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Jun 25, 2012 06:14 AM

duck eggs

bought some yesterday from a road-side stand in vermont. WOW! what a delicious breakfast.

i see them for sale at battambang market in lowell, but, frankly, worry about the origins of those.

anybody have a good source in boston/merrimack area?

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  1. Savenor's in Cambridge sells duck eggs (4 for ~ $5.00, if I remember right).

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    1. re: hungryphd

      guess i was hoping for a farm source. i paid $5 for a dozen yesterday. :)

      1. re: hotoynoodle

        Formaggio Kitchen


        244 Huron Avenue
        Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

        1. re: okra

          I like my eggs fresh; if they are not from the farm they are only good for ingredients and not for eating as a main course.

        2. re: hotoynoodle

          That sounds like a much better deal. I'll have to keep my eyes open for them next time I am in Vermont...

          1. re: hotoynoodle

            Houde family farm advertised them on the extras list 2 months ago - 6$/doz - they were all snapped up before I emailed, so I can't comment on quality. My cholesterol levels are happier this way, but I did want to try them.

            1. re: tdaaa

              these were my first evah and i want them always, lol. rich and full of way more goodness than pastured chicken eggs. pastured eggs are one of my staple protein sources.

              in the u.s., it's not legal to give game birds, like ducks and geese, antibiotics or hormones for growth, so the eggs would be clean too. i can't help but wonder where my s/e asian market, the battambang in lowell, is getting them. it seems unlikely to fly eggs all the way from china or some such, doesn't it? they're not krazee cheap at $15 a flat, but am just trying to mentally crunch probabability?

              1. re: hotoynoodle

                I've gotten duck eggs from Asian markets. (Usually to WOW folks at Easter with my platter of devilled chicken eggs and the two or three gigiantic duck eggs towering over. Food humor!)

                I'd love to know the sourcing and how they were raised. Sadly, I usually have language issues and have a hard time with simple questions--never mind where/how the eggs were raised--although that deeply concerns me.

                So, I am glad to hear what you have to say on the antbiotcs, etc. That gives me a bit of hope.

                Next time I see them, I will ask and also, check the egg case to see if there's any source info. to research.

                1. re: hotoynoodle

                  I've gotten both good and bad duck eggs (seemed sort of watery) from Savenors in Boston.

                  1. re: steinpilz

                    i bought duck eggs from Savenors last year and was very surprised that I really couldn't detect flavor differences from chicken eggs. hmmmmm.........

                    1. re: opinionatedchef

                      the eggs are definitely bigger than even jumbo chicken eggs and the yolks "stand up" much higher and fuller. they have more fat in the yolks so taste remarkably rich. wonder if you didn't get the real thing? :(

                      1. re: hotoynoodle

                        you know, hotoy, i can't imagine Savenors not giving me the real thing. But i can't tell you how perplexed i was at the not unique flavor of those eggs. i wish i'd had yours!

                        1. re: opinionatedchef

                          Next time buy live fertilized ones at Kam Man, stick one of them in an incubator and the others in the 'fridge, and when the first one hatches you'll know for sure!

                          Or do that elementary school science lab trick and break one of them into a sterilized dish, seal it up and watch it grow...


                          1. re: KWagle

                            oh, goodness. last thing i need here is a fluffly lil hatchling. :o

                        2. re: hotoynoodle

                          Hi hotoynoodle,
                          I agree with opinionatedchef below. I'm pretty certain that they were a real duck eggs - same size and packaging at Savenors... my reaction was that maybe the duck's health wasn't so good or at least different (not free range and worse - or just like chicken eggs can differ in shell thickness, yolk color etc...).

                          1. re: steinpilz

                            wonder if they sell them at h-mart in burlington? i'll be near there tomorrow...

                            1. re: hotoynoodle

                              They do! I saw them there last week, although quite expensive. $5 for a box of 6 eggs if I remember correctly, but were on sale when I had gone buy one get one free. Located in the back left corner of the store, wish I had grabbed some when I was in the area.

            2. Last Saturday, I saw them at the Waltham farmer's market. If I go next week I'll update you as to which vendor and price. I did buy that vendor's chicken eggs and they were very fresh and tasty.

              1. hotoynoodle, I happened to notice a number of postings on Craigslist for duck eggs and remembered this thread. Seem to be more postings South of the city. I can't vouch for any of the vendors and I linked the two remotely near Lowell below, but not certain if that will pass ch board policy. Going price seems to be $4-6/dz.


                If the URL gets edited or censored due to policy, search for duck eggs and Littleton or Pepperell.

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                1. re: itaunas

                  ooohh!!! my b/f is frequently in littleton! thanks so much for this!