What EGGSactly does organic & cagefree mean?

I am the Eggland’s Best brand ambassador and the below is a sponsored post. The topic, opinions, & fact I badgered the owner of my FAVE Oakland coffee shop to carry them are all my own.




Weve chatted before about how careful I am with regards to brands I’ll partner with.

We’ve dialogued at length the fact I must *already* use a product daily before I’ll reach out to them about mingling our reputations.

(Hence the photo above.  I yammered at him about Eggland’s Best eggs long before I worked with the brand.)

That said, I knew I preferred Eggland’s Best over other eggs—-but until I became an official EGGvangelist I didnt know the WHY behind my preference.

I also didnt understand the difference between all the Eggland’s options and what differentiates the eggs from one another.

Thankfully, judging by your comments, emails & tweets, you didnt either.

You asked.  I asked.  The coffee-shop ownerman asked.  They answered.  Ive gots info.

These 2 contain lottsa EGGy wisdom.

These 2 contain EGGy wisdom.

Im confused.  Whats the basic difference between regular white eggs & organic?

Organic eggs are fed an organic version of our Eggland’s Best feed. All of the feed—no matter the kind—comes from natural sources.

Yep.  Still a little muddled.  Define for me the ones I tend to buy (regular white)?

These are the classic Eggland’s Best eggs. They’re from  vegetarian fed hens, healthy grains, no antibiotics, no hormones.

I love my classics.  Many of my readers prefer Eggland’s Best cage free eggs.  Whats the difference?

The cage free eggs are from vegetarian fed hens, healthy grains, no antibiotics, no hormones *and* the hens are free to roam. They are provided with sunlight, shade, shelter, exercise space, fresh air, and are protected from predators.  This protection is how we keep our hens safe from predatory animals that could harm them or potentially pass on disease.

OK you may have me switching with the mere thought of the HENS EXERCISING! Are organic eggs produced by *exercising* hens, too?

Yes! The same free roaming living with the only difference being the addition of all-natural, all-vegetarian Eggland’s Best hen feed.  This special feed contains no added hormones, antibiotics or steroids, and no animal by-products, recycled or processed foods.

I kid about the hens doing PLAYouts! (sort of) but it sounds as though they’re treated better than other places.

Yes.  In fact the farms that produce our Cage Free & Organic eggs are certified humane by the American Humane Society.

Im frequently asked by friends & readers if Eggland’s eggs really taste better (they do!) and why?

 Two key words: fresh and natural.  We consistently test from feed to farm to store and do 30-40,ooo quality tests in those areas combined *yearly.*  Also what the hen is eating is natural so we produce a tastier egg.

I immediately re-named my eggs.

I immediately re-named my eggs.

I jokingly refer to my Eggland’s Best Egg addiction as LOVING THE TATTOO’ED EGGS.  Which sparked readers to ask if the ‘tattoo ink’ is safe?

We love that you call it a tattoo and yes it is completely safe.  The stamp ink on our egg shell is FDA-approved, food safe ink that is acceptable as a food additive.

3 cheers for tattooed eggs!

3 cheers for tattooed eggs!

 There you go. 

All our queries answered….and then some!

Tune in next time when I share what I uncovered on my own about HEN’S EARLOBES!

  • Any lingering questions about Egglands Best in general or eggs specifically?
  • Do you already know the hen/EARLOBE story?


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    • says

      Four dozen!? That’s loco. I go through about an 18 pack every seven days myself. I love eggs. People I work with give me such a hard time for the amount of eggs I week – people need to be re-educated on the health benefits of eggs.

  1. says

    i totally think EB taste better! and glad they are willing to share their beliefs! i have a question, are any of the chickens pasture raised?

  2. Hannah says

    I bought some of the classic white last week and told the cashier my friend works for them LOL.

    I wondered about the free range, too.
    Does it really all matter?

  3. Healthy Mama says

    You need taste o’blogging.
    I finally found Eggland’s Best Eggs where I live and they are better.
    More expensive for sure, but worth it for my boys and me.

