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Eggs are small

Has anyone notice eggs are small nowadays? They were big a decade ago
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just like pizza boxes...large in the past is medium now.

Even prepack jello...use to be 6 in a pack now only 4 and charge the same.
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I buy the extra large sized eggs now because they are the same as the large from years back. I thought eggs were a standardized item (with grading systems in place), but I've noticed a change over the years.
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same for loaf of bread...use to be longer!
fancy rice bags use to be 10kg...now 8kg

toilet paper wider (makes sense....cause we get less food now)
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Lol. I noticed this myself as well.
Guess we'll just have to buy extra large eggs for recipes that call for large.
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.... chickens are getting tired Smiling Face With Open Mouth And Smiling Eyes come on people, they are not machines !
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Yes. My large eggs looks like what small ones used to be.
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I haven't noticed any difference. Been buying eggs since the 80s when I was a teen. The large size is still the right volume for all my recipes (baking).
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I should add, that I haven't noticed this, and I am all over the size-shrinking of all grocery store products. I notice that kind of stuff like a hawk and it pisses me right off. I hate the attempts to deceive people by making the packaging look the same while putting less and less in. You can barely make a sandwich from a can of tuna these days (I used to get 3 out of a can in the 80s). So, I do notice this stuff, but I can honestly say that eggs seem about the same size as always to me.
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In the 70's when I first got active in the kitchen the cheapest egg to buy was the medium, 49g, and any time there was a sale on eggs it was on mediums. Euro recipes that went by weight used the rule 1 egg = 50 g (didn't quite have grams yet here). Now the cheap eggs are always large, 56g, and you don't really see mediums around. So technically all my old recipes are screwed.*

So IMO eggs have gotten bigger over the last 40 years.

* in part by metric sizing like 250 ml for 1 US cup (237 ml). So a scant cup, a cup less a tablespoon is supposed to be 222 ml but on my Canadian cups it is 235 ml, which sounds like a non-scant US cup...Metric has made things bigger.

* And I just want to add that bake times and sizes of cookies have expanded wildly too (3X+) in the last 40 years. What used to be a regular cookie would now be called a bite. What we know as a cookie would have been a platter of 4 in 1975.

Yup, standards have gotten bigger in food IMO.
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I used to pick eggs laid by home grown chickens. Those eggs were substantially larger. I think chicken farms are breeding smaller chickens
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Chickinvic wrote:
Apr 11th, 2017 3:28 pm
I should add, that I haven't noticed this, and I am all over the size-shrinking of all grocery store products. I notice that kind of stuff like a hawk and it pisses me right off. I hate the attempts to deceive people by making the packaging look the same while putting less and less in. You can barely make a sandwich from a can of tuna these days (I used to get 3 out of a can in the 80s). So, I do notice this stuff, but I can honestly say that eggs seem about the same size as always to me.
I think the tuna is the same but the size of your slice of bread is bigger, requiring more tuna coverage. Bread has gotten bigger and thicker since I was a kid.
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thelefteyeguy wrote:
Apr 11th, 2017 2:37 pm
just like pizza boxes...large in the past is medium now.

Even prepack jello...use to be 6 in a pack now only 4 and charge the same.
so 14 inches from the past is longer than 14 inches in now?
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All of you shut your mouths and leave the OP alone.
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lecale wrote:
Apr 11th, 2017 3:38 pm
In the 70's when I first got active in the kitchen the cheapest egg to buy was the medium, 49g, and any time there was a sale on eggs it was on mediums. Euro recipes that went by weight used the rule 1 egg = 50 g (didn't quite have grams yet here). Now the cheap eggs are always large, 56g, and you don't really see mediums around. So technically all my old recipes are screwed.*
This is also why I also weigh my eggs. It's a pain in the butt having 5/16th of an egg but there's always something I can do with it.
* in part by metric sizing like 250 ml for 1 US cup (237 ml). So a scant cup, a cup less a tablespoon is supposed to be 222 ml but on my Canadian cups it is 235 ml, which sounds like a non-scant US cup...Metric has made things bigger.
This is why cups/tablespoons/etc is a stupid way of cooking when you want precision.
Even between different tablespoons I have like a 20% variance between models.
You literally have one job.
* And I just want to add that bake times and sizes of cookies have expanded wildly too (3X+) in the last 40 years. What used to be a regular cookie would now be called a bite. What we know as a cookie would have been a platter of 4 in 1975.
This has been true of all food really. I mean... could imagine explaining to 1975 you that you're about to drink a gallon of soda?
picard12 wrote:
Apr 11th, 2017 3:40 pm
I used to pick eggs laid by home grown chickens. Those eggs were substantially larger. I think chicken farms are breeding smaller chickens
You realize that eggs are sized right?
You can buy larger eggs.

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