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I know people might say that eggs are just eggs, and the way the chickens are kept make no difference to the actual taste. And this is where I disagree. I used to buy cheap eggs, ones that were just branded by the Supermarket, and I now know that this was foolish of me. After watching a documentary about how some chickens are kept, I was thouroughly appalled and vowed to only buy eggs which were a product of happy hens. Happy eggs are the embodiment of this!
The eggs come in a bright yellow carton with the logo on the front. I usually buy the carton of 6 and cost me £1.69 for the medium size.
The actual eggs are brown in colour and when cracked, they have the most amazing deep golden yolks. Compared with the pale yellow from the battery farm hens, they have made me a firm believer that a chicken's environment really does make a difference to the quality of the eggs they produce. After all, its all about quality, not quantity!
These eggs taste amazing, and although they might be slightly more expensive than some of the eggs which don't come from free range hens, they are totally worth it. A guilt-free boiled egg always makes my day! I would recommend these to anyone and I urge people to try them all the time, its worth it.
I have to admit, large free range eggs do not normally appear on my shopping list. Eggs can provide you with a nutritious meal and for the most part in many homes you will always find a few eggs. We enjoy many egg based meals, scrambled egg, a savoury omelette, an egg custard, a poached egg on toast or some pancakes to name but a few. In truth I normally buy the basic or value eggs that come in much larger packs and I try not to think about the conditions in which the chickens are raised. But the crux of the matter is this, if I were to buy free range eggs for everyday cooking then my overstretched purse strings would start to squeal.
My nephew comes but once or twice a year and we are always pleased to see him if not to pander to his expensive tastes! Eggs that have been produced by battery hens are not for him, so in his honour I bought six beautiful Happy eggs. Happy eggs come from chickens that are raised in British farms and the poultry are kept in a good environment. Every Happy egg comes up to British lion standards and it appears that the selected egg farms are visited on a regular basis to ensure that the hens are being treated as they should be.
I paid just under £1.80p for six Happy Eggs. My husband thought that I had `lost the plot` and declared that the hens must be ecstatic knowing that their eggs fetch that amount of money! The six large eggs from The Happy Egg company come in a light golden brown box. The labelling is cheery and there is a happy smiling hen on the front of the box. Each egg costs just under 30p so for that price they need to be as fresh as a daisy and as large as they could possibly be. Open the box and there is no air of disappointment, the huge eggs have lovely brown shells.
But the proof of the pudding is in the eating. There is no way that one single happy egg was going to be used for baking. These eggs had to be savoured, to be lingered over and relished. These eggs deserved to be served in my best egg cups with some buttery soldiers standing by their sides. I am used to boiling smaller eggs, so my nephew suggested that I boil them for three and a half minutes ( his trick not mine ).
Two Happy Eggs equal a good breakfast, hubby remarked that he found it hard to scoff the equivalent of what he pays for ten eggs at Lidls in one go! It was easy to slice the top off of the eggs and inside they were softly boiled. The boiled egg whites were clean and snow white and the yolks were enormous and almost orange. When the buttery soldier was laden with soft boiled egg yolk the whole experience was superb. My nephew sang the praises of these Happy eggs and that praise was justified. It seems that every 100g of egg contains in the region of 150 calories so that is perfectly acceptable.
My nephew and I really enjoyed our hearty breakfast, as for hubby he was still moaning at elevenses. Knowing that these eggs have been produced by a hen that is living a decent life style does make a big difference to how you feel. It would be wonderful to be able to afford to buy these Happy eggs on an everyday basis but that is not an option for me. I would love to see the day when free range eggs are affordable to all.
Happy Eggs should be ashamed of the lack of care and appalling standard at some of their farms ! Take a look at the report by Channel 5 and Sky news before buying these eggs. The chickens are kept in terrible conditions 8000 in a shed. I am not a chicken activist I'm just sick of companies treating animals with no care and then selling their products as Premium. SHAME ON YOU NOBLE FOOD not very noble in my opinion.http://news.sky.com/skynews/Article/201010115753484just copy and paste to have a look if you can stomach it.
The chickens that lay these eggs must be kept very well - and that makes me feel better about eating them. In my opinion it is definitely worth spending a little bit more for a number of reasons...
The chickens laying happy eggs are free range - not kept in tightly crowded pens. They have a good life and are cared for properly meaning that they remain happy (as happy as a chicken can be) and therefore produce a better quality egg.
