What You Might Not Know About The Fresh Chicken Eggs At Blue Sky
If you’ve never owned backyard chickens, there are a few things about fresh eggs that you might not have ever known. Fresh eggs are actually quite different from store-bought eggs in a number of ways. Not only are they better for you nutritionally, particularly from our hens that are allowed to free range, fed an amazing diet of organic produce and a special no soy no corn organic feed, and here are a few other differences…
The Yolks Are Darker and Tastier
Our girls yolks can be considerably darker than you are used to seeing from store bought eggs. Beautiful dark orange yolk, very different from the pale yellow yolk you are used to from conventional eggs. That darker shade is evidence of a healthy diet that includes greens, grass and bugs, and not only is it far more visually appealing it is much tastier and nutritious than those other anemic store bought versions.
When an egg has just been laid, it is covered with a special protective coating called the “bloom”. You can’t see it or feel it, but it’s there. This coating helps protect the potential developing chick from being exposed to bacteria through the porous eggshell. When that bloom has been washed off, that layer of protection is lost, and eggs begin to spoil due to bacteria being absorbed through the shell.
Store-bought eggs have been washed before being packaged, so they have a very limited shelf life. Our fresh eggs, on the other hand, will last for several months even without refrigeration as long as the bloom has not been washed off, and the eggs are stored in a cool environment.
Hard Boiling Fresh Eggs
If you’ve ever tried to hard boil a fresh egg, you might know the feeling of wanting to throw the whole darned thing against the wall. That shell just does not want to come off! You can give them a couple of weeks to sit before boiling them, so that the membrane has time to break down and loosen from the shell, OR… you can use this trick:
. Fill a medium sized pot with enough water to slightly cover your eggs, and bring it to a full rolling boil.
. Carefully submerge room temperature eggs into the pot.
. Bring it back to a boil, reduce heat to med/low, and continue a light boil for 15 min.
. When finished cooking, pour off the hot water and cover the eggs with ice cold water. Allow them to sit until cool. The shells will slip right off!