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(Yahoo)   Organic, cage-free eggs are no healthier than factory eggs, but they do give you a smug sense of self-satisfaction. So it's probably still worth paying $5 per dozen   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 375
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2010-07-09 09:02:44 PM  
Eggs...nothing more than a gob of snot that will mutate into another chicken if you leave it alone long enough(provided you let the rooster boink the hens).

I ate eggs as a kid, mainly because we raised chickens, but as an adult, I rarely touch them. In fact, I had my first fried egg this decade back in January. Omelets are OK, but scrambled eggs are like eating congealed Styrofoam vomit.

As for the article, I think a lot of people like free range eggs because they taste better. I know free range chicken tastes better than the factory raised ones.
 
2010-07-09 09:19:57 PM  
PacManDreaming: Eggs...nothing more than a gob of snot that will mutate into another chicken if you leave it alone long enough(provided you let the rooster boink the hens).

No love for souffles? Bearnaise sauce? Veloute de volaille? Egg wash under crispy crusts on fried foods? Egg MacMuffin?
 
2010-07-09 09:48:41 PM  
oldebayer: No love for souffles? Bearnaise sauce? Veloute de volaille? Egg wash under crispy crusts on fried foods? Egg MacMuffin?

Meh. I do like an egg wash on pie crusts and baked bread. And I don't mind eggs in other food. I mainly don't like fried or scrambled eggs.
 
2010-07-09 09:51:27 PM  
Part I: Hens don't lay well if they're not okay. If they don't lay well the farmer will go broke quickly. Therefore it's in his best interests to keep the hens okay.

Part II: Hens have a different version of okay than we do. They don't need a big master bedroom with an ensuite. They're hens.

Part III: This part has to do with my penis and nobody needs to hear that so let's just pretend this never happened okay?

Okay?
 
2010-07-09 10:11:43 PM  
They're tasty, and that's all I care about.

Then again, I don't eat eggs that often anyway for the $2 difference to really bug me.
 
2010-07-09 10:14:05 PM  
Subby missed the debeaking briefing. Also misplaced the term 'Battery'.

Unless subby doesn't care. In which point I doubt I would be able to convince.
 
2010-07-09 10:14:30 PM  
*Article sponsored by Tyson®

/eeeet muuor chekin
 
2010-07-09 10:15:33 PM  
How about...

THEY TASTE BETTER, farkO!

I use cage-free vegetarian fed eggs when making them as a main dish, but just plain garden variety buck-a-dozen eggs when baking.
 
2010-07-09 10:15:48 PM  
The free range ones taste better that the ones from chickens who are in tiny cages encrusted in their own shiat.
 
2010-07-09 10:16:42 PM  
Free range or not. Still the menstrual discharge of some verminous fowl.
 
2010-07-09 10:16:55 PM  
I buy mine from the farmer directly - $3.50/doz. Yes, they taste better, too, I know where they come from and WHO they come from as well.
 
2010-07-09 10:17:08 PM  
Isn't the benefit to free-range supposed to be that the chickens aren't mutilated and tortured? I never read anything about them tasting better.
 
2010-07-09 10:17:15 PM  
Maybe it's not about the health of the person eating the eggs, but about the health of the chicken laying it.

Yeah yeah, tree-hugging-hippie animal lover for every animal you don't eat I'll eat three ok great you're so super cool.

I don't like the idea of any animal going through what massively farmed animals, particularly chickens, go through, and believe me I love eating chickens.
 
2010-07-09 10:17:52 PM  
Want a reason to stop eating eggs? GIS "chicken ovary."

The ovaries are clusters of egg yolks, in various stages of development. They get coated in the white stuff right before they come out. I saw this in college and am not less horrified five years later.
 
2010-07-09 10:18:25 PM  
What about peaches that come in a can?
 
2010-07-09 10:18:26 PM  
A few times I asked to see the difference in how the chickens were raised, and they wouldn't show me. Even when I offered to pay for all expenses.

So I'll buy the cheaper kind, since there is really no difference.
 
