs – Do Not Eat”