I’m really proud of the quality of the free range eggs my chickens, ducks and geese are laying, they really do taste so much better than eggs from battery hens you buy in the supermarket and our poultry has a far better way of life! Our birds can scratch and waddle about out in the fresh air.. a lot better than being locked up in a tiny cage your whole life.
Larger than a chicken egg and smaller than a goose egg, the duck egg is a tasty, healthy and versatile alternative. Scramble it. Poach it. Bake it in a cake. But before cracking that first shell, learn more about what makes the duck egg distinct.
Differences Between Duck Eggs and Chicken Eggs
The most obvious difference between the chicken egg and the duck egg is size; duck eggs are larger than chicken eggs. The shells of duck eggs are slightly tougher to crack. The tougher shell gives duck eggs a longer shelf life–about 6 weeks in the refrigerator. Inside, you’ll find that the yoke is larger in proportion to the whites than that of a chicken egg. So, if you’re a yoke lover, duck eggs could become a favourite.
What Can You Do With a Duck Egg?
You can do anything with a duck egg that you do with a chicken egg. Duck eggs are less watery than chicken eggs, so overcooking them can render them rubbery. Duck eggs are excellent for baking. Due to their high protein content, duck eggs make cakes rise high and stay that way, while their high fat content gives baked goods a richer taste and color. The size difference between duck eggs and chicken eggs should be taken into account. Some bakers use 1 duck egg for every 2 chicken eggs called for. Duck egg whites are harder to whip than the chicken variety. Adding a little acid, in the form of lemon juice, will help whip them into shape.
A duck egg contains about 130 calories; an extra large chicken egg contains about 80. Of the calories in a duck egg, about 86 are from fat, mostly monounsaturated fat. One duck egg contains 205 percent of the daily value for cholesterol, 18 percent of the daily value for protein and 15 percent of the daily value for iron; 100 grams of duck egg contain more of the vitamins B6, B12 and A than the same amount of chicken egg