That question recently came up among a group of women near and dear to my heart. With so many hens molting, the fresh eggs were becoming few and far between in many of our coops. That is when I realized that yes, yes indeed, I say it proudly, I am an egg snob.
Don’t get me wrong, for years I ate store eggs. I didn’t know any better. To me an egg was an egg. But then we had our own girls and trust me, an egg is not just an egg and here is why (in my opinion.)
First, I KNOW where my eggs come from. I sometimes even hear them being laid! If you have chickens, you know that “oh my” squawk when a hen lays an egg. I know what my hens have been eating. And very important to me, I know my girls have a wonderful life. They do not just sit in a pen, popping out eggs.
|Beautiful dark chocolate eggs laid by French |
Black Copper Marans. Photo from
Chicken Scratch Poultry.
Second, 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 are even considering breeds to add to the flock depending on what their eggs look like, like these beautiful dark chocolate colored eggs!
Third, 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
So in the end, being an egg snob is a good thing, a very good thing. Now don’t get me wrong, once a year we do buy store eggs. Why? To color for Easter. So I guess there is still one reason to buy store eggs. But 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!
So, are you an eggs snob?