When it comes to eggs, understanding what you're purchasing is a must! Check out this slideshow to learn how you can buy the best eggs.
The Ultimate Guide to Buying Eggs
The grade of an egg is based on overall quality of the white, yolk and cleanliness of the shell. During a process called candling, the air cell of the egg is measured, which helps determine the condition of the white and the yolk. Blood spots, the white sticking to the shell and firmness of the white are all factors when determining the overall grade.
Most eggs sold in stores are grade A.
To learn more about the grading process, please click here: mofga.org
Pastured eggs are raised on pasture, opposed to confined in a warehouse and fed only grains. In order to produce the tastiest and most nutritious eggs, hens need to have accessibility to grasses, bugs and worms. This is one of the most ecologically sustainable and humane ways to raise hens and ensure healthy production. A healthy, happy hen equals success!
Pastured eggs have a dark yellowish-orange egg yolk, six times as much vitamin D, less cholesterol, less saturated fat, more vitamin A, more Omega-3, more vitamin E and more beta carotene.
What to Look For: Pastured eggs
Source local eggs raised ethically and not industrially. Look for local farms! Having difficulty? Check out these websites to see if there is a location near you to secure the best eggs! Go to: Eatwild.com or Localharvest.com
Now that you know what to look for when buying eggs, check out our favorite egg recipes!
Toasted Farro and Scallions with Cauliflower and Egg
This dish is inspired by a Moroccan porridge called herbel. It’s traditionally made with barley, milk, butter and cinnamon, but is great with other grains such as farro instead of barley.
Get the Recipe: Toasted Farro and Scallions with Cauliflower and Egg
Truffled Garlic Egg Brioches
There’s a whisper of earthiness that comes from the garlic and the texture of eggs in the hollowed warm brioche is like clouds. All it needs then is some truffle or thyme and a glass or two of Moet.
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Ever wonder where eggs come from? (And before you even try to say "a chicken, of course," we should clarify that we're thinking a bit larger.) Maybe it's time we start asking some questions. Sure, everyone reads the labels on the packaging, but do they really understand what they mean?
95 percent of eggs sold in the United States come from industrial chicken warehouses. Whether in battery-cages, cage-free or free-range, most hens live in tight headquarters, with up to 100,000 hens per warehouse. This not only speaks to the quality of life for the hen, but the overall quality of the eggs we consume.
Concerned about where your food is coming from? We're here to inform and educate you on the basics of buying eggs. Check out our slideshow above to learn more.