Does this look like a fun life?
I don't think so. Honestly, it makes me want to cry.
If you’ve never put any thought into where your eggs are coming from I can assure you this is it.
If that picture doesn't sit right with you then perhaps you should be seeking out pastured farm fresh eggs.
But before you jump into farm fresh eggs there are some differences we should cover so you know what to expect.
8 Things You Need To Know Before Eating Farm Fresh Eggs
1) Better For The Bird
The picture above does a great job of summing up the horror known as factory farming.
Clearly you can see that these chickens don’t have access to fresh air or sunlight and they don't even have enough room to stretch their wings. Hardly seems fair, right?
Let me leave you with a more pleasant image of some of our chickens at Nature’s Pantry.
2) Better for you
In comparison to a conventional egg, pasture-raised eggs contain:
1/3 less cholesterol
1/4 less saturated fat
2/3 more Vitamin A
2x more omega-3 fatty acids
3x more Vitamin E
7x more beta carotene
4-6x more vitamin D
Higher folic acid levels
Do you know why? It’s because a pasture raised chicken eats more than just a diet consisting of corn. She’s allowed to roam free in the grass and munch on bugs and soak up sunshine & fresh air.
3) More Flavor
I hear this all the time...
“Your eggs are so yummy! We’ll never be able to eat eggs from the store again!”
"Even my husband thinks your eggs taste better!"
The diversity in her diet leads to higher vitamin and mineral content in the egg which leads to a higher quality, tastier egg for you!
The yolk of a pastured egg will have a deep golden, orange colored yolk. So not only will the egg taste different, it's going to look different, too. Can you tell which egg is from Nature's Pantry in the picture?
4) Blood spots
This is something you'll almost never see in a store bought egg because they're candled.
The egg won't be sold if there are any imperfections.
We don't candle our eggs so it’s possible you may see a “blood spot” or “meat spot” on occasion.
Not to worry - it’s nothing to be alarmed about.
Some think it's a small malfunction of the chicken. According to the Egg Safety Center:
"[Meat spots or blood spots] are caused by the rupture of a blood vessel on the yolk surface when it’s being formed or by a similar accident in the wall of the oviduct… Eggs with blood spots and meat spots are fit to eat."
In the rare event that I have one I just cut it out. Trust me on this:
Wait until the egg is cooked to remove it otherwise you'll look like a fool trying to get it out. *Ahem*
6) More expensive
Farm fresh eggs/organic eggs are more expensive than regular eggs.
I read that farmers are paid $.01/egg.
No wonder they’ve got barns with 10,000+ chickens in them -the farmer has no choice - the bills need to be paid.
Small scale farmers have operating and feed costs to cover, too. And don't forget they're trying to support a family with an honest living.
Unfortunately, there's no way for small farmers to compete with the big guys.
Getting paid $.12/dozen doesn’t pencil out no matter how sharp your pencil is.
If you want high quality eggs for your family be prepared to pay a fair price for them...they’re worth every penny.
When you open carton of farm fresh eggs there’s a pretty good chance that all of your eggs will look different.
Just as each chicken is unique, so is the size, shape and color of her egg. Here’s a “sampler” of what you might see in your egg carton from Nature's Pantry.
Remember the latest egg recall? 208 MILLION eggs were recalled due to salmonella. 208 MILLION.
You’ll be glad to know Nature’s Pantry wasn't on the recall list.
What came first the chicken or the egg? Tough question, I know.
How about the chicken or refrigerator?
Obviously the chicken. Eggs have a natural anti-microbial coating on them that prevents them from spoiling.
However, if that coating is removed the egg needs to be refrigerated.
At Nature's Pantry we wash all of our eggs so please keep your eggs in the fridge.
Also, eggs have an incredibly long shelf life and will last up to 6 months - if kept in the fridge.
So go ahead and grab yourself a few dozen at a time, they'll last a really long time!
9) Nature's Pantry Eggs Come In The Cutest Egg Cartons Ever
Every single egg carton has been hand-stamped by yours truly.
Disclaimer: it took me a while to get in my groove with the stamp but I've got it now. Please excuse the first few cartons that are missing a few spots. They're unique just like the eggs. :)
We gladly accept your clean egg cartons to reuse - when you recycle this helps us keep our costs down.
Whew! We’ve covered a lot of ground.
Was there anything that surprised you about farm fresh eggs?
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