Buying eggs in a grocery store is seriously confusing for so many people, including myself. It isn’t as straight forward as buying organic versus non-organic apples or grass-fed beef versus just beef. I basically used to stand in the egg section like a lost puppy. Probably buying the wrong eggs half the time just because it was so confusing. Plus there is no no cell service in the back of Whole Foods for me to even look it up (first world problems).
There are a handful of egg options in your grocery store’s fridge and I am going to break it down for you so next time you are in the store, you know which ones to buy. You will be teaching your friends and family which eggs to buy before you know it.
Now, let’s do this..
First things first, Pasture-Raised Eggs always. Yes, pasture-raised eggs are better for you. There is less cholesterol, less saturated fat, more vitamins (A & E especially) and omega-3’s. Most importantly, they are not raised in regular factory farms. ALWAYS look for pasture-raised eggs.
Now, do not confuse pasture-raised eggs with Free-Range Eggs. Free-range is one of those terms that these mass egg producing companies like to confuse customers with. There is no legal definition in the US of what free-range even means. We have no idea if the birds have a good standard of living based off this term “free-range eggs”. Sure, it sounds better but you really have no idea if the birds actually are free outside enjoying themselves. They could be stuck in a tight cage or have super close quarters.
Cage-free eggs also sound pretty good but do we know where the eggs are? Nope. No idea. They can all be stuck inside a farm somewhere or a warehouse with no outdoor air or space or room to breath. At that point, they may as well be in a cafe. They are fed synthetic supplements. It is confusing but cage-free does not mean the birds are free.
Now that we sorted that out (by the way, I can probably ramble about this for another hour), I want to share with you my go-to egg company, Vital Farms. Vital Farms is the egg company I purchase for my home. They have 3 different egg types that they sell (plus their branding is amazing, have you seen it?). They have USA Certified Organic (my personal pick), NonGMO Project Verified and Conventional. The main difference between each is just the certification of the supplemental feed they give the birds. Other than the certification, they are all the same. Same place, same everything except their feed.
Vital Farms lets their birds spend their days outside all year along, like how they should be. Their food comes from what they forage out in the pastures. Since chickens are omnivores, they eat native and seasonal grasses or anything else they find in the pasture. In addition they need about 40z of feed a day to keep laying. Vital Farms provides their birds with a supplement feed. This makes sure they are given all nutrients they need.
And their feed isn’t creepy either. It is made with corn and unprocessed soybean meal. Each of their 3 types of eggs they sell eat either Certified Organic, NonGMO Project Verified or conventional soybean meal. But no matter what there are no hormones and NO antibiotics (this is key).
Vital Farms raise happy and healthy chickens to produce quality eggs for us. I cannot thank them enough for giving me a reliable go-to when it comes to making my favorite avocado toast with an egg on top. Not to mention, Jord is a a HUGE egg fan. We eat them a few days a week and knowing that Vital Farms is providing us with clean, friendly and quality eggs, that just makes them even more perfect.