2010-07-09 10:19:36 PM  
The self-satisfaction comes from not supporting profit-driven cruelty, and if you can afford the extra money, that is a good thing to spend it on. And It's the free-range ones that actually taste better.
 
2010-07-09 10:19:43 PM  
RareChimer: Isn't the benefit to free-range supposed to be that the chickens aren't mutilated and tortured? I never read anything about them tasting better.

The ones I buy have a deeper color to the yellow and a richer flavor. They're also much fresher! Bet you didn't know that those buck a dozen eggs than don't sell before their expiration date - which is printed only on the carton - often just get put into another carton with a later expiration date.
 
2010-07-09 10:19:52 PM  
I'll keep paying more for free range, thanks.
 
2010-07-09 10:20:04 PM  
VictorOfBorge: I buy mine from the farmer directly - $3.50/doz. Yes, they taste better, too, I know where they come from and WHO they come from as well.

Your farmer lays eggs?
 
2010-07-09 10:20:11 PM  
People still believe the USDA? People believe the FDA? People believe the CDC? Why aren't we all dead from mad cow disease, avian flu, H1n1, and every other epidemic the government shoves down our throat and tells us we are in trouble of. Bunch of shiat.
 
2010-07-09 10:20:17 PM  
RareChimer: Isn't the benefit to free-range supposed to be that the chickens aren't mutilated and tortured? I never read anything about them tasting better.

There really is no comparison. The yolks are richer and brighter and the whites are less watery. Farm fresh eggs, even the ones that aren't organic, are a million times better.
 
2010-07-09 10:20:31 PM  
Organic, cage-free eggs are no healthier than factory eggs

While I agree with subby's implication that the smug sneering douches that buy it probably also claim they are better, the stronger reason for buying them is on moral grounds.

A free range "organic" egg is from a chicken that's treated better. So the main reason for buying them still remains.
 
2010-07-09 10:20:31 PM  
dprathbun: Free range or not. Still the menstrual discharge of some verminous fowl.

You hardboiled troll, you're making me hungry.
 
2010-07-09 10:20:37 PM  
Just dropped by to point out that Submitard is a dolt but it's been taken care of
 
2010-07-09 10:20:44 PM  
FunkOut: The free range ones taste better that the ones from chickens who are in tiny cages encrusted in their own shiat.

Bullshiat. Let me tell you something. When I was growing up, we lived on a ranch and my job was to pick the farking eggs every goddamned day after school. The farking chickens would sit on their farking eggs all goddamned day, trying to make precious little snowflakes. I'd take the old S&W Coffee can I used to feed the farkers in the trough and stick it over the chicken's head so I can keep the biatch from pecking me while I grabbed the eggs she had her fat ass on. They'd be coated in shiat. Then there was this one scrawny biatch who'd always get booted out by the other hens; and she'd leave her eggs out by the walnut tree in the back. Poor thing had to fight off the others from coming over and breaking her eggs' shells. It was sad to watch. I used to turn the hose on the farkers when they'd gang up on her. Anyway, point being, free range or no free-range, you're gonna get shiat on a farking egg.
 
2010-07-09 10:21:22 PM  
VictorOfBorge: I buy mine from the farmer directly - $3.50/doz. Yes, they taste better, too, I know where they come from and WHO they come from as well.

Yep, that's one of the good things about living in farm country. I know the farmers that produce my eggs and meat (and milk, but I don't drink it), and I know how they raise and slaughter the animals. I'd sooner kill myself than become a vegan, but knowing that the animals were raised and killed humanely and without all those weird antibiotics and hormones helps me sleep better at night. And the food is way tastier.
 
2010-07-09 10:22:02 PM  
rhiannon: VictorOfBorge: I buy mine from the farmer directly - $3.50/doz. Yes, they taste better, too, I know where they come from and WHO they come from as well.

Your farmer lays eggs?


Yeah, but it only takes ONE to make a huge-a$$ omelet!
 
2010-07-09 10:22:06 PM  
VictorOfBorge: I buy mine from the farmer directly - $3.50/doz. Yes, they taste better, too, I know where they come from and WHO they come from as well.


Same here, and I can do it without putting my shoes on.

