Organic Egg Taste Test- Which to Buy and Which to Ditch?

Being as frugal as they come, I tend to choose my eggs based on price. It’s certainly difficult to tell which taste best when weeks go by between your consumption of different brands. Being health conscious, my husband and I always purchase organic, preferably from local farms. An organic certification means the hens must be fed organic feed and have access to the outdoors; animal by-products and GMO crops in feed are prohibited. There can be no traces of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. Forced molting is not allowed, the animals cannot be caged, and the certification requires maintenance of basic animal welfare standards.

So as foodies we decided to do a taste test to see which ones were truly worth the extra cash and which ones to pass on,  and of course included our four year old daughter Eliana. (We were a bit suspicious that she may have been born with a more sophisticated palate than us, until her adjectives got a bit questionable.)

We purchased all five of the organic brands that were available at Woodman’s in Appleton, WI.  All brands were fairly similar in appearance, each carton of eggs having slight variance in color, mottling, and size.

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We noticed some very slight differences in the color of the yolks and whites.

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All had similar sell-by dates, were cooked at the same time in a cast iron pan at the same temperature, and were unsalted.

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I let chef Matt do the honors

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Our observations were as follows:

BRAND PRICE LOCATION PACKAGE CLAIMS MATT’S REVIEW MEGAN’S REVIEW THE TODDLER REVIEW
Milo’s Poultry Farms Organic Omega 3 Eggs $4.29 per dozen Bonduel, WI “Pastured as much as possible” Mild, no off taste, not much depth. The shells are very thin, which leads me to believe the chickens have poor calcium intake. Not much flavor, but pleasant. Good. Kind of gross.
Eggland’s Best Organic eggs

 

$4.39 per dozen Does not disclose “Vegetarian fed, cage free” Fattier. Whites are clean and firm. Buttery, rich, creamy, hearty. Kind of tastes like olives.
Phil’s Organic Omega 3 Eggs $4.19 per dozen Forreston, IL “Free range, whole grain fed” Rubbery. Firm, blah, not much flavor. The whites taste like paper. Kind of good.
Organic Valley Organic Eggs $4.79 per dozen Wisconsin “Free range” Rich, creamy. Creamy, melts in your mouth. A bit umami. Good. Tastes like avocados and oranges.
Blue Sky Family Farms Organic Eggs $4.99 per dozen

 

Warsaw, IN “Pastured, outside 365 days a year, certified humane.” Strongest natural rich yolk flavor. Rich, buttery, satisfying, creamy. Grapes.
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The littlest food critic

So which were the best and which failed the test?

#1- Blue Sky Family Farms  (ding ding ding, winner winner chicken dinner!)

#2- Eggland’s Best

#3- Organic Valley

#4- Phil’s

#5- Milo’s Poultry Farms

 

So there you go! I’ll gladly be spending the extra $.80 on tastier, creamier eggs from now on. It was interesting to me that there was indeed a correlation between price and quality. Stay tuned and follow my blog and facebook page– I’ll be sourcing more local brands to taste test in the coming months. Which brands would you like to see? Let me know!

Warmly,

Megan Normansell (Kerkhoff), CHC, AADP, CFH

Certified Holistic Practitioner/Holistic Nutritionist/Herbalist/Wild Edibles Guide

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Wild Ramp & Egg Bowl with Lemon Herb Sauce

Tis the season for wild ramps-  here’s an incredible recipe that can be eaten as a breakfast or dinner. Tastes like a kind of gourmet eggs benedict!

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Ingredients:

  • 10-15 ramps
  • 2-3 eggs
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of fresh parsley
  • About half cup of your favorite mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Pinch of chili flakes or powder
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Pinch of paprika

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 375. Place the ramps, mushrooms, 4 tbsp of olive oil and a sprinkling of salt in a baking pan or cast iron pan and bake for 15 minutes or until the mushrooms are golden.

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While it is cooking, bring a pot of water to a boil and poach/soft boil the eggs for about 3 minutes.

Blend the parsley, 1 tbsp pine nuts, lemon juice, ½ cup olive oil, and chili in a food processor until smooth. Season to taste with sea salt.

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Place the mushroom/ramp blend in a bowl, topped with the eggs. Drizzle with the lemon herb sauce, and then the remaining 1 tbsp pine nuts. Sprinkle the egg with paprika if desired. Enjoy!

