Here at Three Bird Farm, we have a small flock of silver Appleyard ducks. Silver Appleyards are an endangered heritage breed known for their egg-laying prowess–they average 220 to 265 eggs per year! The eggs are large, although not huge, and white in color with the most gorgeous yokes you may have ever seen. The shells are thicker, meaning they generally have a longer shelf life and require a significantly more enthusiastic “whack” on the edge of the bowl or pan. In terms of health, studies have shown that eggs from free-range ducks and chickens contain lower cholesterol, higher omega-3 fatty acids, and lower saturated fats than factory farm eggs. Of course they are absolutely delicious as well!
While many people turn to duck eggs for baking (the yolk to white ratio is magnitudes larger than in a chicken egg), we like to incorporate them into many meals ranging from Asian to Mexican to North African cuisine. While they are great scrambled or fried, eggs are certainly not just for breakfast anymore! Stop by the Gallery in the summer and pick up some eggs with your art. We’ll even share our favorite recipes with you, and you can meet the ducks!
If you do get a six pack of Three Bird Farm duck eggs, here are a few things you should know:
- Our duck eggs are marked as either “Bloom” or “Washed.” It’s your choice which you choose, but we generally don’t wash our own eggs. Why? When you wash a farm fresh egg, you remove a natural coating commonly called “bloom.” The bloom is there because the eggshells are not airtight (for obvious reasons, right?!), and this bloom helps to keep harmful bacteria at bay. When you wash the egg, you remove the bloom and create a vector for bacteria. That is why all of our washed eggs should be refrigerated at all times (at ~45 degree Fahrenheit).
- When it comes to washing eggs, we always use water that is quite warm and even bordering on hot (at least 90 degrees Fahrenheit). If you use cool water, you can actually create a vacuum that invites bacteria and contaminants into the egg. We use hot water and a gentle scrubby when washing our eggs marked as “washed.” If you choose to get our washed eggs, they have been refrigerated and we suggest you refrigerate them just like store-bought eggs. While washing eggs removes material that could transmit infections (e.g., Salmonella), it makes the washed eggs far more susceptible to bacteria, hence the need for keeping them at or below 45 degree Fahrenheit. We only sell washed eggs per state regulations.
- Finally, if you are using our “bloom” eggs, do give them a good wash before cracking them….and ENJOY!
Our duck eggs are classified as Jumbo* and U.S. Grade A or B.** Your carton will be labeled with a sticker.
*Jumbo eggs are eggs that have a minimum weight of 30 oz per dozen. Our six packs generally weigh from 32 oz. to 36 oz.
**We grade our eggs based on the fact that they are generally oval and fairly uniform in size with smooth shells. Expect whites that are thick and firm with large yolks that are free from defects. Our farm fresh eggs may have slight stains on the shell. We do not package cracked eggs.