Guess what tomorrow is??? It’s National Egg Day.
I’m celebrating with Poached Eggs, is there anything else better in the world?
Poaching an egg is my favorite way to prepare eggs. My whole life, I have been a sucker for a beautiful runny egg yolk. When I was a kid, I would get a sunny side up egg, smash it up, crumble extra crispy bacon into it, mix it and then slather it on a piece of toast and chow down.
Poaching eggs is ridiculously easy. For some reason, people think it is hard to do. Well, I am here to show you with my completely unprofessional shaky iPhone video how easy it really is! If anyone wants to give me a new DSLR with video capability, I would gladly accept it from you and bake you cookies for 10 years.
I have been recently educated on the terms, “Caged”, “Cage Free” and “Free Range”. Myself, like 170 million other American are confused no those terms.
Everyone is trying to save money these days, so chances are you are grabbing the dozen eggs on the grocery store shelf that are the cheapest, right? Eggs are eggs…..Wrong!!! 95% of the eggs that are sold in stores are CAGED EGGS. That is pretty sad. 78% of Americans say they care about the treatment of hens, but are still buying eggs that were layed from caged hens. A caged hen lives their whole life in a space 8.5″ x 8.5″, with a wing span of 30″, how are they even supposed to flap their wings??? I will NEVER purchase eggs from Caged hens ever again now that I have been properly educated.
Your next option in the grocery store is “Cage Free”. Certainly a better option than a caged hen. The hens are not kept in cages, however they are kept in a barn their whole lives; not being able to roam outside in their natural environment. If you were kept in a cage or in a barn your whole life, you would probably be pretty miserable and unhappy, right?
Now there is “Free Range”. The hens have access to the outside, but sadly some companies use barns with tiny tiny openings and just a concrete slab outside for the hens to hang out on.
You truly need to do your research.
The hens at the Happy Egg Company are they are free to roam on the range. Their bars have large 6′ openings that open onto large grassy pastures to allow the hens to do what they do naturally, flap their wings, forage, dust bathe and be naturally happy hens. The “girls” have at least 14 square FEET of pasture per bird!!!!!!
For more information and terminology that is used on egg packaging, visit The Guide to the Egg Aisle.