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Toddler Meals to Promote a Strong Immune System & a Healthy Body

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I had to share my daughter’s lunch from today because it looked so darn pretty- hard boiled organic eggs with paprika, spelt pancakes with coconut oil & mulberries, organic apple slices, and a stalk of organic celery. She LOVES meals like this!

Kids meals don’t have to be complex- look for simple, whole food ingredients, and try to include a veggie, a fruit, a protein, a good fat, and a whole grain. (I much prefer whole grains to flours, but these spelt pancakes are a weekend treat for us!). Chemical-free, whole foods like this will keep your kiddo’s immune system strong, will support healthy physical and mental development, and will ensure they maintain good eating habits into adulthood.

Warmly,

Megan Normansell (Kerkhoff), CHC, AADP, CFH

Certified Holistic Practitioner/Holistic Nutritionist/Herbalist/Wild Edibles Guide

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Turning Cravings into Real Food

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We all have those comfort foods that we loved as a child- mac & cheese, ice cream cones, tater tot casserole, etc. So what does a health-conscious adult do when that once beloved food pops up as a food craving? Ignore it and suffer? Indulge in it and feel guilty afterwards? Nope! Make a healthy version, of course!

Egg Salad Sandwiches: not a food we normally think of as healthy. But just like any other comfort food, they can be. Switch out the typically chemical-laden processed ingredients for their organic & whole food counterparts, and you’ll feel satisfied & happy.

Now this was my first attempt at egg salad, and I must warn you I’m not one to measure. (I’d have a whole lot more recipes for you if I did!)  So these are just estimates. But this leaves room for you to get creative and make it your own!

Ingredients:

6 hardboiled organic eggs (free of pesticides, GMO’s, and growth hormones)

About 1/3 cup organic mayo (I like spectrum organics- with healthier simple non-GMO ingredients like egg, vinegar, mustard, & lemon- instead of the toxic big name brands full of MSG, preservatives, and genetically modified ingredients)

Paprika (look for organic and/or non-irradiated)

Green onions or chives, chopped (look for fresh, or non-irradiated dried)

Sea salt & black pepper (instead of iodized table salt, which can cause bloating and edema)

Yellow mustard (look for simple ingredients without preservatives)

Dark green leafies like chard, arugula, or kale (instead of iceburg)

Organic spouted bread (instead of processed wheat bread, which contributes to many diseases and weight gain)

Directions:

In a medium sized bowl, chop the peeled eggs into chunks. Mix in the mayo. Sprinkle desired amounts of paprika, onions/chives, and yellow mustard. The right amounts of these ingredients should make the egg salad a nice bright yellow color as pictured here, dotted with colorful greens. Season to taste with the sea salt and pepper.

That’s it! Now serve it on sprouted organic bread (I’m using Angelic brand in this picture) and top with dark colored leafy greens. Enjoy your healthy classic childhood treat!

 

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Amp Up Your Morning Eggs

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This is a simple way to add more plant power to your omelettes- quinoa! 

This omelette was made with 2 whole eggs, whipped with about 1/4 cup of cooked red quinoa. It is filled with organic spinach, organic orange bell peppers, onions, and raw organic local cheddar. 

Why quinoa? 

It’s an excellent food for heart and lung health, energy, and endurance. It’s also very high in complete protein and fiber- this recipe has about 15 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber. The vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients in quinoa, such as b2 and magnesium, help with metabolism, tissue repair and growth, enzyme activity, brain function, balancing blood sugar, detoxification, and keeping bones and teeth healthy.

Organic & Local Egg McMegans

Organic & Local Egg McMegans

McDonalds who?? (This recipe SERIOUSLY blows Egg McMuffins out the water!)

This quick treat features local, organic potatoes from the Kaukauna farmers market, and local organic eggs, butter & cheese from Trust Local Foods in Little Chute. I recommend using non-irradiated seasonings and sprouted grain muffins.

1. Simply saute the cut potatoes in olive oil on medium-high heat for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Sprinkle with dulse or kelp flakes, onion powder, turmeric powder, sea salt, and garlic powder. Add one whole chopped onion and turn the heat down to low-medium. Saute for another 5 minutes.

2. While the potatoes are cooking, pan fry your egg in a bit of olive oil. Toast your muffins and lightly butter, then place a slice of cheese on the bottom slice. When your egg is done, place on top of the cheese and top with the other muffin half. Enjoy!

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Megan Normansell (Kerkhoff), CHC, AADP, CFH

Certified Holistic Practitioner/Holistic Nutritionist/Herbalist/Wild Edibles Guide

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