An Eggsperiment! Pastured Hen Eggs VS. Conventional Eggs!

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One of life's great quandaries...which is better...eggs from pasture-raised hens, or the "other kind"?  Ok, well maybe you won't find a bunch of high-powered attorneys hashing this one out in a courtroom.  But, I bet it is something the average family talks about at the breakfast table.  We all hear that pasture-raised, non-GMO meat and dairy is superior.  But why?  And what makes it different?

A team of highly skilled scientists will be performing an "egg"speriment.  The thing is, they look like a couple of pre-schoolers with a 20-month-old lurking in the background.

Today we will be determining the difference between the following subjects:

Tyner Pond Farm eggs from pastured hens  VS. conventional, store-bought eggs.

Initial observations

Characteristics of the TPF eggs via the mouths of a 6-year-old and "almost" 5-year-old

  • Pretty
  • Some are green, brown and some have spots
  • All are different shapes and sizes
  • They smell "like a beautiful, fresh stream"

Characteristics of Store-bought Conventional Eggs

  • They are all white
  • They all look the same
  • "They are copying each other"

Cracking the Eggs: We observed that the Tyner Pond Farm eggs had a much stronger shell and needed a good, solid whack to break it.  The conventional eggshells were "pretty crumbly".

What's Inside: This is where we noticed the biggest difference, and the most important one since this is what you put into your body! Tyner Pond Farm Eggs

  • Large, golden-hued yolks
  • Yolk is standing up tall and proud
  • Crystal clear egg whites

Conventional Eggs

  • "That egg is boring"
  • Small, pale-colored yolk
  • Whites are milky in appearance
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How They Cook:  What an amazing difference!  The Tyner Pond Farm pasture-raised eggs cooked more quickly and evenly.  On a piece of toast, this yolk poured out and had a ooey, gooey, creamy goodness.  The conventional egg yolk just kind of sat there. Get with it! In ConclusionOur two different subjects, Tyner Pond Farm eggs and Conventional eggs, were examined in identical conditions.  Our team of scientists concluded that:

  • Eggs from pasture-raised hens have a varying color, shape, and size while conventional eggs look like clones.
  • Eggs from pasture-raised hens have a strong shell, golden-hued yolk and cook more quickly than conventional eggs.
  • Eggs from pasture-raised hens have a creamy, fresh flavor that is superior to conventional eggs.

We believe these difference can be attributed to the source of the pasture-raised eggs.  The hens do not eat any genetically modified food.  They enjoy sunshine, air, and are treated humanely. Studies show that pasture-raised eggs provide:

  • Less cholesterol
  • More vitamin E
  • Twice as many omega-3 fatty acids
  • More than twice the Vitamin D of confined chickens due to their direct exposure to sunlight
  • Are from happy chickens and make you feel good about consuming them (okay, I added that one)

Or you could just ask a 6-year-old...

"Tyner Pond Eggs are better eggs because the chickens get to play outside with their friends and they don't have to be squished together, covered in poop."

This post originally appeared on the blog at Tyner Pond Farm which I contribute to!  Check out more amazing blog posts from their variety of writers here!  And if you live in the Indianapolis area and want to purchase their delicious products with FREE delivery, email me for a promo code!  megan@yourbestnestindy.com