Cheap grocery store eggs vs. Pastured eggs
So I'm thinking about making the change to pastured eggs. I eat a ton of eggs, so the price difference is considerable. (I buy 30-50 per week for 2 people) How worthwhile is this change?
Are store eggs devoid of nutrition?
What in particular are the benefits of pastured eggs.
And how to find cheap pastured eggs.
Thanks in advance for any opinions or research on this!
We go through about 3 dozen eggs a week. We used to have a good source of pastured eggs through a friend who had backyard hens. That's becoming more and more popular, so check around with people you know and see if anyone has some and is willing to sell you eggs.
We lost that source, sadly, so we are back to grocery store eggs. They aren't entirely devoid of nutrition, they're just less optimal. They're still better than cereal!
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We've been eating local pastured eggs exclusively for years, even though it costs about 3-4 times more than crap eggs. Seriously, grocery store eggs are crap. You don't know how many weeks or months they've been there. The yolks are pale and small, the whites are sad and defeated. Pastured eggs taste like EGGS, not like eggs?
Yes, the crap eggs have some nutritional content, but do a side-by-side test of appearance and taste.
Grocery store foods are CHEAP because they are designed to be that way. Price matters more than quality. Sadly, health and nutrition will suffer.
Get used to the price of what REAL FOOD costs. Buy the best quality that your budget and resources will allow. Do some research. Plan your meals around the deals, and fill your freezer with the best meat you can find. Prioritize. If eggs are important to you, spend a little more, and cut corners somewhere else. Primal eating seems expensive at first, but once you cook almost all your meals at home and cut out restaurant, fast food and convenience food, your actual eating budget will be lower. And don't beat yourself up about eating less than "perfectly primal."
I buy 1/4 or 1/2 grassfed, family/friend raised cow at a time. Cut and wrapped its almost $6/lb. (actually a bargain compared to individual cuts at retail) Its more expensive than grocery store meat. BUT hubby also hunts, and our game, cut and wrapped, comes in under $2/lb. I supplement that with rock bottom grocery store deals on poultry and pork. The more hubby kills, the less commercial meat I have to buy.
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We raise our own birds for eggs and they are FAR superior in taste and looks and MUST be in nutrition! That being said, last winter when my ladies were low producers (low sunlight=low egg laying), I supplemented with some crappy store eggs and they actually made me feel ILL after eating them. Very noticeable difference. I went to sourcing a local farmer who had some extra eggs during that time of the year and they more resembled our backyard beauties!
I understand the problem as I struggle with costs too (I eat lots of eggs).
I probably split my eggs 30% cheap supermarket, 70% free range "happy" eggs.
I can't tell the difference in terms of taste- probably because I've never sat down and eaten one of each to compare. However, I've read enough literature on here to tell me that free range eggs are better for me.
Prices seem to be dropping, probably due to more competition, but as Sandra said- they are priced that way because they are real foods.. It is what they are worth!!
This is what I have to do right now. I buy most of my eggs local and free range but sometimes I just don't have the extra cash to spend and have to get the cheapies. Not as good for you but at least it is better than a bowl of corn flakes.
Originally Posted by uni
...or Pop Tarts!
Originally Posted by PrimalPumpkin
Agreed. We do what we can time, money, availability permitting. If you have to go for the store bought, non-pastured eggs maybe just limit them to 10-12 a week or less. I go in spurts eating lots of eggs in a week to none at all for a few weeks. I will try to pay more attention to free range eggs if I can in the future though. Seem to run between $2.50-$3/per dozen around here. Not real cheap but if you set that carton aside for yourself and have 2 a day it doesn't seem like so much per.
i call bullshit on many things in terms of taste (grass-fed, organic etc.). health is another issue, but taste? grass fed rib-eye or conventional rib-eye is the same to me.
but eggs? here's where the differences get REAL. no comparison, always go pastured!!!!!
Jakey, I can tell a HUGE difference with ground beef. When I started getting grass-fed, I would just smell the beef and it smelled... I can't describe it except to say clean and fresh. The flavor profiles of muscle meats may have minute variations, but when it comes to fattier cuts, again, a huge difference. And even with steaks, the freshness is just far superior. I've never had a grass-fed that had any quality issues, but I've had plenty of steaks that I took out of packages that looked great... until I saw they had brown spots underneath.
Originally Posted by jakey
Never going back to CAFO beef. JMO. Just had some rib steaks last week that were amazing, had some pastured pork chops a few nights ago that were close to orgasmic. Pastured pork is so far above any commercial pork it's criminal. These chops had a ring of fat that most people would have cut off. For me, eye-rolling intensity.