Double Yolk Dilemma
Decided on a bacon and eggs fry up last night. Always 5 bits of short cut and two eggs. First egg cracked was a double yolker, 1 in 1000 chance aparently. What do I do.. Count the two yolks as one egg...call it two eggs.. or get my food OCD under control.
Been many a year since I got a Double Yolker.
The Daily Mail recently ran a story about a woman in Cumbria who discovered a box containing six double-yolked eggs, odds of one quintillion to one against. (A quintillion is a million million million.).
So how does a double yoker come to be, let me explain:
The egg is 'assembled' in the hen's oviduct, a process in which the ovum, which consists of the hen's genes plus the yolk, is surrounded by the egg white and the shell.
The process is controlled by a series of hormones that tell the hen's body when to make the parts of the egg and in which order.
Double-yolk eggs result from an error in this process, caused by yolk production becoming unsynchronised with that of the rest of the egg.
Two yolks can become 'backed up' in the system and end up being released at the same time and in the same egg. You can even get three or more yolks in one egg - the record is a nine-yolker.