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Eggsactly what I thought they would be like
Eggs in General
Member Name: excelsior81
Eggs in General
Advantages: cheap! (bad bird joke)
Disadvantages: I felt guilty eating them
I do love a good egg!
I enjoy eggs because they are such a versatile food, scrambled, fried, poached...all taste yummy and all go well with so many other foods.
I usually buy organic free range eggs, often from corn fed chickens, but I decided to buy these value eggs after watching a recent documentary about chickens.
Recently, I was at a friends house and I noticed that she had these eggs. I immediately wanted to launch into my anti battery hen lecture, when she turned round to me and said ' oh...and before you start, I hate chickens. they are nasty, cruel looking things and I do not give a toss how they are kept' ...an answer I do not agree with....but I can see her point!
The programme I am referring to included shots of an organic farm for chickens. We are often led to believe that the organic chickens have a 'Disneyesque' lifestyle, enjoying roaming fields and high quality feed. I was taken aback when I saw that these organic chickens STILL Live din a barn and although they could move freely around, did actually have very limited space to do so. The biggest difference was obviously what they were fed and how often they were cleaned, the conditions were much better.
I inderstand in these financially pressing times that not everyone can afford to buy corn fed, organic chicken eggs, so in fairness I decided to buy a tray of the value eggs. Firstly, it was a real bargain to get 15 in a tray, the box has the 'Lion Brand' label on which also suggests that teh eggs have come from chickens which have to meet minimum standards of hygiene, which include space and cleanliness.
The eggs were pale and did not look as wholesome as the eggs I would buy from a local farmers market by my home. They looked like they were smaller too. The container was also plastic. Now I be come across as a purist here, but I like my eggs served in a cardboard box!
When I cracked the eggs, The shells were very thin. It was clear that the eggs produced by these chickens were not strong and healthy. Teh shells seemed to lack the usual calcium feel that I have come to expect.
So how did they taste?
They tasted ...OK. The yolks were not a rich yellow colour that I usually enjoy (sometimes if I am really lucky I get eggs with an orange yolk...delicious) but they were tasty enough when fried and added to an egg sandwich.
Poaching these eggs was not brilliant though, I found that they spread out a bit too much in the pan, probably again, due to the lack of a good balanced diet for the chickens.
I knwo that eggs should be eaten in moderation and perhaps a good way of ensuring that is to buy eggs that are from caged hens. i did feel a little guilty eating these eggs, but I did think back to that programme where the 'organic' chickens were still all clumped together in a barn.
These eggs are by no means the best that I have had, but like other value foods they serve a purpose. I would rather have an egg than not have one if they were too expensive and I did learn one thing...
If you want a real organic egg, that you know has come from a chicken which is well looked after and healthy...then get your own!
Summary: Get your own chicken
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