Although in America we’re used to seeing eggs in the cold section at the supermarket, in other parts of the world it is quite common to store them instead at room temperature. In fact, many cooks prefer to create their dishes using eggs that have been been kept outside of the refrigerator. When creating a meringue, for example, stiff peaks will occur sooner with room-temperature eggs. They also incorporate better with other ingredients, such as sugar or flour.
Handmade by a British maker using English terracotta clay, this egg rack provides a stylish and practical method for keeping up to one dozen eggs outside the refrigerator or bringing refrigerated eggs up to a more desirable room temperature, providing safe storage until you are ready to scramble something up.
These trays can be used to store up to one dozen eggs on your countertop or in the cupboard. Should you choose to keep your eggs in the icebox, take them out of the refrigerator and place them in this terracotta egg tray well before use. The cool, porous ceramic will help minimize sweating (which can promote bacteria) as the eggs safely and slowly rise to room temperature.
Terracotta is very sturdy, but as with any breakable object, it should be handled carefully to avoid chips and cracks. It is not recommended that these egg racks be placed in the dishwasher, as the sudden changes in temperature may cause the terracotta material to crack or break. Instead, clean by hand with warm soap and water and allow to air dry fully.
In 1911, Canadian newspaper editor Joseph Coyle improvised an egg tray out of leftover newsprint as a neighborly gesture to help resolve a dispute between a farmer and the hotel to which he was delivering eggs. The prototypes and first batches were all made by hand, but in 1919, Coyle invented a machine that would stamp the trays out of paper.
Based on Coyle's original design, these egg racks are made using English terracotta clay. Using molds, the clay is pressed and formed into the egg rack shape. The raw clay is then allowed to dry, reaching a "leather"? hardened phase. The leathered terracotta is then fired to over 1,000 degrees, which causes the water to be drawn out and the clay atoms and particles come closer together and eventually interlace, creating a strong, hard bond in a process called vitrification or partial glassification.
English terracotta egg racks for the secure storage of up to one dozen eggs at ready-to-use room temperature. Available in three colors: Mushroom, Green Apple, and Natural (unglazed). Made in Newark, England.
8.6 inches x 5.6 inches (21.8 cm x 14.2 cm)
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