Free Range vs. Pastured vs. Standard Eggs

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 03, 2013 at 6:14 PM

First of all, please enlighten me to the difference, nutritionally, between these.

Also, while it seems pretty obvious, maybe you could distinguish between "Free Range" "Cage Free" and "Pastured" eggs. I'm thinking that free range is the same as pastured, but maybe it just means cage free... ah, marketing. Basically, pastured means they get to scrape the dirt for bugs and stuff but nobody here sells "Pastured" eggs...

Lastly, living a busy life in a place like South OC, (call it Los Angeles for foreigners) getting out to a farm to visit the chickens laying my eggs is out of the question. Costco has a pretty good deal on premium eggs, though I can't remember if they were "cage free" or "free range"... where do I go in the Aliso Viejo area?

One more thing: will cooking my pastured eggs destroy the omega-3 content?

Answer just one of my questions if you don't know everything please.


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on September 03, 2013
at 08:07 PM

I think that La Bahn Ranch, one of the biggest egg sellers at the farmer's markets here, is in Temecula right? Most of the farmer's market sellers are within a few hours by car at most. Could be worth the drive if you plan on patronizing a business for years.

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