Cracking the Code on Eggs

If you ask Hazel and Wendy Pucillo, you can't beat the taste of eggs you've gathered yourself.

Wendy says, "Five eggs for five chickens. Ever since we started baking and cooking with fresh eggs, we definitely see a difference in the flavor of everything that comes out of the kitchen."

She's right -- freshness matters. Experts at Consumer Reports tasted various eggs -- including supermarket brands, organic eggs, eggs with no antibiotics, no hormones, white eggs and brown eggs. They found taste deteriorated the closer an egg got to the date on the carton. But beyond that, the eggs all tasted pretty much the same.

So how do you choose? It's enough to make you feel, well, chicken about buying eggs.

Sue Perry with ShopSmart Magazine explains, "There are many more choices now, and price differences can be dramatic. Some eggs cost twice as much as others."

For example, don't pay a nickel more for eggs because they say "no hormones."

Sue says, "Well, they sound like a better choice, but the truth is the egg industry as a whole does not use hormones."

But you should consider paying more for organic eggs. They're better for people, chickens and the planet.

Urvashi Rangan, Consumer Reports Director of Safety says, "Eggs without antibiotics are another good choice. Just be sure the package says 'No antibiotics used.'"

How about brown versus white? Actually, it doesn't matter. It has no bearing on nutrition.

So don't judge an egg by the color of its shell. It's what's on the inside that counts.

Consumer Reports say if you're a fan of Caesar salads, look for pasteurized eggs. They can be used in recipes that call for raw eggs.

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