2 bucks a dozen for me, all different sizes.
 
2010-07-09 10:22:45 PM  
I was hoping it would reveal that more suffering makes the eggs boost your immune system and prevent cancer. Well there's still time, they just have to find the right stimuli.
 
2010-07-09 10:23:03 PM  
VictorOfBorge: I buy mine from the farmer directly - $3.50/doz. Yes, they taste better, too, I know where they come from and WHO they come from as well.

I did a taste taste with my family comparing store brand eggs with organic, free range and all of us were either neutral or preferred the store brand. I am sure the chickens are healthier, and from that perspective, it might be better. Taste wise? Couldn't tell.
 
2010-07-09 10:23:06 PM  
$1.50 a dozen from the local farmer here. And chickens for $2.00 a pound. And they come from less than 10 miles away so there's no major transportation costs.

Free-range tastes better to me but I'll readily admit that might be all in my mind. Either way, I've got 10 chickens in my freezer and I know exactly how they were raised, by whom, and what sort of a diet they were fed.
 
2010-07-09 10:23:12 PM  
You mean the eggs I buy don't contain carbon compounds? I am shocked and appalled.

/knows what the word organic means
 
2010-07-09 10:23:24 PM  
laying about 78 billion eggs annually (or 6.5 billion dozen)

ohh... thank god they calculated that for me. that could have been confusing.
 
2010-07-09 10:24:30 PM  
elins'9iron: People still believe the USDA? People believe the FDA? People believe the CDC? Why aren't we all dead from mad cow disease, avian flu, H1n1, and every other epidemic the government shoves down our throat and tells us we are in trouble of. Bunch of shiat.

I can't hear you over all the cancer the MSM tells me my cell phone is giving me.
 
2010-07-09 10:24:58 PM  
I don't buy free range eggs because I think they're healthier. I buy them because I think they're more humane. I don't go overboard and check every morsel I eat that contains chicken or eggs is free range, but when it's easily identifiable like that I'm prepared to pay a premium.

I'm not nearly so concerned about the organic side of things, but treating food with antibiotics - along with a general over reliance on antibiotics - has got to be one of the reasons behind antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.
 
2010-07-09 10:25:04 PM  
mahughe: $1.50 a dozen from the local farmer here. And chickens for $2.00 a pound. And they come from less than 10 miles away so there's no major transportation costs.

Free-range tastes better to me but I'll readily admit that might be all in my mind. Either way, I've got 10 chickens in my freezer and I know exactly how they were raised, by whom, and what sort of a diet they were fed.


Do what we did. Have someone make the eggs and not tell you which is the free range and which is regular.
 
2010-07-09 10:25:08 PM  
dprathbun: Free range or not. Still the menstrual discharge of some verminous fowl.

menstrual discharge = eggs? what the fark?
 
2010-07-09 10:25:23 PM  
Meisaims: Want a reason to stop eating eggs? GIS "chicken ovary."

The ovaries are clusters of egg yolks, in various stages of development. They get coated in the white stuff right before they come out. I saw this in college and am not less horrified five years later.


Guess what? Your mother's ovaries are, or were, also sacs of eggs. One of which got coated with white stuff and out you came. Horrified?
 
2010-07-09 10:25:24 PM  
I don't expect them to be healthier and I know "cage free" is a stretch at most farms, but I figure it's a tiny bit more ethical and slightly less harmful for the environment. I don't think it'll save the world.

/raised chickens, knows they are dumb
 
2010-07-09 10:25:43 PM  
Let's see, I buy them from farm down the street, cost $4. Eggs are one day old travel less than 2 miles. Commercial eggs from store: travel hundreds of miles, cost $4, over 30 days old (guessing).
The local eggs are fresh and taste better. Waste less resources.
Happy chickens.

/smug free
//same reason I have a garden, I don't care so much if it's organic, I just like fresh and tasty
 
2010-07-09 10:26:13 PM  
elins'9iron: People still believe the USDA? People believe the FDA? People believe the CDC? Why aren't we all dead from mad cow disease, avian flu, H1n1, and every other epidemic the government shoves down our throat and tells us we are in trouble of. Bunch of shiat.

