We've all noticed the difference in price at the grocery store as we stand scratching our heads, but have you ever stopped to wonder what the difference really is between white and brown eggs? Most of us inevitably choose whichever eggs are on sale, or we just buy the color egg we've always bought. Well, it turns out there actually is a difference between white and brown eggs.
It's all about the chicken
The answer is so simple that you may be surprised. White-feathered chickens with white ear lobes lay white eggs and red-feathered ones with red ear lobes lay brown eggs (this may not apply to all breeds). And besides that, there are certain chickens that even lay speckled eggs and blue eggs. But when you get down to the egg, nutritionally there is no difference -- it's all just in the looks.
Why are brown eggs more expensive?
Many people think that brown eggs must be better than white eggs because they're more expensive, but that's not the case. What makes brown eggs more expensive is as simple as size -- the chickens that lay brown eggs are larger than those that lay white eggs and thus their feed costs more. As a result, the brown eggs are priced higher.
Is there any difference in the shell?
Other than the color, there is no difference between the shell of a white egg and a brown egg. Some people make the assumption that brown egg shells are harder than white, but that's not the case. What's true is that younger chickens lay eggs with harder shells.
Is there any difference in the yolk?
Some people say that brown eggs have a yolk that's more richly colored than white eggs. The type of feed that chickens eat can vary, so the more corn they eat, the yellower the yolks. So it's not necessarily the color of the shell that predicts the intense color of the yolk.
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See the slideshow below for some ideas on using eggs in your cooking and baking.
Hazelnut-And-Chocolate Meringue Cake
This dessert is a true showstopper; and it is incredibly simple to make. Compiled of layers of hazelnut chocolate meringue and whipped cream, it is a great recipe to turn to for special occasions. <em>Calls for six large egg whites.</em> <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/hazelnut-and-chocolate-me_n_1059523.html" target="_hplink">Hazelnut-and-Chocolate Meringue Cake</a> recipe</strong>
Angel Food Cake With Orange Essence And Agave Nectar
Angel food cake is an all time favorite. Despite its short ingredient list, it is an incredibly soft and moist cake. If you are feeling a bit hesitant about working with egg whites, be sure to watch the how-to video at the end of the slideshow. It is an important process to master for the success of this cake. <em>Calls upon 10 egg whites.</em> <strong>Get the<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/angel-food-cake-with-oran_n_1057459.html" target="_hplink"> Angel Food Cake with Orange Essence and Agave Nectar</a> recipe</strong>
Meringue Nests With Roasted Rhubarb And Strawberry Sauce
Meringue is a surprisingly simple dish to make, and it makes a great dessert -- especially when stopped with a freshly made fruit sauce. <em>Makes use of four egg whites.</em> <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/meringue-nests-with-roast_n_1057513.html" target="_hplink">Meringue Nests with Roasted Rhubarb and Strawberry Sauce</a> recipe</strong>
Chocolate Souffle With Orange Custard Sauce
If you need a special occasion dessert this chocolate souffle is just the recipe you are looking for. Everyone is impressed by this dish. And this souffle takes it up a notch by pairing the rich chocolate with a creamy orange custard sauce. <em>Custard: Calls for three egg yolks. Chocolate Souffle: Calls for two eggs and four additional egg whites.</em> <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chocolate-souffle-with-or_n_1060927.html" target="_hplink">Chocolate Souffle with Orange Custard Sauce</a> recipe</strong>
Natilla: Creamy Custard
This rich creamy custard is essentially a creme brulee without the crisp sugar topping. Rich and creamy, it makes a wonderfully comforting dessert -- and a perfect end to a meal this time of year. <em>Calls for eight egg yolks.</em> <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/natilla-creamy-custard_n_1058576.html" target="_hplink">Natilla: Creamy Custard</a> recipe</strong>
Frozen Chocolate-Chip Meringata
Meringata is an Italian meringue cake. This elegant dessert consists of meringue filled with whipped cream and dotted with chocolate chips. It is then topped with an espresso chocolate sauce. <em>Calls upon six large egg whites.</em> <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/frozen-chocolate-chip-mer_n_1058398.html" target="_hplink">Frozen Chocolate-Chip Meringata</a> recipe</strong>
Milk-Chocolate-Frosted Layer Cake
This decadent cake recipe is perfect for anyone who is a fan of chocolate. The frosting is dense and rich -- almost more of a chocolate ganache than a traditional frosting. Topped with chocolate shavings, it makes an impressive dessert. <em>Calls for six eggs, seperated.</em> <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/milk-chocolate-frosted-la_n_1058558.html" target="_hplink">Milk-Chocolate-Frosted Layer Cake</a> recipe</strong>
Mangoes With Cinnamon Custard
While plain custard is already indulgent and addictive on its own, this recipe takes it up a notch by flavoring it with orange, lime and a hint of cinnamon. It is delicious served atop chopped mangos, but could work wonderfully served along almost any fresh fruit. <em>Calls for two large eggs.</em> <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/mangoes-with-cinnamon-cus_n_1056885.html" target="_hplink">Mangoes with Cinnamon Custard</a> recipe</strong>
Towering Coconut Layer Cake
This tropical flavored cake makes a great dessert to brighten up these winter days. Frosted with a meringue buttercream filling, this decadent cake has a surprisingly light feel to it. <em>Calls for 10 large eggs, and six large egg whites.</em> <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/towering-coconut-layer-ca_n_1059533.html" target="_hplink">Towering Coconut Layer Cake</a> recipe</strong>
Almond macaroons are a delightful cookie. Similar in lightness to a meringue, they get a heartier kick with the addition of almond flour. Fairly neutral and sweet in flavor, they are a great vehicle for experimenting with new tastes. <em>Calls for one egg, and two egg whites.</em> <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/almond-macaroons_n_1057648.html" target="_hplink">Almond Macaroons</a> recipe</strong>
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