With the biggest egg recall in history currently going on, I think that this is the perfect time to talk about buying local, free range, organic eggs. Salmonella is nothing to play around with. My mother got it once. She was a healthy, adult and still became very sick. The thought of a child getting salmonella is disturbing and people need to be very careful to protect their young ones.
If you live in a city, most of this is easier said than done. I’ve lived in big cities where it would have been a very serious pain to drive out to the suburbs, looking for eggs. For those people, I suggest spending a little more on organic eggs from your grocery store. Pasteurized eggs are also an option. Pasteurized doesn’t mean they will be organic, but they are safer. If you are really on a budget and don’t want to give up your eggs, I would also try Egg Beaters, in the carton. I’ve never had the Egg Beaters, but I have had the kind that is all egg whites, from the same brand. They are pretty reasonably priced for the the assured safety you get.
Back to the organic, free range eggs. This is what we buy for our family. It is usually about a dollar more a carton, but I think it is worth it. First of all, we buy them from friends. Their is nothing better than supporting local, organic farmers, especially when they are friends and acquaintances. Knowing that these people treat their hens as good as we treat our pets, just makes me happy. The best part of the deal is that the hens are natural. No hormones or antibiotics. Just optimal living conditions and healthy hens producing healthy eggs. The way nature intended.
Switching over to organic foods is not easy or cheap, and I understand this. It is particularly hard if you are on a tight budget. But, with the egg recall going on, I think this is a great opportunity for people to make that switch. Eggs are the cheapest, high protein, organic item that you can integrate into your grocery list.
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