Monday, January 25, 2010

An egg is an egg, right?

Wrong.

Here's something I've learned within the past 6 months:

Eggs are different when they are farm-fresh.

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I work in a chiropractic office and we have some interesting (and wonderful) patients. One of our patients is a man by the name of Perry. Now, Perry has a few pet peeves. One of those peeves is about the "poor nutritional value in the foods that we consume...and who's to blame? Our government." {Views presented on this blog may or may not be the personal opinion or beliefs of yours truly.} Get him started on one of his...pationate subjects and he just can't stop himself.

Anyway. We love this guy. :o)

In Perry's quest to find produce that hasn't been "chemically treated or genetically altered in some manner," he frequents a local farmers market. He buys fruits and vegetables that he raves about, and he buys eggs.

And he buys eggs for us.

At first I was skeptical. The sight of them alone was foreign - they weren't all the same size, shape or color. And, (as instructed by Perry) I couldn't refrigerate them, had to wash them before cracking them, and I'd have to break them into a bowl separately just in case one had "gone bad" or [gulp] "has blood in it." Really? Really?

Fast forward 6 months....

My hubby thinks there are few things better than a homemade breakfast on Sunday morning. And it's always a special treat if we still have eggs in the carton on the counter that need to be washed before cracking! I've never been a big egg eater, and I'm still not (a little goes a long way) but farm-fresh eggs are wonderful.

What makes them different from store-bought eggs (or at least the kind I have been buying in my local grocery store)? According to Perry, mass produced eggs are laid by chickens in factories [so to speak] that are given feed and hormones designed to enhance the amount and size of the eggs the hens lay. Eggs from farm animals (or "free range") come from a hen who is in its natural environment, eating the foods (and -ick- bugs) it was meant to consume, and producing eggs that taste like eggs are supposed to taste.

Yummy.

Sometimes Perry makes a lot of sense.

:o)

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13 comments:

Liberty :) said...

blog layout is lovely and those eggs look yum!

Ruth said...

I don't eat eggs, as they make me poorly, but happy hens has got to be a good thing, right?

Maria Ontiveros said...

We have friends with ducks and chickens. Love it when she brings me eggs! They are sooo much better.
Rinda

MaryBeth Hughes said...

i totally agree...the fresher the egg the better! i coordinated focus groups around the nation on behalf of a major egg distributors. all the women in the groups were on board for free-range, organic, farm fresh eggs. it's great to see consumers making better choices and demanding quality products!

Lizzie said...

Well, I like Perry too! He is so right - we buy fresh eggs from free-range hens. They are a better colour (rich yellow inside, instead of the anaemic pastel colour of factory eggs) and they taste so much better.
My mum gets hers from a friend, who keeps chickens. These are definitely of the "wash before eating" kind (but screened for disease etc). They are like yours - varied sizes and colours - and they taste even better.

Of course, it must follow, logically, that these eggs are more nutritious - if a hen is fed processed food and hormones, so that she mass-produces eggs, how can her eggs be as nutritious as those from well-fed hens, who run about the fields, eating a more natural diet, keeping fit and healthy and only laying what they are naturally able to lay? And how many of those hormones find their way into the eggs the battery hens lay?
Give me free-range, "happy hen" eggs any day!

sharyncarlson said...

Very interesting post! I've never bought eggs this way before but I will definitely be trying now!

humel said...

Oh, proper fresh eggs are just amazing :-) A couple of friends have chickens and now and then they give us a box (of eggs, not chickens lol!) - and oh boy, they really do taste good!

traci said...

i agree with perry on the egg thing. our niece has free range chickens who lay the best eggs on earth. she lives over an hour away, so we don't always have them on hand, but come summer when we are heading to the cabin we always stop and load up. our friends in missouri have us bring them some every trip too. they are amazing.

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

I buy Free Range eggs from the grocery store, but they need to be refrigerated??? I wonder what the difference is???
I looooove the adorable party favors you're making for the bridal shower. And your little helper is adorable, too. : )
M.L.

Deb said...

M.L. ~ Perry says that there's a protective coating on the eggs and once it's washed off they need to be refrigerated. I assume that the free-range eggs you buy at the store have been washed. Just guessing! ~ Deb

jess @ pen n' paperflowers said...

i love perry.
i ADORE farm fresh eggs...
they are beautiful..
and there's a lot of truth to what good ole perry says...
*wink*

hugs to you...

Margaret said...

Yummy, indeed.

Carrie Rosalind said...

Who knew? I still don't because I don't like eggs. :)

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