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Which one’s Fresh?


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. Alisha says:

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

  2. Caroline says:

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


  3. Michelle says:

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

  4. V says:

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

  5. 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!

  6. Marti says:

    Whoops. LEFT: KAREN’S COOP.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Nancy says:

    The left, for sure, look at that color !

  10. 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))))

  11. Mary says:

    The one on the left is from your chicks…

  12. carey says:

    i know, i know… pick me!

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Chelle (@Asheyna) says:

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

  16. 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 🙂

  17. 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)

  18. Centi says:

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

  19. Claire says:

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

  20. 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).

  21. Belinda Philp says:

    left for sure!

  22. 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!

  23. 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

  24. Amie says:

    Left! Look at that colour! Yummy

  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. 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)

  27. 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 🙁

  28. Nicole says:

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

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

  30. 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.

  31. carol-anne says:

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

  32. 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. “

  33. Emie says:

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

  34. Langela says:

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

  35. Julie Cucinotta says:

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

  36. 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

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

  38. Evelyn says:

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

  39. 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..:( )

  40. 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. 🙂

  41. 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.

  42. Casey says:

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

  43. 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.

  44. Terri says:

    Definitely the left! Look at that perfect color!

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

  46. Cowlady/Angela says:

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

  47. 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.

  48. Laura says:

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

  49. Cynna says:

    Yours is the one on the left–yummy!

  50. Ruth says:

    I’d have to say the one on the left is the fresh one… simply because I remember your hens having a free-for-all over an egg that had the same colour yolk.

    Come on, now… ‘fess up. I’m right, aren’t I? 😀

  51. Paulina J! says:

    It’s gotta be the one on the left!!

  52. Thera says:

    Nothing more than instinct, left is yours?

  53. Robbin says:

    The one on the left is fresh from your backyard!

  54. Knowing naught about eggs, I choose LEFT.

  55. Annie says:

    Left. What did you make with it? Do tell.

  56. Jonalynn says:

    Left. Although occassionally our free range eggs do resemble the right.

  57. Libby says:

    Left! We had chickens when I was growing up, and their eggs looked exactly like that (I think it’s from all of the bugs and other natural stuff free range chickens get to eat).

  58. Another Karen says:

    The beautiful orange yolked egg is yours. I bet those are delicious, even raw over a bowl of warm rice. (Yup, it’s good for your hair.)

  59. Kathy says:

    I am going to say the one on the right is your egg because I know that egg farmers are allowed to feed an orange dye called xanthophyll which is a natural plant based pigment. If you did this experiment in the spring or early summer, it would be harder to tell because your chickens will be eating more fresh grass and bugs than they are now. Also, I only buy eggs from the lady down the road who raises them in her back yard like you and the yolks are not that dark.

  60. Jen says:

    I’m guessing the left is yours. It looks so rich!

  61. Jeanne says:

    I think the one on the left is from your coop – the richer color of the yolk?

  62. Laurie says:

    but how did it taste?

  63. April C. says:

    Left is yours – the yolk looks real =) I’m excited your chickens are finally repaying you for your care (albeit probably illegally, lol).

  64. Sandy says:

    Left. When’s breakfast? 🙂

  65. I think it’s left; Everything on the right is just a little bit bigger, which makes me think that one is commercially raised. Can’t wait to find out the real answer!

  66. Ginny says:

    The left one came from your chicken. At least I think it did. Looks a lot like the eggs I used to get from a farmer years ago. His chickens were free range and that yolk looks like the yolk from those eggs.

  67. Brenda K-C says:

    The one on the right is from your hen.

  68. Arlene says:

    fresh eggs have 3 layers, organic, freerange or not.

    • Karen says:

      Arlene – ?? I’m not sure what you’re talking about. ~ karen

      • Tina says:

        A freshly laid egg is “tighter” in its three parts: yolk, thick albumen, and thin albumen. You can see the “3 layers” that Arlene mentions in the photo on the left as three concentric rings: yolk, thick albumen, and thin albumen. As an egg ages, it all tends to “loosen” and slump. So a fresh egg will have a more spherical, domed yolk; the thick albumen will be thick (in viscosity and height) and there will be a ledge where it drops off to the thin albumen; and the thin albumen will be lesser in quantity. An older egg will have a flattened yolk, a thinner and more spread out thick albumen, and more quantity of thin albumen.

        You can also evaluate the freshness of an egg without breaking it open by candling it. Hold it up to a strong light source. The size of the air pocket in the rounder end grows as the egg gets older.

        I was in 4-H poultry judging 30+ years ago. Why can I remember this stuff but I cannot remember what I am suppose to do today?

