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jsaimd Apr 4, 2009 07:26 PM

What do you use for baking. I almost always get cage free eggs, but save my farmer's market fresh eggs for savory egg starring dishes.

Me:

Cheapest cage free eggs:
Cookies, brownies, pancakes, things that have just 1-2 eggs as a binder.

Moderate organic eggs:
Genoise or cakes that are eggy or rely on eggs for leavening, meringue or mousses so you don't get that sulphury taste.

Fresh farm eggs:
Never use in baking.

How about you?

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  1. ipsedixit RE: jsaimd Apr 5, 2009 12:43 AM

    I use whatever eggs I have on hand for baking. Makes little difference as long as the eggs are either Grade A or AA.

    1. Ruth Lafler RE: jsaimd Apr 5, 2009 01:04 AM

      I agree -- there's not much point in using really expensive eggs in the situation you described.

      The last time I bought expensive farmers market eggs was for making lemon curd.

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      1. re: Ruth Lafler
        Bryn RE: Ruth Lafler Apr 5, 2009 11:19 AM

        I bet it was really yellow!

      2. greygarious RE: jsaimd Apr 5, 2009 11:04 AM

        The poultry farm eggs are for stand-alone egg dishes - basically defined as those in which the deeper yolk color can be seen. I don't taste a difference among eggs when they are used as binder or in baking, so when supermarket eggs are on sale i buy them.

        The Boston area just had news reports and undercover filmed footage of inhumane treatment at the huge Maine egg farm which supplies the larger supermarkets here, so I will read the carton labels and not buy if I think they could be from that source. Jsaimd, please be aware that "cage-free" isn't as good as it sounds. Chickens crowded into large, windowless sheds, crammed like Times Square on New Year's Eve, meet the definition of "cage-free". The technical term is "high density floor confinement". Free-range is completely different.

        1. Bryn RE: jsaimd Apr 5, 2009 11:20 AM

          I use cheap store brand (lucerne) AA large eggs for baking and the Specialty eggs by Lucerne with the lutein, Omega 3s and something else in them for eating.

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