There is much confusion about organic eggs and free-range eggs. They are mostly interchanged but of course, there can be a difference.
1. The term “organic” can only be applied after a certification has been obtained from an accrediting agency. The term “free-range” is the method by which the eggs were raise.
2. Not all brown eggs are free-range. Neither are they all organic. Not all white eggs are “commercial” but there is no breed at present in the Philippines that is white and free-range.
3. If there is no white chicken in the Philippines to lay free-range white eggs, then there is no white organic eggs in the Philippines. Why? Because the certification for an egg to be organic requires it to be un-caged. Bluntly put, in the strict sense, there are no organic white eggs locally produced!
Many will be caught by surprise by these above statements, but that is how the egg rolls. So please check your eggs. The best way would be to go to its source—the farm itself.
In the Philippines, only the colored chicken from Superior F1 Genetics and the native chickens are certifiable free-rangers. No white chicken has been certified to lay free-range eggs.
Free-range eggs are cream to dark brown in color but sometimes, variances occur. Magenta, pink, off-purple and and cordovan are accepted.
Free-range eggs are usually 55-65 grams per piece. But sometimes, in 5-10% of cases you will find <50 grams or >70 grams.
Eggs are usually harvested 3-4 times a day to keep them fresh. 1 hour of excessive stay in the coop is equivalent to a day of freshness lost. They have to be brought promptly to a cool but relatively humid place.Free-range eggs are porous. Air exchange is possible. This is the reason why there is an air cell inside the egg on its broad end. 10% air cell volume is acceptable. The smaller it is, the fresher is the egg.
Check for the “bloom”. this is the outer surface layer of the egg that gives it a matte finish. It is not shiny. This protects the egg from contamination by germs. In the picture above, the bloom was purposely wiped off to give you a picture of the active pores. With the bloom on, the pores hold the layer in place.
Some eggs are waxed, especially if they have been dipped in cleaning fluid, to seal the egg. More so if they have to be kept for long period of time before selling. Free-range eggs should not be waxed because, being in its all-natural state, they have to be promptly consumed. And that’s another point for the consumer: the fresher, the better!
At Reina Helena’s we re-stock shelves and orders every other day. Eggs arrive from the farm every other day.
Free-range eggs should have smooth, evenly colored shells. Splashes of darker pigments and dots on the shell are sometimes seen.
Because of their healthy diet, free-range birds should lay thicker shelled eggs.To test, knock two eggs lightly against each other and compare with white commercial eggs. Which gives a lower note and a dull sound?
All this would mean nothing if the nutritional content is the same as other chicken eggs. Being free-range, this is what it is all about:
Our eggs are tastier, healthier, and simply better.