The best types of eggs are fresh chicken eggs from your own backyard.
This picture is of our three chickens and each one laid a different colored egg (white, brown, and green eggs).
Chickens that lay colored eggs can be a fun option for those who like eating eggs other than the "normal" white or brown color.
The best tasting eggs will come from chickens that have had access to bugs, worms, sunshine, and fresh greens.
Warning! Once you taste chicken eggs that have been properly raised, you'll never be able to enjoy the eggs you buy at the grocery stores again!
Araucana Chickens - are a breed of chicken that seems to originate from Chile. This breed lays blue/green eggs and are not really known as the best egg layers.
The North American standard requires that a true Araucana chicken is missing their last vertebrae and lacks a tail. They also have feathers called ear tufts that grow out from their ears.
Ameraucana Chickens - are similar looking to the Araucana chickens, but are considered a separate breed of chicken that also lays blue/green eggs.
The Ameraucana chicken has a tail, muffs, and a beard. It is also larger in size than the Araucana chicken. It is considered a good egg laying chicken and usually has a pleasant personality.
Easter Egg Chickens - are a mixed non-standard type of chicken that lays blue, green, aqua, and even pink eggs.
Easter egg chickens that lay colored eggs do not conform to any breed standards and come in many colors. They are also known as good egg layers.
Organic Eggs - organic eggs are eggs from chickens that have been feed a 100% organic diet and no animal by-products. No added hormones are allowed in their diet and antibiotics are only allowed when there is proof of an infection or disease.
And the chickens typically have some sort of access to the outdoors.
Free Range Eggs - these eggs are also called cage free eggs and come from chickens that have access to the outdoors - which is very important to the nutrition of eggs.
Although, just because they have access doesn't necessarily mean they were brought up that way. You will be able to tell by the color of their eggs whether they are truly free range or cage free eggs.
Typically, the more orange the egg yolk - the more likely they are true free range eggs.
Pastured Eggs - these eggs come from chickens that have been allowed to roam in open pastures. These chickens are able to eat bugs, worms, and green grass which produces healthy eggs.
Pastured eggs usually have yolks that are a very dark orange color and these eggs are much richer in nutrients such as omega 3 fatty acids as well as other essential vitamins.
These eggs typically taste better than most other types of eggs and Farmer's markets are probably the best places to find these types of eggs.
To wash or not to wash your fresh chicken eggs?
It has been said that washing chicken eggs will remove its natural barrier which is called the bloom.
The bloom helps act as a barrier from outside contaminants and will help to keep your eggs fresher for a longer period of time - for several months if stored in a cool area.
If you want to clean your eggs, you can always remove dirt, etc. with a dry paper towel or cloth to keep this barrier intact.
To refrigerate or not refrigerate your fresh chicken eggs?
Some people do not believe in the need to refrigerate their chicken eggs and will just leave them on a counter instead of refrigerating them.
Eggs should last a long time on your counter as long as the area is somewhat cool and eggs are not subjected to a lot of heat.
Do what makes you feel the most comfortable as it will depend on your individual circumstances and if you wash your eggs.
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