Too Many Yolks

Individual pumpkin souffles, lots of (double-yolk) eggs

Lots of eggs were cracked last week in the pursuit of perfect pies and holiday soufflés. The mundane task took on a bit of suspense as one double yolk after another emerged. Four out of a dozen eggs—a full third—had two yolks. I’ve seen maybe one double yolk in my entire life, and now I was getting two in a row. What were the odds?


About 1 in 1000, it turns out.  But a little reasearch online found lots of comments from people who’d had the same experience recently; one woman supposedly scored a perfect 12 of 12. Everyone seemed to ask the same question: Is this becoming more common? Egg producers of various stripes say no, that double yolks are fairly common in the jumbo eggs we were using, and that they can often be found in the eggs of young hens that have just started laying or eggs from large-breed hens.

Still, considering that the comments mentioned purchasing eggs at large retailers such as Costco and Trader Joe’s (a Giant supermarket in our case), I couldn’t help but wonder about the practices of suppliers to America’s mega-mart food chain. It’s not much of a leap to connect the kind of mass production practices that gave us last summer’s egg scare to the bizarre appearance of four double yolks in a single dozen eggs. Anyone else had this experience?

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