English terracotta egg racks designed to help keep up to six eggs handy and ready to use at room temperature. Available in Mushroom, Green Apple and Natural (unglazed). Handmade in Newark, England. (
Whether you're cooking solo or your recipe doesn't require many eggs, sometimes a half dozen is all you need. These egg racks are ideal for keeping up to six eggs conveniently at hand outside the refrigerator, a method of storage prevalent in many countries outside the U.S. Fresh, organic, cage-free eggs are the best candidates for this type of storage (and frankly, we wouldn't want you to buy anything less).
Should you choose to keep your eggs in the icebox, take them out of the refrigerator and place them in the rack well before use. The cool, porous ceramic will help the eggs safely and slowly rise to room temperature without sweating, which can promote bacteria.
Many cooks prefer to create their dishes using eggs that have been stored at room temperature rather than refrigerated, as they tend to react more quickly, rise more easily, and incorporate better with other ingredients, meaning higher cakes with a tender crumb that bake up in a jiffy.
These trays can be used to store up to six eggs on your countertop or in the cupboard.
While terracotta is very sturdy, 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 that is pressed and formed into shape using molds. The raw clay is then allowed to dry, reaching a "leather" hardened phase. The leathered terracotta is fired to over 1,000 degrees, which causes the water to be drawn out and the clay atoms and particles to come closer together and eventually interlace, creating a strong, hard bond in a process called vitrification or partial glassification.
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