Thursday, June 25, 2009
We have been getting free-range, organic eggs from a farm down the street. They are the prettiest eggs I have ever seen. I always feel bad about using the green ones. They are just the loveliest shade of mint.
Living in a world where eggs are mass-produced and identical, one can easily be skeptical of "those brown eggs". I am here to clear the smoke.
What does free-range mean?
It means that the chickens roam their "home home on the range". They aren't kept in tight quarters with other chickens. That means less chance of them eating chicken poop. They can do what all chickens want to do and peck at the ground aimlessly.
What about organic? What makes eggs organic?
The chickens are fed whole chicken feed. They are not eating anything genetically altered. The ladies consume what they were designed to consume. No funky ingredients, no mystery meal.
What do free-range, organic eggs taste like?
The same as regular eggs, but with a fresher taste. How to describe "fresher taste"? Not sure, just trust me. Anyways, the yolk is more orange, but they are the same otherwise. I have noticed with the free-range organics, Van does get a little red around the mouth and he doesn't with regular eggs. So maybe the lack of antibiotics in the organic eggs makes him more susceptible to an allergic reaction? Maybe. But the redness goes away quickly so I am not worried.
Why buy free-range, organic eggs?
If you are buying free-range, organic eggs, you are mostly likely buying local. Buying local is a good habit to get into. Support your local farmers so they don't have to stop doing what they are doing.
I should probably credit the sources of my research, but I can't remember them. Probably a little Wiki and some other places. Sorry.