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mfitz804
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Sep 16th, 2019 08:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

“local chicken lady”

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Haven't cooked any of the new eggs this morning but I called Nest Fresh and Vital Farms and got no answer from either place. Again, the nutritional labels are exactly the same as the cheap eggs. Well, these two outfits got one sale out of me, I suspect they won't get a second.

As mentioned upthread, I have tried the Nest Fresh eggs and could see or taste no difference other than noting the egg shells were thicker than the cheap stuff.

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Sep 17th, 2019 10:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

I wouldn't expect the nutrition labels to be different. But as with any food, the nutritional value deteriorates over time or when cooked.

I imagine that the nutrition info is some average the industry has established that represents the egg when it emerges from the egg hole. Six or eight weeks later, not so much.

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Sep 17th, 2019 10:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

In addition to the Best By date on eggs is a three letter date code that tells you when they were harvested. Pretty easy to tell how fresh your eggs are or not.

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Sep 17th, 2019 10:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

"three letter date code that tells you when they were harvested"

Actually, I believe that is the date they are put in the carton. I think the farm has close to a month before they have to package them.

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I just had a half hour conversation with a very knowledgeable employee of Nest Fresh eggs. One thing she told me about the Julian date is that is the day they are washed so right you are, NSR.

Having just checked the Julian dates on the eggs on hand, none were much over a couple weeks old from when we bought them. The freshest were the cheap supermarket eggs.

(This message was last edited by Chris Greene at 02:29 PM, Sep 17th, 2019)

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Sep 17th, 2019 12:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hah! Cage Free is not all that it's cracked up to be -

My daughter bought chickens to raise and harvest eggs from for her young family. That way they could control what the chickens ate and how they were treated. She was quite pleased with herself for taking the initiative to protect her family - until she saw her chickens pecking the lead-based paint off the side of the chicken coop.

She buys her eggs at the local supermarket.

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I'm starting to think properly caged or pastured (the low and high end of costs) is the way to go.

Costco sells Certified Humane Organic cage free eggs so that's sort of a wrench in the works.

But having lead based paint on a chicken coop is on your daughter, not how commercial chickens are raised in cages or not.

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Sep 17th, 2019 04:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

For those who buy the cage free, parties, organic eggs...do you eat chicken, and do you observe the same standards for your chicken purchases?

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Sep 17th, 2019 04:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

Since you ask, no, I don't eat chicken. ;)

(This message was last edited by langford at 06:43 PM, Sep 17th, 2019)

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Sep 17th, 2019 07:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

“do you eat chicken, and do you observe the same standards for your chicken purchases?”

Yep. I expect it to be even more of an issue for meat chicken as you can get away with pretty terrible conditions and still have output from your farm.

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One of my co-workers brings in eggs from her chickens every so often. I like the brown and green colors and odd sizes. I do have to clean the shells before cracking them open. I'm not exactly sure what is stuck to them.

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^^ Yeah -- that's where the flavor lives.

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Sep 18th, 2019 01:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

" The fake media spread a lot of ho-hum, probably more ho-hum than the chickens produce in a day..."

Yep, media loves to run with this stuff. That whole uproar over Fair Oaks farms supposedly mistreating cows was a case of one bad employee who had already been fired by the time the news broke.

Whats more, the group that filmed it didn't tell Fair Oaks anything about it and sat on it for almost 9 months. If they really believed cows were routinely being mistreated, wouldn't they want to get that out there as quickly as possible?

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My BIL has chickens and we get all our eggs from him. His coop got raided by some sort of predator and we had to buy eggs at the store for about 6 months. Nothing we could find was as good as the eggs we got from him and we were really excited when his new batch started laying again.

My wife and I eat eggs every day...I'll be doing local farm raised for as long as I can get 'em. Much better than anything (even the pricy "free range" ones) from the store.

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As I go through these pricier pastured eggs, other than thicker shells and slightly less watery whites, I can't tell or taste any real difference. I think I'll end up settling on Costco's organic eggs going forward. Good compromise on health and *ethics* (they are Certified Humane although only listed as cage free).

I don't see where Nest Fresh or Vital Farms eggs are worth 400-600 percent more than supermarket caged eggs even if ethically raised (which I don't really care all that much about anyway). All the extra good nutritional stuff is merely claimed by guess who?

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"For those who buy the cage free, parties, organic eggs...do you eat chicken, and do you observe the same standards for your chicken purchases?"


Wherever we can buy organic, non-GMO foods, we buy them. Usually, the certified organic stuff claims to also be cage free, grass fed, etc., etc.

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"As I go through these pricier pastured eggs, other than thicker shells and slightly less watery whites, I can't tell or taste any real difference."

I've never seen much difference in any of the supermarket eggs. If I can't get farm fresh from my BIL, I just buy the store brand cheap ones.

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