I recently bought eggs at Trader Joe's. I was surprised that the yolks were so bright - almost orange - and they tasted better than any eggs from PathMark. The yolks stood up so high and the whites didn't spread as soon as they hit the pan - a sure sign of freshness. They were actually cheaper, too.
Eggs I have eaten in other countries, primarily in Central and South America, have yolks that are almost orange, or a very deep yellow, almost an umber color.
American supermarket eggs, like American supermarket bread, is vastly inferior IMO.
Eggs are eggs to me. I buy the cheap grocery ones because I am cheap.
A friend raises chickens for eggs. They have a better life than I do. She buys them produce and the very best food, sits in their chicken house to spend time with them.
She always told me how much better they tasted. She would give me all the eggs I wanted but I decline because she sells them, I won't pay that much in the first place and would rather she sold them
One time I did accept a dozen eggs and put them to the test. One of hers and one store bought. Mixed them up so I did not know which was which. Over easy in a little butter and they were the same to me. Could not tell the difference. Must admit that I don't like the way chickens are handled by the industry.
White. People. Problems.
R7 a study of 8 people in a home kitchen is not a study.
Just have fancy butter with your grocery-bought eggs. I will stick with my farm-fresh eggs.
I found out there is a Chinese company that has massively bought into the American egg industry, and they have been selling snake and lizard eggs as chicken eggs. It's disgusting and someone should do something about it!
R10, herpes has been known to suppress the ability to taste, because otherwise all a person can taste is the rotten fermentation in his own mouth.
Just a though.
R10 would have a better life if she would be less cheap with herself.
R14 you are full of shit. Lizard eggs are very expensive.
OP, I agree with you. I've noticed that cheap eggs do not have a flavorful taste and have no taste at all.
I buy brown eggs which have more flavor.
Cheap eggs were not always tasteless. It is a recent occurance.
You have a link for that bullshit, R14?
I'm guessing that lizard eggs would be more expensive than chicken eggs.
Eggs. Topic of one of the finest moments in film history.
Free-range chickens eat bugs and worms and whatever they find in their foraging. They tend to have yellower yolks and some prefer their flavor. White or brown shells have more to do with the variety of chicken. And you can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.
Herpes has been know to affect the brain. Just a though you say. I would not have thought that.
Has anyone made an Ostrich egg omlette?
Emu egg yes. Martha Stewart made omelets with an ostrich egg on her show
R18, I recently bought some brown eggs from Sprouts. When I hard-cooked some of them with a little vinegar in the cooking water, the brown paint (dye?) came off them. They were white eggs that had been painted brown.
I don't really care since I buy brown and white eggs interchangeably according to what's on sale, but I would not be surprised if this isn't an industry-wide practice.
Martha Stewart (who raises her own chickens and eggs) said the difference in egg color has to do with the color of the chicken's ears, and since then I've read that brown eggs are not more nutritious than white.
I went to a friends house for breakfast. They're these all natural, organic, free range types. Served brown eggs. I don't eat brown eggs. What kind of hens lay brown eggs. Ewwww. I took my boyfriend and we left, stopped at the Shoney's Breakfast Bar.
Key Food (a low end supermarket chain in Brooklyn) sells their own brand of free range organic yadda yadda eggs. Good prices and good eggs, excellent flavor and yolk quality. Another healthy sign is the shell itself: you have to crack those babies open with force.
Green, pink and blue eggs are even more fun.
Glamour eggs! The latest in East Coast fads! The chickens catch on hipster-flavored fire the moment the egg drops from the creature.
Waxen New York Breasts
Don't forget purple
I didn't forget purple...what chicken do they come from. I didn't know there were purple eggs...natural ones.
Possible it is the same as the pink. The chicken is a chinese chicken, the eggs are described as pink salmon to orchid. If you goggle purple eggs you will find other unexplained accounts of purple eggs appearing.
