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Lesson 650 – Comparing a Store Bought Egg to a Free Range Egg

By Wendythomas

As many of you know, I am a storyteller (and if you doubt me, ask to see my tattoo sometime.)

Sometimes stories end the way you want them to end, sometimes they don’t, but they still must be told.

Last week on my Facebook page I shared a photo of a cooked store-bought egg compared to a free range egg. “This is yet another reason for having your own chickens.” I wrote.

Someone asked me if the photo was real in portraying the difference between the two eggs (the store bought egg had a light yellow yolk, the free range a golden orange one. ) I had assumed it was but sometimes assumptions can steer you away from the truth.

I decided to do a comparison at home and to show everyone my results.

The first thing I had to do was buy some store-bought eggs. Honestly, it’s been almost 4 years since I’ve bought eggs from the grocery store. I hardly knew where to find them. I picked up a carton of large white eggs and tucked it underneath the rest of my groceries just in case I ran into someone I knew.

Buying store-bought eggs just seemed so treacherous to my girls.

This morning I went out to our coop and tried to find an egg that matched the store’s eggs as closely as possible.

Lesson 650 – Comparing a store bought egg to a free range egg

Our is the dirty, slightly blue/green tinged egg, the store’s egg is the pristine white one.

I then cracked one egg into one bowl and the other into another.

This is what I got.

Lesson 650 – Comparing a store bought egg to a free range egg

Store = left, Ours = right

Not that dramatic of a difference until you put them both together (here’s where I tell you that the store egg’s white was extremely watery and was tinged yellow – hmmm could that have been from the marigold petals that chickens are fed to “color” their eggs?)

In this shot you can clearly see the difference between the two eggs. One yolk is fuller and the color is darker and more robust. The other egg is a little deflated and the yolk has wrinkles indicating that it’s probably not the freshest thing ever. Now remember, unlike factory hens, our chickens are not fed anything that has dye in it. The yellow coloring in our eggs is all natural.

Lesson 650 – Comparing a store bought egg to a free range egg

Although you can see the difference, I had hoped it would have been a little more dramatic.

Still, it’s enough for me to never buy store eggs ever again.

Anyone need 11 eggs?


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