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Cage Free Eggs versus Regular Eggs and other Eggciting things

Good morning, folks! I hope that everyone is having a good day today. I’m sad to report that our Black & Decker blender gave up the ghost this morning. We’ve only had it since December, so I’m not really all that impressed. I’ve been doing research and checking reviews all morning before I go and get a new blender. I need one that I can make smoothies daily without it breaking in less than 2 months.

Of course I got distracted while looking for the perfect blender, or at least one with really good reviews. Since I need to go grocery shopping today, I’m doing some research on cage free eggs and what the difference is between cage free versus regular eggs. So regular eggs come from chickens that are held in battery cages. These chickens can’t stretch their wings, run or lay their eggs in private, and they have very little space at all. Cage free chickens do get to run around a pen usually indoors and not outdoors. These chickens do have enough room to stretch their wings and run around, and they can lay their eggs on a nest. Cage free eggs usually have more vitamins and minerals than battery cage eggs, so I can only conclude that chickens are happier acting like chickens.Still cage free chickens are not allowed outside which brings us to free range or free roaming chickens or pasture raised chickens. There is really no agency that regulates this, so free range chickens are usually kept outdoors. They may be outdoors all the time or only allowed out for a certain number of hours per day. The Humane Society has a great explanation here.

If I want to get the most nutrients and Omega-3 fatty acids, I want pasture raised certified organic eggs. Pasture raised chickens spend all day outside and sleep inside at night. The certified organic designation is  regulated and means that the chickens are fed an organic vegetarian diet with no pesticides or antibiotics being used and regulated by the USDA’s National Organic Program. Pasture raised certified organic eggs should have a darker yolk, be better for us and taste better, too.

I’m off after lunch to hunt down some pasture raised certified organic eggs. Man is that a mouthful! We’ll see if the yolks are a different color and if they taste better. Fine, I’m really just dying to know if they taste better. I’ll keep you posted.

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