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  • What To Look For When Buying Eggs

    Since eggs tend to be a staple for many on a Primal diet, i was wondering what type eggs are being purchased? Should they be organic, whatever that means, cage-free, or high in Omega 3 or ???

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    The eggs we buy are from free ranging chickens, who are not fed any grains to supplement their diet. So they get to run around on grass all day long. I am so glad we found this butcher. We get all our meat from here too.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Ayla2010 View Post
      The eggs we buy are from free ranging chickens, who are not fed any grains to supplement their diet. So they get to run around on grass all day long. I am so glad we found this butcher. We get all our meat from here too.
      Yep, try to get the pasture fed guys. You will see and taste the difference.

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      • #4
        I'm currently buying eggs that have 660mg of Omega 3's. However, there is no informatioin regarding them being uncaged or grass fed. Would I be better off with eggs from free ranging chickens with much less Omega 3? What would be a good amount of Omega 3 per egg?

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        • #5
          Yep, free-range small farmer owned still wins. Find a local farmer's market or something. I get mine from my parents' neighbors. I'm guessing if you know the Omega 3 content then you're still buying from a big company. Also, the FDA is VERY lenient on what they consider "free-range" or "cage-free"...you should look into that.
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          • #6
            If anyone in the NYC area has a good source for pastured eggs, please let me know.

            I went to the Union Square farmer's market on Saturday, and asked everyone who was selling organic pastured eggs what the chicken's diet was. Without fail, they were all fed (among other things) soy and (local) grains. I bought from two of them anyway. When I got home, I made 3 servings of 2 scrambled eggs, and did a taste test. One of the two ($5/dz) was actually a paler yellow and less flavorful than even the cheap store bought eggs ($1.29/dz) The other ($12/dz) had deep orange yolks and a very distinct flavor, quite tasty. However, $5 for my morning scrambled eggs (since I eat 5) seems a bit much, except as an occasional indulgence.

            When asked about the soy, the worker said that he would have to charge $15/dz to brings eggs to market without adding soy to the feed... Very disappointing.
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            • #7
              Yeah, the difference in the color of the yolks was a pretty big surprise to my wife. The taste of the deep orange yolk is 10x richer than the bland pale yellow GMO eggs, too. As for where to find some, move away from NYC.
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              • #8
                See if you can get Vital Farms brand eggs. They are from Texas. Pretty expensive but the yolks are dark. The key word for eggs is pastured. For small farmers, it's helpful if there are pictures of the farm and the chickens because there probably isn't a law against lying about your eggs being from pastured chickens.
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                • #9
                  Honestly... I just buy the 5 dozen egg pack from winco. It's only $5 at most ($3.88 on an amazing sale) and we go through 10 dozen/mo between the 3 of us. We get grass fed/pastured meat from a local farmer, and I pick up wild caught sea food at Target.
                  Optimally you want to opt for eggs from a local farmer who lets the chickens run around to peck & scratch the day away. Eggs like that can be expensive, though, which is why we get regular eggs.
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                  • #10
                    shells. i like my eggs to come in shells

                    organic, free range. from a local farmer if possible. we go through 3 dozen a week. local farm. totally free ranged. those lucky chickens get to nibble on bugs all day long. the eggs are amazing and the yolks are practically orange. $4 a dozen, and worth every penny

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by XGrains View Post
                      I'm currently buying eggs that have 660mg of Omega 3's. However, there is no informatioin regarding them being uncaged or grass fed. Would I be better off with eggs from free ranging chickens with much less Omega 3? What would be a good amount of Omega 3 per egg?
                      If they don't say they're cage-free, they're not. That's the sort of thing producers want on the label. It makes their brand more attractive and they can charge more. They are not going to leave that off the label by mistake.

                      As for what to choose, I get pastured. I suppose if I couldn't, my next choice would be organic, cage-free, omega-3 eggs. Pretty much the same feed as regular organic, but with added flax.

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                      • #12
                        I get the Vital Farms eggs too, they come with a tiny-sized newsletter about how the chickens live. So cute.

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                        • #13
                          Whole Foods was running a special last night on the pastured eggs at $4/dozen this week, so I got two dozen. Otherwise, I go for the cage free variety, as those seem to be a little better.

                          I'm sympathetic to those saying I should buy pastured eggs, but they're normally $5-$6 a dozen, and I can't swing that.

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                          • #14
                            Thirding the Vital Farms love. That's what I buy - it's pricey, but cheaper than buying decent meat in my area right now, so I tend to eat a lot of eggs. The yolks are so dark, basically orange. And the taste is so much better than a regular egg. If you can swing it, it's worth it.

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                            • #15
                              mine come from a family friend.... $2 a dozen. they are in a coop, but are allowed to roam also. You can tell the difference in the yolks... DARK orange from all the "bugs" they forage. She also feeds them fruit and veggie scraps. Which reminds me I am out of eggs

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