The Difference Between a Farm Fresh Egg and a Store Bought One.


Egg Yolks 3


So?  There’s one on the left, and one on the right.  Which is which?

One egg is a 100% organic, free range egg from a grocery store.

One is a 100% organic, free range egg from my coop.


  1. Cynna says:

    Yours is the one on the left–yummy!

  2. Laura says:

    The one on the left is from your coop, def. Yum.

  3. carolyn says:

    I seem to be in the minority here, and have absolutely no true justification for this answer but I’m going with the right. It just looks like a more natural colour to me. Sort of like the difference between a home grown carrot and those horrible (dyed?) ones from the grocery store.

  4. Cowlady/Angela says:

    No contest! The left egg is yours! Well, not YOURS but your chickens! LOL!

  5. Left…Free range eggs make the most beautiful white cakes, because it makes them a little creamy light yellow color :)

  6. Terri says:

    Definitely the left! Look at that perfect color!

  7. Jillian says:

    The left is yours….miss home laid eggs…

    Have you seen Food,Inc.? My 17 yr. old daughter turned me on to it. I am even more inspired to raise my own food.

  8. Casey says:

    I say it’s the one on the right, b/c everyone else said left

  9. Laura says:

    I say left too. My eggs from the store never have that color or clarity. I will never convince my husband however that we should have chickens.

  10. JulieB says:

    I’m guessing the one on the left is yours. I’ve heard the color is affected by what the bird eats, but that doesn’t necessarily discount the organic from the store being a good color. (But I’d be interested to know what brand _did_ have a color like that).

    For me, the tell is the air bubble in the white. The longer an egg sits, the more air can pass through the shell. So actually, for hard-boiled eggs, it’s preferable to have eggs that are older. Otherwise, the white is too close to the shell, and it can be hard to peel without taking half the white away with the shells. If you’re making egg salad you might not care (but there is still the waste). When making deviled eggs for a party though, it can be a bummer to have the white looking like swiss cheese. :)

    • Shauna says:

      JulieB. My husband and I were just wondering about this – I thought maybe I boiled the eggs too long, but then it happened again. Thanks for the 411;)

    • Lucretia Griffin says:

      If you are planning deviled eggs then use your older eggs, start in cold water and be sure to add vinegar to the water prior o boiling then immediately remove from heat crack and put in ice cold water and eggs will not be perfect but much better than fresh.
      The quality of fresh home laid eggs is worth a few imperfections for deviled eggs.

  11. Emily Tebbetts says:

    LEFT! (p.s. i just did this at my own house and i was SHOCKED. i never really noticed this before.. then again, i rarely get home grown eggs..:( )

  12. Evelyn says:

    The egg on the left is from your chickens! It’s the bright yolk, that gives it away.

  13. I am going to say left and ask – how did it taste?

  14. KB says:

    I think the left is from the coop b/c the right looks like the eggs from the store! Congrats on your first useable egg, btw! xo

  15. Julie Cucinotta says:

    Im going right- just to be different..its probably the left though

  16. Langela says:

    I also say the one on the left is from your coop.

  17. Emie says:

    Definietly left…. the color of the yolk gives it away.

  18. Maria says:

    Definitely the left. My husband has a funny thing he says about fresh eggs and how to differentiate them-he says “a fresh egg has integrity, it doesn’t just run all over the place…it’s like a boob. A fairly young boob stays in place. While an old boob, well you know. “

  19. carol-anne says:

    the left – but the harder question is – from which chicken? lol

  20. latenac says:

    I’m guess left is yours b/c it looks like the ones I’ve gotten from co-workers who raised their own chickens.

  21. Ann Roberts says:

    The one on the left is from your chickies. Still waiting for my 6 month old red wyandottes to start laying. Very impatiently waiting.

  22. Nicole says:

    The left one is yours for sure. The right one “pales” in comparison!

