First, I KNOW where my eggs are coming from. I don't just pick up a carton with unknown origin with beak-less faces laying them. I know the nice young ladies who are laying my eggs. I sometimes even hear them being laid! If you have chickens, you know that “oh my” squawk when a hen lays an egg. Heck, sometimes when I collect the eggs, they are still warm from just being laid!
I know each of our girls, not just by name and sight, but their personalities. I also know what my hens have been eating. And something very important to me, I know my girls have a wonderful life. They do not just sit in a pen, popping out eggs. The run around, searching for bugs. They have a social life with the other members of the flock. Admittedly, they also have drama now and then with each other, but that is what having a life is about! I honestly hate thinking about commercial egg production set ups and the lives those poor girls must endure.
The second reason I am an egg snob, are the eggs themselves. They taste better. The yolks are darker. And the shells are beautiful! Plain boring white eggs are a thing of the past for us. We love the browns and blues we get. We even considered which breeds to add to the flock depending on what their eggs look like! There is such amazing beauty in the different hues and richness of the colors that our eggs come in. I marvel at their beauty every time I collect them.
The third reason I am an eggs snob is the things that you may NOT know about store eggs. Did you know that the packed date on store eggs can legally be up to 30 days AFTER the eggs are laid? The sell by date has to be legally no later then 30 days after the eggs were packaged. So you could be bringing home eggs that are already 2 months old! Yuck! No wonder fresh eggs taste so much better.
I am not the only one who thinks fresh eggs taste better. In a recent taste test done by America's Test Kitchen,
"In our taste tests, farm-fresh eggs were standouts. The large yolks were shockingly orange
and their flavor was exceptionally rich and complex. The organic eggs followed in second
place, with eggs from hens raised on a vegetarian diet in third, and the standard supermarket
In the end, being an egg snob is a good thing, a very good thing. For my family’s table, it fresh eggs or no eggs. And trust me, during molting time, no eggs is a real possibility. But that just makes them taste even better when the girls do start laying again!
I know not everyone can have their own flock and collect their own eggs, but there are farmer's markets, which is a much better source of eggs then the chain grocery store. Trust me, the few extra dollars you spend on buying eggs from the producer is worth the great taste and the satisfaction of knowing those hens are being cared for much more humanly then the commercial productions.
So, are you an eggs snob?
**Homestead Tips on Tuesday is a weekly series where we help you learn skills, tips, and trick to help you on your journey of homesteading. Many places post list of things you should/could do as far as homesteading skill, but I feel lists are at times overwhelming and can make people give up before they even start. So every Tuesday I share one thing for you to try or consider. I hope you join us every Tuesday and I would love to hear about your adventures with each weeks topic.**