Store bought eggs are not my favorite.
I miss my backyard hens terribly! They gave me gorgeous nutritious eggs every day.
But alas, I’m now in a rental townhouse…and while I’m happy to explore other aspects of homesteading, I’ve been on a search for the best store bought eggs.
And I know many of you dear readers are in a season where you also don’t have your own backyard hens, or access to farm fresh eggs.
So I’ve been on this quest to answer this question for us both,
Which Store Bought Eggs are Best?
The first thing to do is establish the criteria for a perfect egg. The yolk should be a vibrant orange color. Not a weak pale yellow. The orange-ier, the better.
Marketing for food is incredibly tricky, and so it’s hard to decipher what we’re even getting at the store in the first place.
Organic, vegitarian fed, cage-free, pastured…all natural….surely no one is fooled by that one anymore, right?
So let’s see if the labels match up to the sight test of the bright orange yolk.
I grabbed a bunch of different eggs from the local store; regular eggs, organic eggs, cage free eggs, and pastured eggs.
Let’s get cracking and see which store bought eggs are best.
Well, what do YOU think?
Starting from the left…we have the Pastured Egg, Organic Cage Free, Cage Free, Regular.
I think the clear winner is the pastured eggs. Which is why I’ll go for pastured OVER organic eggs.
Organic eggs only refers to the feed. The chickens are given organic feed, but many times are raised in cages, or “cage-free” meat lockers. This is what “cage free” really means…
“Cage free” means that birds are raised without cages, but it tells you nothing about any other living conditions. For instance, cage-free eggs could come from birds raised indoors in overcrowded spaces at large factory farms. ” – foodandwaterwatch.org
It’s totally inhumane, they don’t see the sun, and they sit in their own filth and are crammed in with tons of other birds. It’s honestly only a fraction of a step up from regular eggs. No wonder cage free eggs didn’t produce the best eggs.
The pastured eggs in contrast are raised on grass, bugs, and sunshine. The perfect recipe for a nutritious egg. And the proof is in the yolk. The pastured egg gave a significantly larger yolk that was bright orange, while every other egg, despite differing labels, gave small, anemic, pale yellow yolks.
Home grown is almost always best. You can know for certain what the hens are eating and what their living conditions are like. But, that isn’t an opportunity afforded to all of us all the time. So hopefully, this gives you a good idea of which store bought eggs are best so you can put the most nutritious options on your family table.