Sunday, August 29, 2010

Bet you didn't know this...Why to buy Farm Fresh eggs

 According Mother Earth News true organic free range eggs are more nutritious than commercial brands.  3 times more vitamin E and 7 times more beta-carotene.

Did you know a hens eggs shell is just as porous as our skin?
They are not impermeable as I once thought.
I was talking with my farmer where I buy my eggs from( I love visiting Farmers Markets)  and I asked him "how are your eggs washed?".
This whole topic also started with a co worker of mine as we were talking eggs and she mentioned an article she read about the chemicals used in commercial egg factories.
She also brings me farm fresh eggs when I can't make it to the market.
I also have a regular client of mine(who writes an awesome foody blog) that brings me farm fresh eggs and the eggs that she brings....wait folks; the farmer feeds her hens with Bee Propolis(she sells her own, royal jelly/beewax line) so I have super healthy fantastic eggs!
You can say I'm little eggstatic about farm fresh produce!
They taste so rich, they aren't thin and watery with a sad looking pale yolk.  There is a difference.
So back to my farmer, he was kinda surprised by my question because no one has ever asked him that he said just water with a little elbow grease.
However, you can't just submerge them and let them soak...bacteria will get into the egg itself, there is a method.
It works in the "same' way that when submerged in water the pores open and do you know what is used to clean commercial eggs?
Would you be surprised to know that chlorine is used and mineral oil?  Yep, mineral oil to give it that nice shine to make it more appealing to consumers.
I have been trying to find more information on this as it is quite hard!  However I found a great source from this website and please read it, it has valuable information and pretty much says what I would like to say.

Here is an excerpt from the site, Ukiah blog:

"Your Organic Eggs May Be Chlorinated or Rinsed in Lye
According to A Guide to On-Farm Processing for Organic Producers: Table Eggs, detergents and other chemicals used for “wet cleaning” eggs must either be non-synthetic or among the allowed synthetics on the National List of allowed non-agricultural substances (205.603 of the National Organic Standard).
These synthetics include:
These agents serve mostly as sanitizers, rather than washing agents"

Read his complete article here 

Definitely something to think about when you reach for that egg carton at the grocery store.  
What are your thoughts?  Have you ever thought of the chemicals used to wash the eggs you buy?


  1. Thanks for the shout out Mama :-) and congrats on the great new blog! See you this wknd...


  2. Great article on organic eggs. I buy free range organic eggs because of ethical reasons. Factory farmed eggs are from highly stressed chickens. They cram many chickens in little cages or buildings together, no sunlight and debeak them so they can not hurt each other. Plus Salmonella is created from stressed out chickens. The eggs are a gift to us to feed ourselves and our family's. Were's the respect for the chickens if we support factory farmed eggs? Great blog. Signed up as a new follower. Stop by when you get a chance.

  3. After watching Food Inc it's so sad.
    I'm already a follower on intentionalconsciousparenting :)
    Have been for a while!
    Thanks for following me here too!


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