Eggs with really, really golden yolks
- Jen Feb 24, 2005 01:08 PM
I've been watching a lot of cooking shows recently. Where can I find eggs with a really golden yolk, almost orange? Like the eggs Nigella Lawson and Jaime Oliver use? Are they a special breed only available in the UK?
I've tried supermarket eggs, Trader Joes Organic eggs, Omega3 eggs only to be disappointed with the light yellow yolks. Am I out of luck? I'm in the LA area if any has any suggestions.
re: Linda W.
The eggs I get from my uncle - a farmer - have the "Nigella" yolks. It may have something to do with the type of food the chickens consume (his scratch around his yard) or the breed of chicken. I've also bought similar eggs from a farmer at a local farmer's market, so there has to be a reason of some sort.
It's all about what the chicken is fed...certain feeds make yolks orangish. In Britian, they feed the chickens something different, probably with more corn, since it is viewed more as animal food than people food over there.
I am lucky, I live in an area lousy with chicken farms so I can get them any time. In LA, maybe the farmer's market...but you won't find them at a dairy farm...unless you want those great big cow eggs :-) Sorry, couldn't resist :-)
Interesting... I was just admiring the hard-boiled eggs we made today (we live in Spain). The color of the yolks is so beautiful. You notice it when baking, too. I'm not sure which of the many differing factors causes the difference in color:
--eggs aren't refrigerated
--they are fresher
--they tend to be smaller
--farms are much smaller
--the eggs aren't sanitized extensively before sale
--they are fed better food