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Do real eggs taste better than store bought?

close up of carton of organic eggs brown varietyIt's that time of year when we start saving eggs for another incubator run.

I picked up some fancy organic store bought eggs yesterday thinking they might make a decent breakfast substitute.

When we first started out with chickens I remember not being able to tell the difference between our eggs and store bought.

There might be a lot of things to explain the change, but I suspect our early chicken tractor experiments didn't give the birds enough pasture and now they spend all day foraging for worms and bugs.

These eggs still make a good meal, but now I think I appreciate our pasture fed flock even more thanks to this commercial taste comparison.

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My opinion is that store bought eggs don't taste bad, it's just that real eggs have a slightly more complex taste, and I guess that has a direct connection for me to an increase in nutritional value which perhaps gives that experience of taste a psychological bias favoring a pasture fed flock compared to their largely grain fed cousins.
Comment by mark Sat Aug 11 14:15:42 2012
I've noticed that eggs from chickens with complex diets have much more flavor to them than eggs from chickens fed all-grain diets. I'm sure it's not psychological - more nutrient equals more taste, right?
Comment by Angela Sat Aug 11 21:30:28 2012
Angela --- I totally agree with you. I figure yolk color is an excellent indicator of nutrition and taste both. These storebought yolks had almost no color, while our yolks are dark orange.
Comment by anna Sun Aug 12 08:28:55 2012


I just discovered your blog and was excited to see this topic (also excited to read your blog). I will vote in and say YES real eggs taste better than store bought. I am a graduate of a Canadian University sgricultural program - my specialization was animal science and I can tell you that the commercial feeds (and commercial fertilizers) do not give you the resulting taste of an agricultural product that was made naturally. Eggs produced in 'egg factories' are fed commercial feeds with no access to natural light, natural surroundings or variations in feed that range chickens have. I buy real eggs from a local farmer that practices sustainable agriculture and her chickens run free among clover, grasses, and yes weeds but also also from ground that has tons of natural compost and manures. First they are fresh fresh fresh And you can taste the variances of the seasons.

I highly recommend 'real eggs'


Comment by farmgirlwanabe Fri Aug 17 17:53:23 2012
Farmgirlwanabe --- Glad to hear you weigh in! We definitely agree with you, and a lot of recent studies have shown that pastured eggs are also healthier for you.
Comment by anna Fri Aug 17 22:49:39 2012

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