Chicken vs. Duck

…eggs that is. I’ve noticed some reluctance, on the part of our customers, to trying duck eggs. Yes, it’s true, they are more expensive than chicken eggs, but they are a great deal bigger! You get more bang for your buck when you purchase duck eggs over chicken eggs. “But, can you eat them?” Well, of course you can! One of the neatest things about duck eggs is that they cook up much fluffier than chicken eggs and are wonderful for baking, for that one simple reason. That’s not the only good thing though.

Duck eggs are one of best Paleo foods around. – Not that I’m encouraging that, but you know – it’s so popular right now. Duck eggs have more protein and more of the good stuff that you want in general, than regular chicken eggs. Sometimes they get a bad wrap because they contain higher levels of cholesterol than chicken eggs – well, duh, they’re bigger – but the cholesterol found in eggs is the “good” kind. I keep reading, now, that healthy people, eating a healthy diet, can:
“eat an egg a day without any increase in their risk for heart disease. And many experts believe you can eat even more, but it largely depends on what else you’re eating. That’s because the cholesterol in foods like eggs has less of an impact on heart health than the mix of fats in your diet. And both chicken and duck eggs contain mostly monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, the good type of fats that are tied to a lower risk of heart disease.” ~Rodale’s Organic Life
My dad’s folks used to eat two eggs, fried in bacon fat, every single morning. They didn’t have any problems with heart disease at all, so I think I’m safe. Good genes and all that.

Look – here’s a chart I’ve seen several places, but most recently from this Paleo site called PaleoLeap. It shows a comparison of all those good vitamins, minerals, etc. found in both chicken and duck eggs. I think it’s an interesting look at the good that you can get from eggs.

Nutrient Chicken egg (1 egg) Duck egg (1 egg)
Iron (mg) 0.9 (5%) 2.70 (15%)
Phosphorus (mg) 95.5 (10%) 154 (15%)
Zinc (mg) 0.6 (4%) 1 (7%)
Selenium (mcg) 15.8 (23%) 25.5 (36%)
Vitamin A (IU) 244 (5%) 472 (9%)
Vitamin E (mg) 0.5 (2%) 0.9 (5%)
Thiamin/Vitamin B1 (mg) 0.02 (2%) 0.1 (7%)
Riboflavin/Vitamin B2 (mg) 0.2 (14%) 0.3 (17%)
Vitamin B6 (mg) 0.1 (4%) 0.2 (9%)
Folate/Vitamin B9 (mcg) 23.5 (6%) 56 (14%)
Vitamin B12 (mcg) 0.6 (11%) 3.8 (63%)
Pantothenic Acid/Vitamin B5 (mg) 0.7 (7%) 1.3 (13%)
Choline (mg) 126 184
Total Omega-3s (mg) 37 71.4
Total protein (grams) 6.28 8.97
chicken vs duck yolk

Duck vs. Chicken

Who cares about all this nutrition stuff? Do they taste good? I’m glad that you asked. Why, yes. Yes, they do taste good. Duck eggs have a richer, heartier flavor than chicken eggs. To me, it’s like they’ve been kicked up a notch in the flavor factory. I am not kidding you about the fluffy part either. We made a cake a few weeks ago with the duck eggs. I posted a photo of it taken before I removed it from the oven, but I forgot to take one after we cut into it. It was the yellow-ist (is that a word) cake and wonderfully moist! Not from any food-coloring or additives, but simply because the duck egg had that much more yellow in the yolk and was that much more rich in general. The yolks are almost orange. So, as much as the color is intensified, so is the flavor. Now, if you are not an egg connoisseur, the flavoring may not appeal to you in something like, an omelet or a soufflé; however, in baking, you don’t need to worry that flavor of the egg will make a difference, because it just nicely blends in with whatever it is your making. You’ll just notice that your brownies, cakes, or cookies are a bit lighter and richer.
Bottom line: just try them. If you are interested in receiving a couple of duck eggs to try out, I’m happy to give you a one time taste test with your next purchase of 1 doz chicken eggs. Just let me know the next time you order. Until then, as always~
Thanks for reading!

Today’s Weather: Guess what?! We had some rain. Completely unexpected, but surely welcomed. I hope it lasts through the night. Here’s hoping we get more tomorrow. Currently (6:00 pm) the temperature is 61°

Egg Count: Yesterday we had 21 chicken eggs and 3 duck eggs. Today was a lower day, we 14 chicken eggs and 3 duck eggs. (Try the duck eggs!)