What Happened When I Cooked Regular and Organic Eggs Side by Side
Is it worth paying more for organic eggs?
OK, I’m crazy about eggs! They’re like a self-contained breakfast (or breakfast-for-dinner) packed with health benefits. Plus, they’re so easy to put together in a 13×9 dish for an easy, cheesy family brunch.
I’ve always bought organic eggs at the grocery store without thinking too much about it, but lately, I’ve wondered: Is that extra $4 worth spending? Is this just another egg myths people fall for? I taste-tested organic eggs and conventional (non-organic) eggs to find out!
About the eggs
I bought two dozen eggs at Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, our local grocery store. For the test, I picked up the cheapest dozen in the cooler (which happened to be a store brand), plus a carton of Organic Valley eggs. Both were Grade A Large eggs. There are six different egg sizes available—here’s the difference between jumbo and large eggs.
- Fresh Thyme Farmers Market Eggs (Non-Organic): $1.69
- Organic Valley Eggs (Organic): $5.99
Taste of Home
I noticed a difference as soon as I opened the box—the organic eggs had a brown shell, while the non-organic eggs had a white shell. This is why the brown eggs are more expensive than the white ones. When I cracked ‘em open, the Fresh Thyme eggs, my non-organic contender, had a beautiful orange-yellow yolk! I loved the deep color, which held up even when eggs were scrambled or cooked over-easy. I was surprised to see that the organic eggs had a yolk that was a much paler yellow.
To test the eggs, I prepared them scrambled, with a splash of whole milk, and over-easy. Here’s what I discovered…
- Scrambled: They scrambled up flat and somewhat rubbery, though they definitely had a brighter yellow color. Surprisingly, I couldn’t taste a difference between the two options at all! Although this secret ingredient to fluffy scrambled eggs might do the trick.
- Over-Easy: Super yolk-y, which is perfect for anyone who dunks a piece of toast in their runny yolk. The only downside—a white that was somewhat rubbery.
- Scrambled: The scrambled eggs were light, fluffy, and so easy to eat. The egg-y flavor was good, but not overpowering. I could still taste the ½ Tbsp. butter I cooked the eggs in.
- Over-Easy: The yolk taste was bland in comparison to the non-organic egg! But the white was smooth, not chewy at all.
Taste of Home
So—are organic eggs better?
Nope. It turns out organic eggs aren’t automatically better than their non-organic competitors simply because they’re organic. It really depends on what you’re cooking and personal preference.
For low-and-slow scrambled eggs, or anything else that needs an extra-fluffy texture, splurge on the organic dozen—like these. You might also prefer organic eggs if you want something that’s from free-range hens. But for anything else, you could probably save the extra $4 and go with a non-organic brand. Especially if you make eggs often with one of these 55 delicious egg recipes.
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