The quality of the Happy Eggs is much better than a standard egg and if you go for the large variety, the yolks are huge. The whites are nice and clear and seem to be easier to cook. They aren't quite as runny as other varieties so will make a much better fried egg!
The colour of the yolks tends to be a vibrant orange and looks very appealing. In some eggs I have seen (non free-range) the yolks have looked pale and unpleasant.
The taste....well, I would say these are the best tasting eggs out there! I wouldn't buy anything else now. The yolks are rich and the whites are tastier than most. Every pack I have had has been of excellent quality and the eggs themselves look lovely.
I love boiled egg n soldiers and it doesn't matter how old I get I still love them but over the years I have become more fussy about what eggs I will buy .
I hate the thought of chickens being stuufed into cages with hardly any room to turn around just standing there eating and laying eggs, it disgusts me to watch programmes on the television about it and think that in this day and age we are just starting to try and do something about it and buying Happy Eggs may just be the answer.
Happy Eggs come in bright yellow boxes and so there's no mistaking them on the shelves of the supermarket with other eggs, they stand out and the price is along par with other free range egg companies. They are often on offer for £1 at Morrissons and at other supermarkets at the price of £1.58 upwards depending on where you buy them from. This is still a lot cheaper than other brands of free range eggs.
They are free range which means they are free to raom about and peck outside, caged hens don't have this chance so even though the price is a lot more than value eggs, the hens are treated better in better conditions which not only adds to the well being of the chicken, but adds to the taste of your egg.
Eggs are made uo of what the chicken eats, so if it has the chance to roam around pecking and eating things it would naturally eat, it lays eggs which taste a lot different from a hen caged up which is fed food that it is given to it.
The Happy Egg farms are regularly checked by teams of regulators and inspectors to make sure all is well so you know the eggs are coming from a reliable source and not just from a product that it pushing its brand.
Once you have purchased your Happy Eggs then breakfast time is more enjoyable.
Boil an egg for three minutes, make toast and cut them into soldiers, chop the top off your egg and dunk the toast in... delicious.
The yolk ogf the eggs are much more orangy yellow than other eggs, this is because the hens are getting all the nutrients they need to produce an egg , you can tell they are getting fed properly by the colour of the yolk, the more duller the yolk the less nutrients and good food the hen is eating. I know this as I have kept chickens in the past and have ate my own eggs, corn fed hens produce the yellowest yolks.
If your looking for a good egg :) then you won't go far wrong with a happy egg, you can taste the difference from the cheaper caged eggs and you may pay a little more but the taste is worth it as well as knowing your egg has come from a happy hen.
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We go through a ton of eggs in my household mainly because they are quick, easy, tasty and nutritious. Plus they can be cooked in so many ways. I hate to admit that I will often buy the Tesco Value Eggs purely because we use so many for eating and for baking and these are very affordable.
However after having THE BEST egg sandwich round my mothers house and finding out she had bought these Happy Eggs for a change I decided to give them a go myself.
They are not the cheapest eggs but not overly priced too with a box of 6 medium eggs costing £1.55p and a box of the 6 large costing a little more at £1.72p from Tesco. I have seen them in Morrison's too so they must be widely available.
They have rather a lot of adverts on the TV at the moment which are quite amusing with the chickens riding around on quad bikes, with people driving of course. They are really trying to get the message across about the Happy Eggs company being very much a "free range" one with the chickens being given the very best they can have with the freedom to roam where they like and all farms being kept up to a very high standard.
But for me these eggs don't need to have so much hype around them as the taste truly speaks for itself. They have got to be the most delicious eggs that I have ever tasted. The yolks are so yellow and full of flavour and I even really enjoy eating the white part which everyone knows is the less tasty part of an egg.
The Happy Eggs taste best when poached as you really get the pure flavour of the egg itself. I have however eaten them in most forms and they are all delicious. Even the scrambled egg looked and tasted wonderful.
I think the fact that these chickens have a good environment really pays off as compared to the Tesco Value Eggs I would usually buy these can honestly be classed as "proper eggs" with a true egg flavour which is really lost on the mass made eggs I am so used to eating.
I have to give these Happy Eggs a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and a EXCEPTIONALLY HIGH recommendation. If you have not eaten these eggs then I would say that you will certainly not be disappointed.
The only thing I would say that, for myself even though I can see how well the chickens are treated (by looking at the website) and know that they taste far better, I will still be buying the Value ones too. We go through far too may eggs in my house and for baking the value ones are fine. So these Happy Eggs are purchased along side the value ones and can be enjoyed even more by comparison!
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.