Summertime is a great time to visit friends and family. Unfortunately, it can mean doing without my almost daily routine of Bethesda Farms eggs for breakfast. I know, right now you’re thinking,”can it be worth it?!” This last weekend, visiting my sister outside of Florida, I had the option of skipping eggs or getting by with eggs from a producer that raises “free range” hens. And, although I prefer not to eat eggs other than those from Bethesda Farm, I really should do it occasionally because it helps me realize something I have come to take for granted: great tasting eggs.
This weekend, I made my typical scrambled “omelet” with onions, mushrooms, sweet peppers and some rather sharp aged white cheddar. I told myself, with all those ingredients, especially the strong cheese, how much of a taste difference will I notice?
I resolved myself to the deed and cracked the non-Bethesda Farm eggs into a bowl, whipped them up and poured them into the frying pan, where the other now-sautéed ingredients waited. By the time I sat down to eat, I had done my best to block out the fact that I didn’t know much about the eggs I was about to eat.
Halfway through the meal it happened. I realized – without thinking about it (if that makes sense) – that the eggs I had just made lacked flavor. It wasn’t that they had a particularly bad flavor that I would expect from cheap eggs (these weren’t cheap eggs), they simply lacked flavor at all. I took another bite: yep, there it wasn’t.
Why Do Great Tasting Eggs, Well, Taste Great?
The lack of taste in those “free range” eggs tells me a lot about the hens that produced them. It tells me, almost certainly, that the hens are receiving all (or nearly all) of their nutrition from milled feed and none from outdoor pasture: no grass, no bugs, nada.
In contrast, hens at Bethesda Farm live outside on organic pasture all day, with plenty of room to enjoy the grass, bugs and other delights they find outside. They also receive nutrients directly converted from the sunshine they enjoy all day. They do receive a daily ration of custom-milled organic and non-GMO feed as a supplement.
The result? Bethesda Farm hens lay great tasting eggs. I encourage you to taste the difference in Bethesda Farm eggs and remind you (and me) that that great taste is the result of Bethesda Farms philosophy:
“The Chicken comes first, then the Egg.”
I made my omelet this morning – with Bethesda Farm Eggs – delicious!