is jumbo best, value-wise? I've heard from some people buying eggs at farmers markets that you're a lot more likely to get a double yolk egg, which sounds awesome, but I've recently moved to a place with a great farmers market and I don't see very many double yolk eggs even there. So aside from that, I'm just wondering on a per calorie basis if it's generally better value to buy jumbo vs. large. Are the yolks significantly bigger or is it mainly just the whites? Honestly, not actually concerned about saving a dime per egg or anything but I'm just curious. I think about it every time I buy eggs. I don't know why.
I have chickens, and usually a bigger egg means a bigger yolk, though that is not a hard and fast rule. When we have new chickens just starting to lay, their eggs are really tiny and cute, but every once in a while, they'll lay a giant egg that is a double yolker as my kids call them. A farmer where I live sells eggs that are all double yolkers, I haven't asked him if they are all from a certain variety of chicken, or what. When I do have to purchase eggs, I tend to go for the largest pastured eggs available.
I generally don't worry about the egg size per se, but will adjust my portions accordingly.
For example, I had some duck eggs a while back that had a HUGE yolk (about double the size of a regular chicken eggs) and a much larger overall volume. Three of those suckers just about topped me off.
With supermarket chicken eggs, however, I can eat 5 "large" eggs and feel just about the same.
Here's a pic with the two duck eggs (top) and two chicken eggs (bottom), both were from the same farm...
I get my eggs from a friend who has chickens running around wild at her farm. They has never been a double yolk, and the size has always been comparable to store-bought. The only difference I can see is that the yolks are a bit darker.
I usually like the ungraded eggs from my grass fed farm drop off. $4.00/dozen. They are assorted in size but usually about the size of a large egg from the store. I prefer to get my eggs straight from the farm over from a natural grocery, because I think to sell them at a retail store they have to clean the eggs in some type of chemical solution.
We get ungraded eggs from a local farmer who pastures his bird. However, if you're buying them from a grocery store, larger eggs are usually more expensive - often more expensive than they're worth in terms of volume, so medium may be your best bet. If you're using them in a recipe, large is the standard.
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