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All Nellie’s Free Range Eggs come from happy, healthy free range hens that are raised in a beautiful, wide-open, green, grassy pasture. On all of our Certified Humane Free Range farms, kindness and love come first—because we know the same is true for you and your family. Whether you're having brunch with friends or making breakfast for the family, every time you choose the free range eggs in the purple carton, you’re bringing that gold standard of quality nutrition to your table. Our free range eggs come in medium, large, extra-large, and jumbo.
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Serving size - 1 egg (44g)
Serving size - 1 egg (50g)
Serving size - 1 egg (56g)
Serving size - 1 egg (63g)
One large egg fuels you with 6 grams of high-quality, satisfying protein. That’s key for building and repairing muscles, producing hormones, and strengthening hair and nails. When you’ve had an egg for breakfast, you won’t be as hungry at lunchtime.
Eggs are a great source of this nutrient, which plays a key role in healthy cell and brain development, and aids in nerve function and memory. This is especially important for mothers-to-be, to help support baby’s growing brain.
Our golden yolks contain carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, which help protect our eyesight from harmful light.
Eggs contain Omega-3 fatty acids, recommended by experts to keep our hearts strong and healthy. They also contain heart disease risk-lowering nutrients such as vitamin D, folate, and B vitamins
We do, and are required by the FDA’s food safety requirements to use a light, organic approved soap to wash our egg shells. After the eggs are washed, they are sanitized with a mild chlorine solution. Our quality assurance team monitors critical control points like wash- and rinse-water temperature, detergent levels, and more. Additionally, our eggs are routinely tested to ensure their quality. This removes the cuticle (or bloom) from the egg which acts as a natural protective coating, so our eggs must be refrigerated at all times.
We’re proud to say that our eggs are sold in grocery stores, supermarkets, health food stores, and other locations nationwide. Please check our store locator for a store near you.
Our eggs are not pasteurized, so we unfortunately cannot recommend that you consume them raw. We do, and are required by the FDA’s food safety requirements to use a light, organic-approved soap to wash our egg shells. After the eggs are washed, they are sanitized with a mild chlorine solution. Our quality assurance team monitors critical control points like wash-and rinse-water temperature, detergent levels, and more. Additionally, our eggs are routinely tested to ensure their quality.
Double yolk eggs are fairly rare (about 1/1000) and tend to be very, very large - in fact, they’re typically graded as “super jumbos” due to their size. These eggs primarily come from younger flocks that are just learning how to lay eggs. All of the farm fresh eggs go through the sorting machine together and, once they are identified as super jumbos, are sent to the first packing station where they are hand packed because they are too big for the machine to pack. They are then packaged as jumbos, even though they are technically super jumbos. All day the hand packing station runs, filling jumbo cartons with super jumbos. These Super Jumbos are over 50% double yolks. As these cartons are filled, they all go into the same case. So, even though they are rare, double yolk eggs often wind up in the same cartons.
We take great pride in providing eggs that are farm fresh. Subsequently, the fresher the eggs the harder they can be to peel. This is because the egg white or “albumen” in a fresh egg has a relatively low pH level, making it acidic. When cooked, these fresh egg whites bond strongly to the inner shell membrane. As an egg ages, the pH level rises and the inner membrane is less likely to bond to the albumen, so the shell peels off much easier.
There’s a wise tip on steaming farm fresh eggs from The Prairie Homestead that we’ve found works well for many of our consumers.
No. Our free range hens are fed conventional grain from reputable suppliers, but we cannot guarantee that this feed is free of pesticides or GMOs, and therefore it cannot be considered organic. Our eggs are a great choice for customers who would like eggs from hens treated with kindness and to the Certified Humane Free Range standard, but at a lower cost than organic eggs
We do, however, offer another option for customers who are concerned about pesticides and GMOs. Our Pete and Gerry’s Organic eggs are produced by Certified Humane Free Range hens also raised on small family farms, but these hens are fed exclusively organic grain which is free of any pesticides or GMOs. Our organic eggs are a little more expensive because of the feed costs, but we feel it is a fair price for bringing organic eggs to market without shortcuts. You can find out more about Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs here.
We find that store managers are eager to carry products that their customers ask them for, so we suggest letting your store manager know that you would like to see our free range eggs at your store. You can also drop us a line at [email protected] and we’re happy to see what we can do to help.
Egg shell color is determined by the breed of hen and is often related to the color of the feathers over the hen’s ears. Brown hens, like we have, typically lay brown eggs and white chickens lay white eggs (although there are a few breeds of white chickens with brown ear-feathers that lay brown eggs). Note that shell color is not related to the nutrition or quality of the egg inside. Occasionally, you may also see pigment spots on shells as well. These speckles are typically caused by deposits of extra calcium during the shell calcification process (and they can be quite beautiful!).
Natural fluctuations in yolk color can be due to flock age, the weather, the season, and even flock location. The bugs that the hens peck at also can play a part in the yolk color thanks to their high protein content. Each hen is unique and their eggs typically reflect that as well.
We routinely check our eggs for color and that they are generally much darker than caged, commodity eggs, representing their more natural and varied diet, but sometimes there are lighter yolks as well due to all these variables.
The RPET cartons we use were found to be superior to traditional molded pulp and polystyrene cartons across all life stages.
All our free range farms are Certified Humane, which means they follow the highest standards of kind, humane farm animal treatment.