Okay, 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. (Here’s a bunch of our go-to recipes.)
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? 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.
- 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. 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!
- 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. You might also prefer organic eggs if you want something that’s from free-range hens. (You can check out our complete egg guide to understanding eggs, here.) But for anything else, you could probably save the extra $4 and go with a non-organic brand.