What eggs-actly is the difference between chicken eggs, and duck eggs? This is a common question we hear throughout the day in our Farm Store. And, while it is fun sharing what we love about duck eggs. This can become…well, repetitive!
Due to the simple nature of repetition, important aspects which separate the duck from the chicken egg may get lost in the…repetition. Oops, did I already say that, repetition? Hah! Ba-dum Tshh!
Two paragraphs in, one pun and one bad joke down. Stay with me folks, there is good information to be found below- I promise! The most apparent differences between duck and chicken eggs, is noticeable upon first view. Eggs produced by ducks are generally larger in size, with a thicker and smooth shell. You know what they say? The bigger the egg, the bigger the yolk! This is perfectly true when it comes to duck eggs. The yolk is approximately 50% larger in size, and it has a richer flavor. Not only does the egg of a duck look different from the egg of chicken, but they have quite a different nutrition profile.
Our bodies require approximately 8-18mg of iron per day. Iron helps our bodies to form red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout the body. One duck egg provides approximately 4mg, just about half the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA).
Duck eggs are an alkaline producing food. This means duck eggs help keep our ph balance in check, making our bodies less hospitable to unwanted illnesses, bacteria, or yeast. Another benefit to consuming duck eggs, is their anti-inflammatory properties. They promote a healthy inflammation response due to the level of Choline found within the egg. Choline is found in duck eggs that are free-roaming/pasture raised, and can eat whatever bug, crop, or vegetation that comes their way. It is also very important that pasture raised ducks have plenty of water at their disposal to drink, eat and play in to create noticeable levels of Choline and overall better tasting eggs. Choline supports healthy muscle contractions, this includes our most important muscle, the heart! Choline is also an essential nutrient in cell formation, and liver detoxification. 184mg of Choline is recommended per day. One duck egg provides approximately this amount! Duck eggs also contain more Omega 3 fatty acids, which has been linked to improve skin health, brain health, and much more.
One of the more popular distinctions between the two eggs is regarding those who are allergic to chicken eggs. Rejoice there is an alternative! Most individuals who have allergic reactions to chicken eggs, do not have this same experience when eating duck eggs. Gluten intolerance? Duck eggs are obviously gluten free, but what you may not know is that duck eggs make for a great binding element when baking with gluten free products, improving the texture of your gluten free baked goods.
Truly, duck eggs are prized for their ability to produce fluffier, cakes and pastries due to the higher amounts albumen (egg whites) and fat. Baking gluten free or not, duck eggs are a baker’s best friend.
What else can we say? That duck egg yolk is richer, and a phenomenal choice when making hollandaise sauce, lemon curd, and ice cream. Or, that you can do all the same things with a duck egg that you can do with a chicken egg (poach, fry, hard boil, scramble, etc.). Honestly, there is not much more to say, yet we will leave you with a few tips when working with duck eggs.
- When substituting duck egg for chicken egg in baking the official substitution ratio is 2 duck eggs for every 3 chicken eggs. Unless you are working with a duck egg of similar size to a chicken egg, then it is 1:1.
- Be sure to not overcook your duck eggs. There is less water content and they cook faster. Overcooked duck eggs become very rubbery. The lower water content also requires a little hard work when whipping up the egg whites (room temp. with a little lemon juice tends to help out).
Until next time, enjoy incorporating duck eggs into your diet. And, remember a hard-boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat!
You can find our delicious pasture raised duck eggs for sale in our Farm Store, Farmer’s Market booths, and as an Add On option through our CSA program! We’d love to see what you are whipping up! Share your favorite eggs-traordinary dishes with us on Facebook and Instagram. Cheers!