I eat both. It is $1.19 a dozen for regular, and $3.99 for organic/cage free brown eggs.. whatever. I will say that I can taste a difference in the more expensive eggs, but it usually comes down to whether I have enough money. The difference is not enough to worry about. All eggs taste delicious, and I eat 4-6 a day for breakfast.
I spend most of my money for the week on buying fresh chicken. Once I pay off my car, I will have a bit more cash to buy whatever eggs I want to. Till then, I will just be happy knowing that at least I am not eating sugary cereal instead.
I buy our eggs from a local fellow who raises his chickens in his yard. He only wants $2 per dozen, and they're absolutely delectable! I concur with the previous poster about the color of the yolks. The difference between grocery eggs and the eggs I buy is as radical as the difference between the color of a lemon and that of a school bus. Amazing.
I don't trust those "organic" and "omega-3" labels, after doing some snooping about on websites. Looks like just another gimmick to get us to pay higher prices. That "cage free" thing is total hogwash. Yes, there's a door open in the barns. But there's no incentive for the chickens to go out, because they're fed in the barn and there's nothing to eat or attract them outside. Not worth the high prices, IMO.
I don't know how the person who mentioned trouble with hard-boiling eggs is doing it, but it's certainly NOT "impossible" to do with fresh eggs! The eggs I get are scrupulously fresh... and I not only hard-boil but soft-boil many of them. I do mine based upon a technique I got from either America's Test Kitchen or some similar site...
Start with cold eggs, right from the fridge. Put only about 1/2" - 3/4" water in the pot. Bring it to boil, and put the eggs in. They don't have to be covered. Put the lid on, and turn the heat down to about medium (still bubbling, but not rolling). Cook for 5 min and 30-45 seconds (I know, it seems fussy!) for soft-boiled eggs. I cook hard-boiled for 12-15 minutes this way. Then plunge immediately into cold water to stop the cooking. To peel, for hard-boiled, rap the shell smartly all over with the back of a spoon. Pull out a tiny piece of the shell from the large end, let the water into the hole, and insert a spoon under the shell. Run that spoon all around the inside, and the egg will shell out perfectly. I can even do this with the soft-boiled ones, although I have to be a bit gentler with them. For the soft-boiled, I usually set them on their sides and give them a strong rap with the side of the spoon right across the middle ("equator"). Then I can separate the halves and again run the spoon between the shell and the white - comes right out neatly.
This comes from daily frustrations with breakfast! I eat 4 soft-boiled eggs nearly every morning... and we take hard-boiled eggs for lunches and snacks. I've learned the hard way how to make it work! There's only 2 of us here, and we can't get along with fewer than 2 dozen a week.
If you're having trouble boiling or peeling eggs, at least give this a try!
Edited by: EXOTEC at: 9/10/2013 (19:51)
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9/10/13 2:32 P
During spring, summer, and fall, we get our eggs from our CSA. I don't think they're technically organic, but they are from a family farm and are amazingly good. In the off-season, we just buy regular.
9/10/13 1:49 P
when i am buying at the supermarket, i just get whatever-eggs. I don't really have a lot of faith in the claims on the Industrial Farm "organic/free range" eggs. It typically does NOT mean the hens are running around on a pastoral farm of green grass eating plump crickets and scratching in the dirt.
That said, when I get the opportunity to buy eggs from a small local egg producer, I go for it. Either from the farmer's market or the farm-gate... in either case if I want to I can VERIFY with my own eyes that the chickens are ranging freely around the farm... and yes, the eggs do taste better. And when you can get them at the farm-gate or market, they aren't even expensive.
I buy pastured eggs. Eggs from chickens that range free on the farm eating bugs and greens with some supplemental feed. The yolk is so orange and the egg is delicious.
I eat three almost every morning. I buy them direct from the farmer for $3.50/dozen. They are a great source of quality protein and healthy fat.
Edited by: JUSTEATREALFOOD at: 9/10/2013 (12:01)
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9/10/13 10:07 A
I've started buying organic. I can tell a difference in them.
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I don't buy eggs - we have our own chickens so I guess you could say "organic"
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I buy regular at the store, but about once a month my boss will give me a carton from his own chickens. So yummy! The only thing is, I hard boil most of my eggs for snacks, and this is impossible to do with eggs so fresh! So one carton a month is just right :)
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