|Left: store bought eggs. Right: backyard eggs.|
|The backyard eggs come in various other shades as well.|
|The color difference is much more apparent once the eggs are in the pan, next to each other and under the halogen task lighting above my stove. Store bought eggs (background) are much paler than backyard eggs (foreground).|
|Sliding the yokes adjacent to each other makes the color difference even more apparent. Backyard egg is on the left, store bought is on the right.|
|When cooked to over-medium, the store bought egg (left) spreads out much more than the backyard egg (right).|
This was an interesting comparison. The store bought eggs were fresh and of excellent quality, from a local medium-scale producer that does a consistently great job delivering humane eggs at a good price point. I would happily buy and eat these eggs if I did not keep chickens.
In contrast, the backyard eggs are currently not at their best, since the chickens are foraging less over the winter and are more reliant on commercial feed. Despite this seasonal handicap to the backyard eggs, they were still the clear winner in color, texture and taste.
Are backyard chickens in your future?