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    So what are the best eggs you can buy? I usually get the "golden yolks" omega-3 eggs from TJ's. They're not organic or free-range--I did buy the organic, free-range ones once, but the yolks were so pale, and I was always under the impression that the darker, the better. So since I haven't been able to find a local source of fresh eggs, what would be my best choice? Are the dark ones better despite not being organic and all that, or is the organic better even though the yolks are pale and seem to have less flavor?

    Thanks.
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    I get eggs from a local farmer that I know. I can see the chickens running around in the pasture and I know what they are fed. Those are the best eggs in my opinion.
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    • #3
      "Organic" typically means the chickens were raised on certified organic feed. It doesn't speak to their living conditions. Same with the Omega 3 eggs. This could mean that the chickens were fed an omega-3 enriched feed. I would stick with the darkest yolks you can find.

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      • #4
        Free range only means the chickens had "access to the outdoors". That can mean one tiny door to one tiny yard for a whole huge barn full of chickens. Unless you can find a reliable source of pastured eggs that you can trust to actually raise their chickens properly, a free-range egg can be pretty much anything they want to call free range.

        If you can't get good, local eggs, then I'd go with the darker yolks. Organic feed can mean organic soy and grain. O3 eggs are from chickens that get fed flax, generally, to up the O3 content of the egg. Not as good as a real pastured egg, but probably an ok bet given your options. I wouldn't give up the search for good local eggs, but I'd make do with the darker yolk type in the meantime.
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        • #5
          You need to look harder for the local "egg lady." Hard to believe there aren't any in Scottsdale. Check the local farmers markets. Until then, I would not spend alot of time figuring out which grocery store eggs to buy.
          Last edited by Scotty; 10-02-2011, 06:22 AM.
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          • #6
            As others have pointed out, you want to find someone local who actually pasture raises their chickens. Chickens should be eating insects and if they are coming from a large farm (TJs, WFs, name any other large brand), no matter what it says on the label about them being cage free, they are most likely not pasture raised and very likely factory farmed and grain fed. This list is far from comprehensive but it can help in a pinch.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by pdovers View Post
              I get eggs from a local farmer that I know. I can see the chickens running around in the pasture and I know what they are fed. Those are the best eggs in my opinion.
              I do this too. Happy chickens = happy eggs!!! And the chickens she sells are amazing tasting too.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by pdovers View Post
                I get eggs from a local farmer that I know. I can see the chickens running around in the pasture and I know what they are fed. Those are the best eggs in my opinion.
                I do this too. Happy chickens = happy eggs!!! And the chickens she sells are amazing tasting too.

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                • #9
                  The best thing you can do is pick out a bunch of different cartons at the store, and crack them open and do a yolk-color comparison. That tells you everything you need to know about whether those guys are eating their share of bugs and worms. Start with the DHA enriched eggs -- in my experience, those are the darkest of the non-pastured. Obviously, if the carton says "pastured," that's your best bet to start with, too.

                  I go to Whole Foods for mine ("pastured"), and the yolks are orange.

                  I did try some so-called pastured eggs that I picked up from the farmer's market, after talking to the lady and her showing me photos of the chickens running around outside. When I got home and opened them up, the color was lame: go figure.

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                  • #10
                    What are the benefits of buying more expensive eggs? If its omega 3 content it would be much cheaper to supplement with fish oil pills, would it not?

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                    • #11
                      Personally I buy the most expensive eggs available at the store if I'm out of local eggs. Eggs are cheap! The most expensive I can find is around 4 bucks. I also like to not buy the same shit every time. Law of averages.

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                      • #12
                        Hmmm maybe I'll have to go to Whole Foods! I've just been looking for eggs to buy on Craigslist and find tons, but they're all in the west valley, over an hour drive from where I live...but I'll try to find farmer's markets too. And thanks, I figured darker was better.
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                        "I don't know what's wrong with me, but I love this shit."
                        --Tommy Caldwell


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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by jimhensen View Post
                          What are the benefits of buying more expensive eggs? If its omega 3 content it would be much cheaper to supplement with fish oil pills, would it not?
                          Yes, simply for providing EPA/DHA fish oil is likely a more economical option, (especially if aiming for the 1000-2000mg EPA/DHA doses used in research studies) but there is also the question of overall nutritional content (and some argue taste). Chickens with a more nutritious diet lay more nutritious eggs (vitamins, minerals, differences in fatty acid composition).

                          Beyond just their diet, some people want to stay away from industrial scale egg production where chickens are de-beaked, kept indoors in tiny cages by the thousands, and shot full of drugs to prevent infections & disease.

                          I for one am on the fence about paying more for eggs, although from what I've seen our eggs start off at a higher price up here in Canada than people speak of in the states anyways (Walmart's cheapest is $2.40~ a dozen, with regionally produced "free range" eggs just under $3, and omega3 eggs $3.50-4. Organic/local are like $4-5)
                          I don't mind paying a tad more for the ones produced closer to home, or with improved feed but when I'm cooking with a half dozen or more eggs I'd rather have 50% more eggs than slightly more nutrition per egg. Plus, even the cheapest eggs I see are from in-province, so I think I'm doing better than many.
                          Last edited by Fury; 10-02-2011, 04:36 PM.

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                          • #14
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                            • #15
                              if you go to a local farmers market there is always someone selling eggs. i don't know what part of scottsdale you are in but saturday mornings there is a farmers market at roadrunner park. now that the weather is "cooler" the farmers market at town and country on wednesdays in phoenix is awesome because the best organic farmer is back - mcclendon- is back (the family doesn't sell during the summer because as you know the only thing that grows here during the summer is okra and basil). i go to the wednesday market - you can get eggs there, raw goat milk, and now great produce
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