I currently have a friend with a few purple eggs and used to know a couple that had several of the purple Chinese chickens. Diet an environmental factors may affect the intensity and hue of the color
[quote]I typically buy only from a farmer I know at Union Square
One should only harvest daily morning fresh eggs from their organic feed hens. If I am in the city my staff makes sure I have ONLY FRESH eggs daily delivered from my farm. Sometimes I get a special blue egg! My staff only eat Wallmart eggs for their staff meal of which I deduct from their pay checks.
R9, I hoe to god you meant "amber," rather than umber.
Okay, so now I understand "umber." Autocorrect. But I can hardly believe that it corrected "hope" by changing it to "hoe." Perhaps it somehow picked up on my seasonal obsession; for days, every time someone said "ho, ho, ho!" I have thought of the Kardashians.
I'm trying to find eggs that are soy-free/pastured in Brooklyn. Anyone know where I can find them?
I've only seen it online, but I'm not willing to pay 10 + shipping for a dozen eggs.
R34 I buy from David...he also sells honey.
[quote][R34] I buy from David...he also sells honey.
Thanks, I will try to figure out which market stand that is. I assume he's there on Saturdays.
Wednesday and Friday I am sure...not sure about Saturday.
His eggs are green, the pasta folks usually have good eggs as well if David is out and they are there on Saturday. They sell brown for 4 a dozen for the medium.
Thanks R41! I will go there tomorrow. I am craving some fresh eggs now.
I like boiled eggs. The way I cook them is by getting the water to boil, then turning the heat off, then letting the eggs in the hot water (covered) for about 10 minutes.
If you're really into high-quality fresh eggs, you have got to try duck eggs! They're about the same size as chicken eggs, but the yolk is much larger in porportion and are such a deep yellow they're almost orange. Amazing flavor, and incredible to cook with. Use them for custards, or any recipe that calls for two yolks to one white.
I don't know where to get them commercially. Some relatives have a farm, and occasionally they give me some.
Say what you will, nothing goes better with event toast than place eggs.
Unless you have actually visited the farm where this Union Square "farmer" has his chickens, I wouldn't be so high and mighty OP.
R45, I have been to David's farm many times. His wife and daughter make jams and I spent some time with he and his bees.
Most recently was September and I fed the chickens sunflower seeds.
Does anyone know about Trader Joe's organic and free range products? Why is it so difficult to find any info on them? Who are their suppliers? What constitutes as free range for TJ? I buy their drumsticks and eggs as the prices are far below what is offered at the farmer markets. Drumsticks for $1.99 and $3.99 for the eggs. Those prices are closer to $4-5 for chicken and $5 for the eggs at the farmer markets. I'm little wary of TJ's organic and more important for me, the free range/humane treatment of the chickens.
And yes, I'm a cheap ass. I recently stopped buying factory farm meats because I could no longer in good conscience support that type of "farming". I actually do not care about the organic part as much, I just want farmers to treat their livestock at a decent level and without antibiotics and hormones. The switch though has doubled or trebled the cost of buying meat and eggs. I probably ate a less than average amount of meat before the switch but have lowered my intake further to help with the cost (and for health and environmental reasons too).
Many say that both the 'regular' and organic at TJ's are the same and contain antibiotics. Buy at your own risk.
R48 thanks for that but where does it state or imply that TJ's organic meat gets antibiotics?
It's hard to believe the US government allows for such wide-spread use of antibiotics in our meat supply. They really don't give a fuck.
"While most grocery stores, including Trader Joe’s, carry some no-antibiotic meat and poultry, Whole Foods is the only store that sells these products exclusively, according to a Consumer Reports investigation. The campaign is targeting Trader Joe’s because it already offers some chicken and beef raised without antibiotics, although no pork. Eighty percent of its products are private label, which means it has direct control over its suppliers. In recent years, the grocer has made a commitment to other sustainable purchasing practices, such as only carrying eggs from cage-free hens and sourcing its private label products with non-genetically modified ingredients."
Trader Joe's has awful quality control and their food is full of gmos.
I eat Vital Farms Eggs. They're certified humane which means a 3rd party has verified they aren't full of antibiotics and hormones.
Chickens have ears?