  23. Elizabeth says:

    It should be left, because of the colour but I have heard that large egg companies colour the feed of their poultry to produce the bright colours of free range grass fed eggs :(

  24. Cindy Marlow says:

    I am fortunate enough to have a neighbor with over 400 acres who shares her eggs with us. I love the dark orange color and sometimes double yolks. If I cracked an egg and the yolk was light yellow, I’d probably think it had gone bad! (yours is on the left)

  25. Mary says:

    I don’t have a clue. I’ll guess right.
    Interested, however, in knowing how your squash is doing in the cage you made. M.

  26. Amie says:

    Left! Look at that colour! Yummy

  27. Brenda j says:

    Wow… what a colour diff as well as the fresh centered yolk on the left. Looks good from the coup Karen.
    Cheers, Brenda

  28. Lucy says:

    I’m guessing the one on the left, too. It looks like the eggs I occasionally get from a friend who has chickens. Those yolks are so much more flavorful than what it is in the stores after being in storage for a long time. I remember all the households in Ireland having big bowls of fresh eggs in big bowls that were kept on their kitchen counters. When I asked why they didn’t refrigerate them to keep them fresh, they said there was no reason to, as the fresh eggs lasted a long time. Just looking at the one on the left makes me want an omelet!

  29. Belinda Philp says:

    left for sure!

  30. tricia rose says:

    Long time since I raised chickens, but I seem to remember yolk colour comes from what you feed them, and viscosity of the white indicates freshness. I go for the one on the right (and for some reason I must really care as I have typed this all out on an iPad).

  31. Claire says:

    I vote for the left one because of its color. Your polls never cease to amaze me!

  32. Centi says:

    I think it’s the right one. The left one looks too dark to be, well, “selfmade”.

  33. Jenn says:

    Left is fresh, Right is store bought (at least with my chicken eggs, the yolks are always darker and a “tighter” globe..while store bought are pale and thin in comparison)

  34. Annie says:

    Left!! Welcome to the world of wonderful, delicious, home-grown eggs! Not sure if I can ever NOT have chickens in my life :)

  35. Chelle (@Asheyna) says:

    Left is from the coop. I’ve only ever seen eggs with real color from “real” chickens lol.

  36. Barbara H. says:

    I do believe it’s the one on the left. I’ve had eggs from free range chickens and the yolks are an amazing color – just like the one on the left.

  37. Lucy says:

    I would say the one on the left is your chickens…I recall Martha saying that freshest eggs are darker with plumper yolks. And from this pic that would be the left side one.

  38. carey says:

    i know, i know… pick me!

  39. Mary says:

    The one on the left is from your chicks…

  40. Pati Gulat says:

    I was raised on a farm…the one on the left is yours….and MUCH more tasty than the one on the right…;o))))

  41. Nancy says:

    The left, for sure, look at that color !

  42. Cassie Moore says:

    well, the one on the left looks like the ones we get from the local farmers we get eggs from. VERY orange yolks from corn-fed chickens. Usually the whites are the way to tell if you have two regular store-bought eggs, but I’m going with the yolk thing – the left is YOURS.

  43. mary says:

    the left for sure. You can’t buy an egg that color in any grocery store. The chicken that layed that wgg is truly free range.

  44. Marti says:

    Whoops. LEFT: KAREN’S COOP.

  45. Marti says:

    I’m going to say the one on the left is organic, but it’s really hard to say without a side shot and a more closeup picture of the white.

    Yer evil. But wow, Karen: 500+ comments on your post yesterday. Hurray YOU!

  46. V says:

    Um… wow. I’m gonna say the one on the left is the fresh one!

  47. Michelle says:

    I think the one on the left is from your backyard – Am I right?

  48. Caroline says:

    Right must be fresh, because the left looks familiar to me and I’ve only ever bought eggs from the grocery.


  49. Alisha says:

    There is nothing that compares to a fresh egg (left) They taste and look better!

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