Why organic does it differently
At Daylesford Organic Farm in Gloucestershire they have chosen a breed of chicken best suited to their way of farming. Senior Farms Manager, Richard Smith (pictured below) explains:
"Our breed of hens and chickens are chosen for their ability to live in a purely organic environment - they have a huge, natural desire to range, roam and forage. Our Blue Legbar hens are naturally inquisitive, small and enjoy lots of movement and freedom, and after laying one egg per day are free to do as they wish. Our chickens are also free to range their lush pastures which are full of worms, fruits and grubs that they love to eat.
“We are proud to own the whole process and ensure that the welfare of our animals is put first. Living organically, and having adequate space are just a few of the key pillars of our chicken rearing practices and something we would never compromise on.”
It’s a matter of taste
The question of whether you can taste the difference between caged, free range and organic eggs is subjective, but speak to chefs and many will tell you that they believe that organic eggs taste better.
Galton Blackiston, Michelin-starred chef at Morston Hall in Norfolk says “With organic eggs you get a richer egg - our ethos is to always use the best ingredients we can and this includes organic eggs”.
And as for the benefits of cooking with organic eggs, Richard Bainbridge of Benedicts in Norwich says “I love organic eggs, the richest of flavours and the blood orange colour yolk makes the most incredible custards, ice creams and hollandaise. Even scrambled eggs show off the simplicity of a beautiful organic egg.”
While chef and caterer Paul Bellchambers says "Organic eggs are great for those dishes that need the colour and flavour of eggs as the main ingredient. The richness of both hit the senses in a way that other eggs can't. I love a baked organic egg with bacon, onion, tomatoes, or poached egg with chard or spinach.”
It’s fair to say that price is a good indicator of the quality of the eggs and the welfare of the birds, with eggs from caged birds being cheapest and organic eggs being the most expensive. The extra cost means you are supporting a way of farming that offers the highest chicken and hen welfare available, with the birds free to forage and graze as nature intended. Like our chefs, we think organic eggs taste best too, but don’t take our word for it - try for yourself and see if you feel the same!