  4. Rhonda says

    Are most free range egg producers certified by the humane society?
    I have never heard of this before and since I can’t have chickens right now where I live I am intrigued.

    Thanks Carla.

  5. Rhonda says

    I, too, love you call them tattooed eggs.
    I think of that each time I see them in my grocery!

  6. says

    Honestly, I started buying EB eggs after your first post about the nutritional difference. At least when my husband fixes himself eggs for dinner because I am working late again, I know he’s getting the best eggs possible. (Never mind that he’s celebrating the return of Wonder bread toast to go with them!).

  7. says

    Ok, I have a question / observation. When we buy eggs I always check the package to make sure none are cracked (as is often the case because eggs are inherently fragile).

    When I buy EB eggs, I notice they’re almost never cracked. They have really sturdy shells.

    Why is this?

    I’ve bought other eggs that crack if you look at them. You’ve got to work to crack an EB egg!

    • MIZ says

      YES! Ive noticed this too and assumed it’s like with my fingernails:
      they are soo much more strong when Im eating well!

      Ive asked the brand and shall report back.

  8. says

    Given my egg-shaped physique, I’m wondering if they have any eggs from chickens that are allowed to sit back on couches and recliners and watch TV. I view forcing innocent hens to exercise and scratch for their food as cruel and unusual punishment.

    EXERCISE-FREE EGGS! (We don’t march, you know. Or wave signs, vigorously.)

  9. Pam says

    My favorite part of this whole post is you took it off-line.
    You seem to partner completely with brands you love.
    A fact which makes me willing to try them, too.


  10. says

    Love this! I feel like people are so confused about what to look for in their eggs and why they are choosing the ones they do so this is awesome! Totally passing this on to my clients!

  11. says

    Well, I still say you haven’t tasted fresh eggs until you try my way of having a chicken stand on a skillet on the stove and lay an egg, then cook it immediately (the egg, NOT THE CHICKEN!). Man, that’s fresh eggs!

  12. Tonya says

    Hens have earlobes?

    I lived in Oakland back in the late 90’s.
    I’m impressed you were able to talk anyone into anything :)

  13. michelle says

    I only buy cage-free organic eggs.
    I think the info you shared IS very helpful to consumers everywhere.
    will be sharing!

  14. says

    So they really are full of the great nutrients (vs normal eggs) because of the chicken’s diets? or is there a special secret way they get additional nutritional value in the eggs? I’ve been curious about this since I knew you represented them and had been meaning to ask :)

  15. MIZ says

    Amazingly and yet not surprisingly :-) it’s all a result of the FEED Egglands gives their hens!’

  16. says

    You did a great job spelling it all out–I think many people are confused when it comes to eggs/organic/free range, etc. I tend to buy from local farmers but Eggland’s Best sounds like a sound alternative, too.

  17. Cara says

    I usually skip these kind of posts, but I actually learned a lot from this.

  18. says

    I had never tried Egglands Best until you bestowed on me a six-pack of pre-peeled hardboiled lovelies. They were delicious!

  19. says

    Hmmmm….a lot of the cage free and vegetarian fed labels for eggs is a lot of BS. There’s no FDA regulations for these terms and they’re sort of just made up. First of all, cage free, free range, and vegetarian fed mean nothing if the chickens are still fed grains. In my opinion, one should be looking for pastured eggs from chickens that are not fed grain. Organic eggs are probably better than conventional eggs, in that the chickens they come from haven’t been given hormones or antibiotics, but they still could have been fed organic grains and to me that’s just not acceptable. Find a local farmer to get these from. Also, stores are now carrying more pastured options.

  20. MizFit says

    Id say consistency, quality.
    You know what you’re getting.
    Eggland’s Best eggs are produced by different farms all across the country, so with EB, you’re still getting a “local” egg to an extent too!!

  21. Renee says

    I didn’t realize most of this information before today!
    I also wanted to add (if this isn’t appropriate please remove) I was happily surprised by the partnership and prompted to try Eggland’s Best because of it.
    I’m not sure I’m their demographic? And you’re hip, tattooed promotion of them made me think of them as a more with-it brand/product.