This past week I had the yummy experience of trying Duck Eggs for the first time. I eat some many chicken eggs, that at the first thought of eating something different made my turn my nose up. Haha!!! My first actual taste was in a frittata that Lauren made for me. I was completely taken back (in a good way) by how rich and creamy they tasted. The duck egg has this buttery taste and a slightly thicker consistency. I was pleasantly surprised by how great they tasted.
Duck Egg Facts:
- They have a higher (good!) fat content
- Ducks eggs are higher in protein than chicken eggs
- They also have a little bit more cholesterol than chicken eggs (again, this is a good thing!).
- They also contain more vitamins and minerals- such as iron, B12, folate and vitamin A.
- They are full of Omega-3 fatty acids
- Duck eggs are quite a bit more than chicken eggs, but still not prohibitively expensive. Whereas the average price for a dozen chicken eggs is somewhere just north of $2 in the U.S., duck eggs will usually run you anywhere from $6 to $12 a dozen.
- Since duck eggs are larger than chicken eggs, setting trays must be designed to accommodate their larger size. Eggs from common ducks like Pekins require 28 days to hatch. Eggs from Muscovy ducks hatch in about 35 days after setting.
- Duck eggs keep for about 2 weeks if kept cool and for about 6 weeks refrigerated.
- The size difference is just as apparent from the inside- the yolk is much larger in the duck egg than in the chicken egg. The shells of a duck egg are much tougher, and it can be harder to get a clean crack, but it also leads to a longer shelf life.
The two things that stood out for me was thickness of the shell and how much more creamier they were. If you’re an egg lover you must give duck eggs a try.