The Growing Demand for Fresh Duck EggsSeptember 01, 2010
What more can you ask for than endorsements from articles in Time and Sunset magazines? Metzer Farms did not get the endorsement, but ducks and duck eggs sure did. Time had an article titled "Urban Animal Husbandry" discussing how more and more city dwellers are raising livestock and poultry as a hobby for meat, eggs, manure and the simple pleasure of caring for them. The garden educator of Seattle Tilth thinks that "ducks are better for gardens than chickens and that they provide tastier eggs. 'I think the duck is the future,' she says. Game on, chicken lovers."
Duck eggs are appreciated for a variety of reasons: richer flavor, better for baking, longer storage life and some people that are allergic to chicken eggs can eat duck eggs! In many ways, duck eggs are more nutritious than chicken eggs. Duck eggs have higher levels of vitamins and minerals than chicken eggs for 12 of the 13 nutrients we have listed in the comparison chart on our website.
With the number of duck eggs we produce, we also have quite a few cracked eggs. Most are given to a local soup kitchen for the homeless but in our home we use cracked duck eggs for everything. Oh yes, this is another advantage of duck eggs. As the shell membrane is so strong, the shell can be broken and no egg leaks out! There is one thing to remember with duck eggs, however. Make sure the whites are at room temperature and then add a little lemon juice or baking soda if you are whipping them up.
Knowing the demand for duck eggs is growing and our desire to support our duckling customers, we have started a new page on our website, Our Customers That Sell Fresh Duck Eggs. Drop by and see if someone near you is listed. Or have us list you if you sell duck eggs locally!