Chicken egg sizes

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Medium white eggs in carton

Chicken eggs are graded by size, for the purpose of sales. The United States Department of Agriculture sizing is based by weight per dozen.[1] The most common US size of chicken egg is 'Large' and is the egg size commonly referred to for recipes. The following egg masses have been calculated on the basis of the USDA sizing:

Modern Sizes (USA)
SizeMass per eggCooking Yield (Volume)[2]
JumboGreater than 2.5 oz. or 71 g
Very Large or Extra-Large (XL)Greater than 2.25 oz. or 64 g56 mL (4 tbsp)
Large (L)Greater than 2 oz. or 57 g46 mL (3.25 tbsp)
Medium (M)Greater than 1.75 oz. or 50 g43 mL (3 tbsp)
Small (S)Greater than 1.5 oz. or 43 g
PeeweeGreater than 1.25 oz. or 35 g

In Canada, modern egg sizes are defined as follows:

Modern Sizes (Canada)[3]
SizeMass per egg
Jumbo70 g or more
Extra Large63-69 g
Large56-62 g
Medium49-55 g
Small42-48 g
PeeweeLess than 41 g


In Europe, modern egg sizes are defined as follows:

Modern Sizes (Europe)
SizeMass per egg
Very Large73 g and over
Large63-73 g
Medium53-63 g
Small53 g and under

In Australia, the Australian Egg Corporation defines the following sizes in its labeling guide.[4]

Modern Sizes (Australia)
SizeMass per egg
King‐size70.0g – 78.0g
Jumbo66.7g – 70.0g
Extra-Large58.3g – 66.6g
Large50.0g – 58.2g
Medium42.0g – 49.9g

In Western Australia, two additional sizes are also standardized by the Golden Eggs Corporation[5]

Additional Sizes (Western Australia)
Mega or XXXL72 g
Medium43 g

In New Zealand sizes are based on the minimum mass per egg:[6]

Modern Sizes (New Zealand)
SizeMinimum mass per egg
8 (Jumbo)68 g
7 (Large)62 g
6 (Standard)53 g
5 (Medium)44 g
4 (Pullet)35 g
Traditional Sizes
SizeMass
Size 0Greater than 75g
Size 170 g - 75 g
Size 265 g - 70 g
Size 360 g - 65 g
Size 455 g - 60 g
Size 550 g - 55 g
Size 645 g - 50 g
Size 7less than 45 g

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sizing of Eggs". USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  2. ^ "What to Do With Egg Whites". http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/. Retrieved 2008-01-13. 
  3. ^ Source: Agriculture and Agri-food Canada
  4. ^ Egg Labelling Guide December 2010
  5. ^ "Golden Eggs Western Australia Product Range". Goldeneggs.com.au. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  6. ^ "Egg Quality". Egg Producers Federation of New Zealand. Retrieved 2010-01-10.