A duck egg is much larger than a chicken egg. An extra large chicken egg is about 2 ounces, while the average duck egg is about 2.5 ounces. The shell of the duck egg is thicker than a chicken egg. Because of this thickness duck eggs keep longer on the shelf.
The ratio of yolk to egg white in a duck egg is higher than in a chicken egg. So if you want more yolk, an especially valuable characteristic in baking, duck eggs are always the favored choice of chefs and fine bakers. Bakers also feel that duck eggs make cakes rise higher and taste better than chicken eggs.
Of course, taste is always a personal matter. In general, duck eggs have a much richer egg taste than chicken eggs. Yet it is this taste that enhances the flavor of baked goods, sauces, glazes and even spicy omelets. Those who enjoy the taste of a good egg really like the taste of a duck egg. At Messuri Family Farm, we are constantly complimented on the taste of our fresh duck eggs.
Cooking with Duck Eggs
Anything that can be done with a chicken egg can be done with a duck egg. However, experts feel that it is somewhat easier to overcook a duck egg than a chicken egg due to the different ratios of proteins, fats and moisture. Overcooking a duck egg or any egg for that matter, will make it rubbery. Experienced cooks would never walk away from an omelet in any case!
A Simple Comparison
Because duck eggs are larger than chicken eggs, many of the comparative values of calories, protein and cholesterol are naturally higher on an egg to egg basis.
However, it may only take three duck eggs to yield same size omelet as you might get from the average, four chicken-egg omelet! Three average-size duck eggs weigh 7.5 ounces to 8 ounces. Four extra large chicken eggs weigh about 8 ounces.
Egg allergies are a serious medical condition that can especially affect young children. Some experts claim that while duck eggs cause less of an allergic reaction than chicken eggs, it is still a wise idea to consult your pediatrician if your child is egg allergic.
Messuri Family Farm Duck Eggs are carefully washed, sanitized, scrubbed and washed again to remove any particles that may have been left behind by the scrubbing and then finally, the bloom, the egg’s natural coating lost in the cleaning process, is replaced via a light coating of mineral oil on each egg. This is the same process used by the nation’s most quality conscious egg producers. The mineral oil is food grade in quality and is colorless odorless and tasteless. It is Kosher approved.
During the inspection process our eggs undergo more than 4 visual inspections to ensure that any egg which does not meet the highest standards is removed before packaging. It is this level of attention to detail that greatly reduces the likelihood of contamination from Salmonella.
Messuri Family Farm Duck Eggs have a shelf life of at least 3 to 4 months if properly refrigerated.
Though we make every possible effort to insure the safety of our eggs, there are always precautions that every cook should take. Always keep duck eggs (or any eggs) refrigerated and never consume raw duck eggs. In fact no one should ever eat raw eggs of any kind. Always cook duck eggs until the yolks are firm and thoroughly cook any foods containing duck eggs or any kind of egg for that matter.
A Small Family Farm doing things in a Big Way
We are proud to be a small family farm, but we are also proud to be a USDA inspected farm. Not all duck farms can make this claim. The USDA inspects our facilities, our quality control processes and our eggs. Be assured that we strive to sell the best duck eggs available anywhere.