Because the government never shoved down our throats that any of those would kill us all.

But you already knew that, you made that strawman entirely up because it supports your internal narrative.
 
2010-07-09 10:26:48 PM  
Knucklepopper: FunkOut: The free range ones taste better that the ones from chickens who are in tiny cages encrusted in their own shiat.

Bullshiat. Let me tell you something. When I was growing up, we lived on a ranch and my job was to pick the farking eggs every goddamned day after school. The farking chickens would sit on their farking eggs all goddamned day, trying to make precious little snowflakes. I'd take the old S&W Coffee can I used to feed the farkers in the trough and stick it over the chicken's head so I can keep the biatch from pecking me while I grabbed the eggs she had her fat ass on. They'd be coated in shiat. Then there was this one scrawny biatch who'd always get booted out by the other hens; and she'd leave her eggs out by the walnut tree in the back. Poor thing had to fight off the others from coming over and breaking her eggs' shells. It was sad to watch. I used to turn the hose on the farkers when they'd gang up on her. Anyway, point being, free range or no free-range, you're gonna get shiat on a farking egg.


I think he meant that the chickens are encrusted in their own shiat.
 
2010-07-09 10:27:29 PM  
HappyLittleTree:
Do what we did. Have someone make the eggs and not tell you which is the free range and which is regular.


Sorry, I should have been more clear - the free range meat tastes better to me.

As for the eggs, I personally can't tell the difference though my wife who eats them far more often than me says she can.
 
2010-07-09 10:27:43 PM  
Meisaims: Want a reason to stop eating eggs? GIS "chicken ovary."

The ovaries are clusters of egg yolks, in various stages of development. They get coated in the white stuff right before they come out. I saw this in college and am not less horrified five years later.


Prepare to be more horrified: They are delicious.
 
2010-07-09 10:27:51 PM  
Please buy a half dozen free range eggs and try them before shooting your mouth off. The first foodie thing I did when I stopped being poor was to buy butter instead of margarine, the second was better eggs. By the time you get to six things, your meals are sooo much better. And your meals begin to reflect your personality.
 
2010-07-09 10:28:38 PM  
I like a little cruelty in my eggs.
 
2010-07-09 10:28:50 PM  
Knucklepopper: FunkOut: The free range ones taste better that the ones from chickens who are in tiny cages encrusted in their own shiat.

Bullshiat. Let me tell you something. When I was growing up, we lived on a ranch and my job was to pick the farking eggs every goddamned day after school. The farking chickens would sit on their farking eggs all goddamned day, trying to make precious little snowflakes. I'd take the old S&W Coffee can I used to feed the farkers in the trough and stick it over the chicken's head so I can keep the biatch from pecking me while I grabbed the eggs she had her fat ass on. They'd be coated in shiat. Then there was this one scrawny biatch who'd always get booted out by the other hens; and she'd leave her eggs out by the walnut tree in the back. Poor thing had to fight off the others from coming over and breaking her eggs' shells. It was sad to watch. I used to turn the hose on the farkers when they'd gang up on her. Anyway, point being, free range or no free-range, you're gonna get shiat on a farking egg.


Did they have sharp talons?
 
2010-07-09 10:29:03 PM  
Considering I have a 60 hen free-range chicken operation which sells eggs to local health food stores, I'm getting a kick...

You haven't seen abject cruelty until you've visited a factory chicken farm. If you're genuinely human, it'll break your heart to see animals treated that way, even if they are "just chickens".

Even if that weren't a factor, the fact that free-ranged chickens produced fresher, richer flavored eggs. Store eggs are all barely pale yellow, while most of my hens produce yolks that are damn near orange. The flavor and texture difference is incomparable.

And since they're not wading in their own shiat all day long, nor are they fed antibiotic bolstered feed, the incidence of pathogenic bacteria is significantly less.
 
2010-07-09 10:29:28 PM  
I pay $6/dozen for eggs because they taste damn good. The health factor is just icing on the cake.

/Gold Circle FTW
 
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