What's your opinion about eggs?
First let me say this isn't a lecture about vegetarianism or animal rights. I just want you to have some info about the quality of your eggs.
We know eggs have essential vitamins and proteins, but is there really a difference in Farm fresh eggs that are pasture raised and your local grocery store eggs?
Well, actually, studies don't really show a difference in taste. The eggs we get are fresh, sometimes even comimg home the same day that they are collected versus store bought eggs take between 1-3 days to reach the store and can sit for up to 30 days before purchase. So, perhaps the improved taste difference that I notice is from freshness.
The real benefits come from nutritional value. Free range eggs have
Less saturated fat
Increased vitamin A, E and D
More beta carotene
Pasture raised eggs are regarded as one of the best food sources of vitamin D!
And how do you feel about how the chickens are treated? Sadly, I think most people don't care where their food comes from, but I like knowing our eggs are humanely produced. Most commercial industry egg farms keep chickens in small cages their entire lives. Even "cage-free" are usually produced in a warehouse with hundreds of chickens crammed together with little natural light or fresh feed.
NO carton designation including "free range", "pasture raised" or even "USDA certified organic" can guarantee the eggs didn't come from mistreated birds.
Chickens are healthier when able to forage and act like normal chickens. So, I said this wasn't about animal rights. It isn't. What you should know though is that poor living conditions greatly increases the risk of disease like salmonella, making the backyard eggs safer to eat.
So, they're safer.
And chickens that are allowed to roam, forage, eat fresh feed and bugs and act like chickens produce better quality eggs under less stress. So, I would say they're better quality.
And one last thing. Did you know they cook differently? I can't day that I did bc I don't do much baking. But the increased nutritional value results in fuller yolks and the egg whites are stiffer and hold together better.