Are eggs vegan?

No. Many vegetarians include eggs in their diets. But vegans exclude all meats, eggs, dairy and any other foods that are processed using animal products.  Read More

What are good brands of eggs?

When seeking a good brand of eggs, it’s most important to look at where they came from. Good brands do the right thing when it comes to animal welfare and egg processing.  Read More

Can I eat eggs on the paleo diet?

Yes. The basic principle of a paleo diet is to avoid processed foods and eat as you would in nature. Guess what’s found in nature? Eggs!   Read More

Can I eat eggs on the keto diet?

Yes. A large egg has less than 1 gram of carbs and packs plenty of protein. They’re essentially ideal for people living the ketogenic life! Read More

Are eggs good for me?

Eggs are nature’s perfect food, containing various amounts of essential vitamins, minerals, protein and fat. In fact, eggs are so high in protein they are classified alongside meat in the protein food group. Read More

Should I trust the sell-by date?

Yes. The sell-by date is always 30 days or less from the packaging date. Read More

What does the three-digit code on a carton mean?

This code indicates the date your eggs were packed in the Julian calendar format. In a 365 day year, for example, January 1 would appear as 001 on the side of your carton, indicating the first day of the year.  Read More

Should I be concerned about salmonella?

Most outbreaks of salmonella are caused by other foods like nuts, fish, beef or chicken. Of the outbreaks attributed to eggs, the causes were due to improper cooking or refrigeration. Read More

Why don’t my hard-cooked eggs peel easily?

It’s all about timing. After boiling, let the eggs sit in the water for ten minutes. Then run cold water over them. The eggs will contract inside the shell, making them easier to peel.  Read More

What do egg grades mean?

All eggs are designated with a grade — AA, A or B. Grades are determined by egg quality, size and the amount of air cell space on the bottom of the egg.  Read More

What are pasteurized eggs?

This simply means that the egg was exposed to heat to destroy any potential bacteria, usually used in recipes calling for undercooked or raw eggs. Read More

What are nutritionally-enhanced eggs?

Nutritionally-enhanced eggs come from hens with an alternative diet rich in Omega-3’s, vitamins, minerals or carotenoids. Some nutritionally-enhanced eggs can offer lower saturated fats.  Read More

Why are some hens fed vegetarian diets?

To avoid animal by-products in their feed. But since hens are naturally omnivores, their feed is supplemented with the necessary proteins.  Read More

What eggs should I buy?

It’s up to you to decide which egg quality matters to you the most. Price, the hen’s living situation and hen diet can all play a factor in your decision.   Read More

Are cage-free eggs healthier for you?

Excluding nutritionally-enhanced eggs, cage-free eggs are no more or less healthy than other eggs. Animal welfare is the main concern for people who choose cage-free eggs.  Read More

What’s the most environmentally-friendly egg packaging?

Right now, we’re big fans of plastic cartons because they are 100% recyclable. In particular, PET, or polyethylene terephthalate offers maximum protection with minimal materials.  Read More

What does a double yolk mean?

It means the egg was likely laid by either a younger hen beginning to lay eggs, or an older hen nearing the end of her laying career.  In either case, the eggs are perfectly safe.  Read More

Why do hens produce eggs?

To make baby chicks. Just like humans, hens ovulate for the purpose of reproduction. The eggs humans eat are the unfertilized eggs.  Read More

How often do hens lay eggs?

On average, a single hen will produce one egg every 25-26 hours.  Read More

What does yolk color mean?

Yolk color all depends on the hen’s diet. If it is rich in orange and yellow foods (carotenoids) she will produce a deeper orange yolk. A hen that eats clear foods like white cornmeal may produce colorless yolks.   Read More

Why do we refrigerate eggs in the U.S.?

Some countries believe an egg’s shell is enough protection against bacteria. And some countries believe refrigeration is too costly.  Read More

Why do cage-free eggs cost more?

It’s more expensive for farmers to raise cage-free hens and collect their eggs. Therefore, the eggs cost a little bit more.  Read More

Are organic eggs actually better for you?

Organic eggs are free from antibiotics. But other than that, the nutritional values are similar to other eggs.   Read More

Is the cage-free life better for hens?

Yes and no. Hens seem more content living the cage-free life. But hens in cages are actually safer from other hens in the pecking order. And their eggs require less washing.  Read More

Are hens happy?

Hens are social animals that prefer to flock and socialize, as they do in nature. When they can do this, then yes, they are happy.  Read More

Are hens given antibiotics?

Yes. Hens are given FDA approved antibiotics to prevent diseases in the hen house. There are some hens, such as organic egg layers, that must be antibiotic-free.  Read More

Are hens given growth hormones?

No. Growth hormones in poultry production has been banned in the United States since 1950. Read More

Does the term “fresh” egg actually mean anything?

Not really. Properly handled eggs should reach your supermarket within a day or two after it was laid. Essentially, they’re all fresh, but check the expiration date, just in case.  Read More

What is an organic egg?

Organic eggs come from cage-free hens that are on a strict diet of organic feed and have outdoor access.  Read More

What’s a “conventional” egg?

Conventional eggs come from hens that are kept in cages, which have just enough space to nest and access food and water. Read More

What are pasture-raised eggs?

Pasture-raised eggs come from hens that have access to the outdoors with no boundaries, usually pastures, meadows or even wooded areas. Read More

What are free-range eggs?

Free-range eggs come from hens that have access to the outdoors, usually an area that is fenced in.   Read More

What are cage-free eggs?

Cage-free eggs come from hens that are not confined in small cages. At a minimum, each cage-free hen must have 1.0 square feet of floor space. Read More