With spring just around the corner, eggs start to make their way to center stage.
They are a symbol of spring dating back to the ancient Romans. This is because just like spring, eggs symbolize new life and reproduction. They are a main component of the Passover Seder meal symbolizing the continuing cycle of life. From a Christian perspective, Easter eggs are said to represent Jesus’ emergence from the tomb and resurrection. However, most customs related to Easter eggs come from Pagan traditions and celebration of the Spring Equinox – egg races, egg hunts, egg eating, and egg painting.
Pasture Raised with Mobile Hen Houses
Both Copia Farm in Ohio and Seven Sons in Indiana raise their hens on pasture. They are rotated to different pastures on the farm and live rich lives bathing in the sunshine, eating fresh grasses and bugs, dust bathing, and roaming around each day. This creates high quality, nutrient dense eggs with golden yolks and bouncy whites. They have higher values of vitamins A, D, E, and K2 because of how they are raised.
Copia Farm Eggs
Seven Sons Eggs
Green Field Farms (OH), Holistic Acres (OH), Robinson Farms (Duck Eggs, IN), Spring Valley Farm (IN), and Organic Valley (WI) all follow the practice of raising their hens free range. This means they live in clean, well-ventilated buildings that have continuous access to the outdoors. They don’t use antibiotics or growth hormones and their feed is gmo-free.
Green Field Farms Eggs
Holistic Acres Eggs
Spring Valley Farm Eggs
Organic Valley Eggs
Robinson Farms Duck Eggs
Hard Boiled Farm Fresh Eggs
If you have ever tried to make hard boiled eggs with fresh, local eggs, you probably lost your mind trying to peel them without destroying the entire white part of the egg. I personally gave up until I saw a method that steams the egg instead of boiling them. It works like magic or science or food chemistry magic science!
A hot start to cooking the eggs is the key to easier to peel eggs. The cold egg to hot water (or steam) allows the egg protein to coagulate quickly and separate from the membrane on the inside of the shell. The benefits of steaming the eggs versus boiling is that steam is a gentler cooking method than boiling. This means the eggs are less likely to crack and the whites are less likely to turn rubbery. And, steaming an inch of water is much faster than boiling a pot of water, so the whole process is much faster. One last piece of the process is the shock at the end. This is taking the hard-boiled egg and dropping it into an ice bath to completely cool. This shock treatment also helps to make the peeling process more successful.
The time that you steam the egg is dependent on how you want your yolks. Soft-boil: 6 minutes /
Medium-boil: 8 minutes / Hard-boil: 10 minutes
Deviled eggs are a classic appetizer dish served at parties and celebrations. Below is a standard recipe for making deviled eggs. However, if you are interested in elevating your deviled egg game, we have some unique mayos and mustards that can really bring the wow factor. Try spicing up your deviled eggs by using Primal Kitchen’s Chipotle Lime Mayo or using LocalFolks Foods Red Jalapeño Mustard. Maybe you like a little dill flavor from LocalFolks Foods Dill Pickle Mustard or try Old Brooklyn Mustards’ Bohemian Blend Mustard that is a blend of super grainy mustard and sauerkraut. The options are endless!
About Organic Beth
Beth Blessing (Organic Beth) has a Masters in Nutrition and is the co-founder of Green Bean Delivery. She is a mother of three who loves supporting family farms and searching for unique, artisanal products. Her goal is to help others eat better and live a more natural, holistic life through healthy recipes and practical tips.