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Chris Greene
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Sep 14th, 2019 04:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've always bought your basic supermarket eggs (the kind where the hens live a lousy life with nipped beaks and no room in their cages.

If you've read or know about egg production, you'll know "cage free" and "free range" are a marketing joke. However, I've just learned about pasture raised eggs where the hens spend a good deal of their day outdoors (minimum of 110 sq ft per hen) and get to eat insects, grubs, etc. as well as their regular feed. However, a dozen eggs (due to the lower egg production) is 3-4 times what a dozen regular supermarket eggs cost. There are claims and a couple studies that say pasture raised are more nutritious and have a little less fat.

I bought a dozen ($4.50 at Albertsons) to try out of curiosity.

Anyone an egg eggspert? (other than peegoo, of course...)

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Sep 14th, 2019 05:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

I tend to like brown shells and smaller sizes, no extra large or jumbo. I have given up trying to determine what sort of life they led and how they ate-----
When I was getting backyard eggs from the local chicken lady they had noticeably harder shells with a very yellow yolk, but I have not found that in grocery eggs regardless of what they say on the carton.
And yes, prices are all over the place.

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Sep 14th, 2019 06:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

Not an expert, but my guitar player and my neighbors all have free range chickens though they do herd them into the bird barn at night due to coyotes and Owls. Actually they pretty much go into the roosting shelter on their own.

About half or better of my egg consumption are these. Plus they’re free. I think they are better, both tasting and they way they work in baking. It just makes sense that a none stressed animal is going to produce better.

Even my guitar players cows and sheep, are delicious, like he says, they only have one bad day.

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Sep 14th, 2019 06:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

I buy regular supermarket eggs. I get the Large ones, because if you are going to use them in a recipe, that’s the size most recipes are based on.

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Sep 14th, 2019 06:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

Wife buys Grade A, large white @ TJs.

That's all I know.

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Sep 14th, 2019 08:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

I used to get eggs from my former office manager (RIP)...she and her boyfriend had a lot of free roaming hens....the eggs were to die for...

nice deep yellowish/orange yolks....
but you had to clean off your plates right after you were finished eating as the yolks were much harder to clean off than regular eggs..

I got seriously spoiled by this and try to buy free roam eggs at Publix...but they aren't the same...

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Sep 14th, 2019 08:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

Not an eggspert at all. I buy standard-issue aigz at the Safeway.

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Sep 14th, 2019 09:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

I usually just buy regular store bought eggs. I "get it" though. I wouldn't mind better eggs.

This came up recently talking to my parents about how crappy chicken has become. The stuff is tough, and hard to cook in a way that leaves it tender. You can see the white strands in the breasts now. You didn't use to see that.

I'm even seeing it with the supposedly free range hormone free stuff, and I suspect it's due to GM chickens, or certain breeding tactics.

We have been talking about moving to purchasing true old breed chicken that is none corn fed true free range. These chickens are penned in large pens, and they move the pens every day in to fresh grass.

Edit to add:

In my discussion with my parents, they noted how thin the modern chicken eggs shells are. They're kind of bland I think also.

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(This message was last edited by De ville at 11:57 PM, Sep 14th, 2019)

Chris Greene
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Sep 14th, 2019 09:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've noticed that about chicken breasts these days. Really not very good. Something happened in the last few years from what we used to get at Costco to what they're selling now.

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Sep 14th, 2019 10:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

That might be a local thing.

The individually wrapped chicken breasts are still good here.

But the "prime" beef is not at the same level it was 3 years ago

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Sep 14th, 2019 11:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

On a side note, watch "Food Inc."

I knew things were bad, but I had no idea. Really sad for the farmers, and America.

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Sep 15th, 2019 12:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

I like the fancy eggs. The yolks have a lot more flavor. I only buy eggs about once a month anyway so like to enjoy them and the cost difference is negligible.

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Here's something interesting I just observed when comparing the nutrition label on my $1.50 for 18 large supermarket eggs to the $4.50 for 12 large pasture raised eggs. They were exactly the same nutritional values. Try to research this on the net and you get a lot of stuff that links back to Vital Farms. I wonder what the real truth of nutritional differences actually are.

While I like the idea of pastured hens over caged hens, I'm only concerned with nutrition. Our supermarket eggs taste fine to me but I will make some of the high end stuff for breakfast and see if I can tell any difference.

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Sep 15th, 2019 04:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

Costco brown organic eggs, 2 dozen. Because it's what my wife buys.

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Sep 15th, 2019 04:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

A quick google search reveals conflicting research regarding the nutrition of caged vs pasture raised eggs. I'd be inclined to think there isn't much difference.

However what I've noticed especially hardboiling the egg and eating it whole is that the yolk of the pasture-raised egg is more golden yellow and firmer, as well as more flavorful. Almost more "gamey" which personally I like.

Now put them on french toast or in an omelet with lots of seasoning and it's probably hard to tell the difference.

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Sep 15th, 2019 05:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

We had a good thing going a few years back with a neighbor. Her son had a farm nearby and we'd buy a couple dozen weekly for $5. Smaller and light brown, pale white, even pale green. They were very good, but sonny boy's dogs got a hold of his chickens.

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Sep 15th, 2019 06:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

Having worked in a slaughterhouse during my misspent youth, I try not to think about what happens to the animals we consume, pre-grocery store, whether fish, fowl or mammal.

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Sep 15th, 2019 06:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

A friend of mine on the next street has some hens and a little coop area(imagine that - in suburbia!).
Anyway, it's nice to get free eggs. But I must say - I really don't notice much of a difference in taste between these, Eggland's Best, or whatever else we get at the supermarket.
I think they taste a little different, but I wouldn't say fresh tastes better or worse than supermarket purchased.

I would assume nutrition would be about the same.
The one thing you might want to take into account is that the neighborhood eggs are NOT pasturized...I assume the supermarket eggs are.


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Sep 15th, 2019 09:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

"Anyway, it's nice to get free eggs. But I must say - I really don't notice much of a difference in taste between these, Eggland's Best, or whatever else we get at the supermarket. "

It costs a lot to train those chickens to put those little stamps on the eggs. That's why they cost more...

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Sep 15th, 2019 10:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

We buy our eggs from the pet shop on the corner. They have a chalkboard sign out front that reads: "Range Eggs... for dogs."

The woman who owns the store lives out of town in farm country. She has several neighbours who have chickens roaming their properties. She collects the eggs from the neighbours and sells them here. Great stuff. I love the mix of colours—white, brown, yellow, blue, green.

When she started selling eggs, I asked about the "for dogs" part. It's a wink-wink thing because the business is licensed as a pet food store.

PS. What Chris says about free-range and cage-free not being what they sound like is very true.

(This message was last edited by langford at 12:16 PM, Sep 15th, 2019)

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