Post by bill van Post by Greg Goss
Oh, there are lots of complexities to eggs. Some people claim that
free-range eggs, where the chickens get to eat bugs and such have
more micronutrients. I'm not sure if that has ever been tested. But
a client of my late wife perfected a way of getting Omega 3 fatty
acids (a nutrient important in brain function and regulation of other
systems like blood pressure) into eggs by changing the chicken's
diet. Then there's size. And size counts.
But I'm not sure which size counts. The stores where I regularly
shop have both "extra large" and "jumbo". Is Jumbo bigger than extra
large? They're not clear on that.
Jumbo eggs are consistently larger than extra large at the several
places where I have bought them. I buy only extra large or jumbo,
brown, free range eggs. I realize there is no consistent definition of
free range, but it is a good bet that they're not in cages without
enough space to turn around.
We're not big egg eaters, maybe a dozen a month, but we like them to
taste good when we have them. The free range eggs taste considerably
better, and the jumbo ones often turn out to be double-yokers, which
suits me. Jumbos tend to have double the volume per egg that so-called
large eggs do. Regular sized eggs now look like pigeon eggs to me.
We occasionally have fried egg sandwiches on good buns with layers of
dill pickles and jalapeno slices, and a slice of smoked salmon when we
have some around. I also scramble them for breakfast, with
worcestershire sauce, sambal, and chopped shallots and other
And I don't mind paying $5 or $6 a dozen, even though I can get a
dozen regular or large eggs for three bucks or less. I economize on a
lot of my shopping, but not when the more expensive stuff is so much
better than the regular.
eggs. People ask the difference and he tells them that for the cage
outside, but they almost never do. I have a feeling he's not the
typical example of a chicken farmer, though.
better treatment than the moms of regular eggs. And all of the moms end