McDonald’s made waves when it extended its breakfast hours in 2015 to include all-day McMuffins instead of cutting the morning foods off at 10:30 a.m. If the later hours mean you’ve been ordering from the fast food chain’s breakfast menu more often, you might want to know a secret about its eggs.
Most of the egg dishes at McDonald’s use a “folded egg.” It looks like a standard omelet folded up, but the ingredients list reveals that in addition to nonfat milk, the egg liquid also contains modified food starch, salt, and citric acid. The folded eggs used in McGriddles, and biscuit and bagel sandwiches are cooked and folded in another location, then frozen and shipped to the McDonald’s restaurants, according to the company. (Not a fan of frozen eggs? Here’s how to make your favorite McDonald’s menu items at home.)
The scrambled egg sausage mix in a McDonald’s breakfast burrito are also precooked by food suppliers, then mixed in with a laundry list of other ingredients such as meat, vegetables, spices, sugar, and additives—including dextrose and xanthan gum—before being frozen. Restaurants microwave the egg mix to reheat it. Meanwhile, the liquid used to make scrambled eggs in the Big Breakfast contains just eggs and the preservative citric acid, and they’re cooked fresh on location.
To get the freshest egg possible, you’ll want to order a McMuffin. Unlike the other breakfast sandwiches, McMuffins are made with “round eggs”—a whole egg cracked into a metal egg ring that keeps the egg in the right shape. (Here’s a trick for making your own perfectly round eggs at home.) If you order yours with egg whites, your protein won’t come from a fresh egg, but the egg white liquid doesn’t contain any extra ingredients.
No worries if you want a freshly cracked egg but prefer a McGriddle or biscuit base. “If you want real eggs on your breakfast sandwiches instead of the liquid stuff, you can put a round egg onto any breakfast sandwich,” former McDonald’s employee Chuck Chan reveals on Quora. “Just ask for a ‘round egg’ on it.”
Want more insider info on the fast food chain? Learn the secret flavor behind McDonald’s fries, and find out why Coke tastes better at McDonald’s than anywhere else.
[Source: Business Insider]