What is it with us and our ‘Dirty Egg’ thing? A couple of years ago, while doing some research, I discovered to my horror that commercially graded eggs (organic or otherwise) were given a 6 month shelf life. 6 months from the time they were laid. I also discovered that all the eggs go through a chemical wash or bleaching. Remember, an egg is a permeable surface (for a chick to grow oxygen must pass through).
Now, I’m of the belief that most things given a ‘best before,’ expiration or ‘use by’ date tend to be fine well after the guidelines given. These things tend to add to the enormous global issue of food waste. But eggs? An animal product? This truly disturbed me.
So began the quest for the fresh egg. Many of you have friends with chickens or visit farmers markets to get the freshest eggs. This is great, but sometimes not convenient when you are in the middle of a recipe and you ran out of eggs.
All the eggs carried at Sprout are now farm fresh. We have two wonderful farms we deal with: Goat’s Pride in Abbotsford (we’ve been dealing with them for years) and our newest and larger producer of our eggs, Little Mountain Farm in Aldergrove. All the chickens of both farms are outside eating bugs and scratching around. All the feed that supplements the chickens are certified organic grains – no weird animal by-products at all.