People who visit here often comment on the bright yolks in their breakfast eggs when I’m serving them up in the studio.
Some yolks can be quite dark! There’s a marked difference between farm egg yolks and the yolks in eggs from the grocery store. Where does that color come from? What the hens eat, which is similar to the coloring in butter–farm-fresh cow butter is more yellow in the summer months when cows are grazing on fresh grass, whiter in the winter when they’re eating hay. This is also true of chickens and their eggs. And since most grocery store eggs come from chickens who aren’t free-ranging at all, the yolks are always a more pale color.
Farm fresh eggs aren’t necessarily more nutritious, by the way–other than from the simple fact that they’re fresh, and that the hens have a more natural diet.
They definitely taste different, at least to me. Farm fresh eggs taste…. Fresh.
And a little bit different in the same sense that farm-raised beef tastes different. There’s more taste, period. Farm fresh yolks are also thicker and richer.
Fresh eggs separate better, too, and they poach better. I’ve heard some people say they have issues with hard-boiling fresh eggs–see Perfect Deviled Eggs for tips on boiling farm fresh eggs.
And, while we’re on the subject of farm fresh eggs, I’ve run into a few people here and there who have farms and even some who have chickens, or have had chickens in the past, who won’t eat farm fresh eggs because they don’t think they’re safe. Eggs at the store come from farms, too, you know–you just don’t see the farm, and the chickens may be laying in confinement buildings. And store eggs are often six to eight weeks old before they even arrive at the store.
I’d rather have an egg fresh from my chickens’ fluffy bee-hinds any day! Though I realize not everyone can have chickens. If you can’t, go find a farmer’s market and get you some fresh eggs. Your omelet will thank you. And so will your cookies and your cakes and…. You get the idea! Eggs are such a basic component in so many recipes. And fresh eggs make everything taste better.
This ode to the farm fresh egg brought to you by the letter C….for chicken!