Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Stop throwing good money after bad food!

I have recently been eating free range eggs, purchased locally. That is a big difference in the way they look. And this picture doesn't even do justice to how big the difference really is in looks, taste and texture but it gives you an idea.

What made me swing to buying free-range as opposed to big agri-business produced tasteless crap? I'll share.

I, like most people, had long been buying eggs at the grocery store, but, they were tasteless and always rubbery when cooked. While chatting with my Granny one day, the course of our conversation took a turn to this topic. I say "Grandma why are these grocery store eggs so tasteless and rubbery", she says "when the eggs are old, they are more rubbery when cooked" Hmm, but they are supposed to be fresh eggs? As for the taste, well she figures it is what is fed to the chickens.

You may be thinking why would you ask your Granny that? My Grandmother knows what she speaks, as my Grandparents were farmers in general, but predominantly poultry. My Grandfather was locally known as the "eggman". Yes, he was the eggman, coo coo c'choo.
He delivered eggs fresh from their farm, to their customers.
They raised all manner of poultry chickens, turkey and they sold eggs. They were hard working, salt of the earth type people.
My Grandmother, whom by the way I love dearly will shortly be 90 yrs old.
So anyway, tired of spending good money on bad eggs, that were supposed to be fresh. We bought some locally produced free range eggs.

The first time I cracked one open, I was surprised to see such a difference.
Everything about the free range egg is different, the yolk is bright orange, not pale.
The white is not runny and slimey, it is more firm, a different feel and texture completely.
You know what else, the eggs taste better when cooked, and they are firm and tender, not rubbery.
Yes, I pay attention to the kind of things..... and I am not weird, I just care about what I eat.
If you can get some locally produced free range eggs, give them a try!

The picture above is from an article in Mother Earth News, it is long but definitely worth the read

Is Agribusiness Making Food Less Nutritious?

excerpt on the difference between agri-eggs and free range:
American agribusiness is producing more food than ever before, but the evidence is building that the vitamins and minerals in that food are declining. For example, take the two eggs shown at right. The one with the bright orange yolk is from a free-range chicken raised by Mother Earth News managing editor Nancy Smith, while the pale one is a supermarket egg from a hen raised indoors on a "factory farm." Eggs from free-range hens contain up to 30 percent more vitamin E, 50 percent more folic acid and 30 percent more vitamin B-12 than factory eggs. And the bright orange color of the yolk shows higher levels of antioxidant carotenes. (Many factory-farm eggs are so pale that producers feed the hens expensive marigold flowers to make the yolks brighter in color.)
Ask yourself, why are you throwing good money after bad food?


  1. This as microcosm, Pen. Everything is like this. I have no link but I remember reading about archeologists digging up bodies from 100 years ago (ie. pre-industrial farming) and the bodies had better bones and teeth than we do. Almost none of them had had their wisdom teeth out.

    And this is the difference between organic food and the shit we're forced to eat. Natural food has waaaaay more goodies in it than the clapped out crap in the supermarkets.

    Somebody gave me a bag of organic tomatoes a while back. The difference between them and the regular ones was astounding. Even the old man remarked upon it (and that's saying something).

  2. Here’s one for Yuh, now while all eggs have cholesterol,some more than others, range fed eggs are all but cholesterol free. All we eat here at the nest are range fed eggs from Red Rock Cross chickens, they are huge, about the size of a cue ball. I pay about $0.90 a dozen. The red or orange yolk color comes more from the bugs that the chickens eat than anything else.

    Now you can go to the store and but cholesterol free hen fruit at insane prices or find a farmer with less than 99 chickens and buy them there on the cheap.

    The reason for the 99 chicken thingy is that by Canadian law if the farmer has any more than 99 chickens on the yard he is reclassified and is not allowed selling to the general public. All eggs from farmers with more than 99 chickens has to go through the Canadian Poultry Producers Association which is much like the fucking Canadian Wheat Board. Weird huh Your tax dollars at work. Helping to protect you from renegade chicken wranglers.

  3. nobody: Organic tomatoes, are delicious, i know because we have them in our garden, we save our seeds and no toxins go on our garden.

    I freeze them up and we eat them all winter, including the other night on veal parmesan.


    I didn't know that about cholesterol?
    If free range chicken eggs have no cholesterol, is it what is fed to chickens that causes the eggs to have cholesterol?

    The 99 chicken thing sounds totally retarded, why am I surprised?

  4. Hiya Pen,

    Indeed free range eggs and chickens are far better tasting and worth the extra price. I can't wait for the weather to improve so I can get out to the country and restock my organic freezer hold! There are a few farms in the area where one can procure organic meats, not only poultry but lamb, pork, beef and the like. I wish I could get venicin though - as my neighbour was not so lucky this fall during the hunt :( and I love venicin - Bambi good - yummm!!

    BTW - I've ordered my seeds (some heirloom varieties this year) and have my indoor greenhouse set up and some things sprouting already!! I can't wait to get back into the garden and get my hands dirty! Spring can't come soon enough!! I'm so sick of the cold and snow - ugh. I hate this time of year.

  5. Penny, when it comes to what a free range chicken eats as compared to battery raised, it's simple. Free range eat grass, bugs, gravel etc, basically whatever it can get ahold of along with it's food. Whereas battery raised eat ground down seashells for digestion, and chemically enhanced chicken meal. Plus they get no exercise, can't move around much, and their water even has chemical additives to make them produce more than they would naturally.

    It all boils down to how much more quickly the farmer can get rich. Who cares about the health of the birds or the people that will be eating that swill.

    A little trick for you. When you boil an egg, if there is no hollow spot in the egg, you know it's fresh, the bigger that hollow spot is, the older the egg. Another trick, a fresh egg will not float, if it floats quite high in the water (like an iceberg), you don't want to break that shell, 'cause baby, it's bound to be rotten!

  6. this is interesting

    Welcome to the Chicken and Egg Page

    one more thing, the free range chicken egg yolks are like little balls, there round.
    so amazing

  7. Try chicken that has never been frozen - or steak.

    Since I started sprouting I feel better and have lost weight, I lost about 10 pounds. I never diet or worry about my weight but I have also noticed a decline on my appetite for junk food.

    I sprout 11 different kinds of beans using the two variety mixes from Toronto Sprouts. Its a minimum of work, much less than cooking food. All the beans sprout at the same rate.

  8. hey doug;

    at least that way, you can eat your own fresh food.
    do you have a balcony where you are, cause you can always try some tomatoes etc in a pot on the balcony.

    I was thinking on this subject how much healthier we would likely all be, if we could get decent, real food into our bodies.