        • Karen says:

          Tina – I thought Arlene was referring to “layers” as in … different kinds of chickens. And the fact that organic chickens are not necessarily freerange chickens and vice versa. I didn’t think she was talking about the layers of the egg! Oh! And I think you’re supposed to pick up some groceries and then go out for a drink today. ~ karen

  69. Oh the left is def yours.I used to raise chickens growing up and our yolks were so vibrantly colored!

  70. Alicia says:

    The one on the right. Even organically fed chickens are given a small amount of spice usually paprika to increase the colourant in their yolk. 😉

  71. Alicia says:

    Although now looking at other comments, I’m doubting myself haha! 😉

  72. Valerie says:

    What I think is that:
    the one on the left is from the grocery store. The one on the right is from one of your girls. Many people think the more “orangier” the egg yolk the more organic or higher quality the egg; this is not necessarily true. Egg manufacturers to include organic farmers, “grow” eggs for the way they look as an opened finished product and tinker away with various chicken strains until they get the perfect looking broken egg…just like any other consumer product. While diet plays a vital role with egg creation so do many other factors – maturity of hen, habitat, weather, water ingestion and the DNA strain that a particular chicken evolves from.

  73. lori says:

    I say Left!!

  74. Ripley Slade says:

    Can I buy some eggs off you?

  75. heidi says:

    Yours is on the left!

  76. Yep, I vote left – the size and color do it for me. I love the color of our fresh eggs – it’s so luxurious and deep.

  77. Beth says:

    I have to go with the left one too.

  78. Amie says:

    I’ve seen ones like the one on the left come from my friend’s hens, and they were delicious! So, I am hoping left is yours (and that it is equally as tasty)

  79. Chau says:

    The right one is yours.

  80. I’m gonna guess the one on the left…from what I understand, the fresher the egg, the “tighter” the yolk. Since the right one is spread out more, I think the left one came from your chicken.

  81. kathryn says:

    i can’t tell you the fresher from a still shot! i need to see them getting a bit of a jiggle on if i’m to be able to tell which is the stiffer, less watery, more clinging-to-the-yolk white – and hence the fresher egg. and, for goodness sake, how on earth can we devote any mental or emotional energy to eggs at all when you’ve yet to confirm which way is right! i’m on the edge of my seat! (waiting to wipe…)

  82. Matthew says:

    The left one. definitely 🙂

  83. karenagain says:

    The one on the left looks soooo creamy and good. I am going to guess that it is from one of your hens. I always thought that if the girls are free range (which to me means they are eating grass and bugs) the yolks would be orange. BUT, a couple weeks ago I received a dozen organic free range and the yolks looked like the one on the right. I was sad with my eyes, but the eggs tasted great. The eggs I got were white and I think yours are brown. Does that make a difference in yolk color? Anywho, enjoy your eggs. I love eggs, all eggs, any way. I also love egg cup holder things. Old ones. Yeah, really old ones….

  84. Regina says:

    The one on the right. My Mother in law has chickens and they are great. The eggs. And the chickens. We do not eat the chickens though. 🙂


  85. Lin N says:

    I was told once oranger yolks mean a fresher egg so I’m going with the one on the left.

  86. JennaLis says:

    LEFT!!!! Your chickens = left.

    Grew up on a hobby farm with 9 cats and 40 chickens.

    Our chicken eggs were always so much richer in colour than store chicken eggs.

    It took me a long time to actually feel OK buying store eggs… They always seemed… lesser… than ours.

  87. sherri says:

    I think it is the one on the right. I remember a friend doing this test a few years ago and it seems to me that the light yolk is the one.

  88. Sebrah says:

    Left, left, left – they look like my hens eggs!!!

  89. Nathalie says:

    I’m thinking the one on the left is the one that came out of your chicken’s butt.

  90. mary c says:

    Left. So easy. From your fellow chicken keeper.

  91. Renee says:

    I going with the left. Our eggs always had yolks with a richer flavor and darker color. And were yummy delicious!

  92. Rachel K says:

    The one on the right is yours – you can tell because the egg white is more hydrated (i.e. runny)

  93. shelly says:

    The left egg is the freshest. You know this by a few things. the more bubbled yoke and the fact the white is nice an tight towards the center. Over time the eggs membrane tends to break down and cause it too be more runny.

    Looks like a AA rated egg to me.

    Id also say the one on the left is yours because or the color of the yoke.

  94. Tamsen says:

    If it is the one on the right, you might want to give up and buy your eggs from Safeway

  95. Cindy G. says:

    I’d say the one on the left, because you don’t have a rooster… and the one on the right looks like an egg that’s had a rooster involved…

  96. Aly says:

    Wow, I have no idea! I’m a city girl. And now I’m even more usure after reading the comments.

    Am I the only one that sees a pair of slightly lopsided boobs when I look at that picture? Or wonky eyes staring at me. A bit creepy actually.

  97. Lucinda says:

    left – definitely!

  98. Kharina says:

    Left is yours. Yolk looks tight and the yolk deep golden colour which means good varied feed. That’s what we get when buying Legbar eggs here, or are lucky to get from our cousins who have loadsa chicken. 🙂

  99. Humble Momma Pie says:

    That bright orange yolk is a good indication your ladies are getting some good bugs in their diet (at least, that is what I am told).

  100. Kim says:

    Left – you can tell by the color of the yolk

  101. Bonnie says:

    I have to agree with the majority and say the one on the left is from the coop–the color of the yolk, the height and stiffness of the albumen. It looks fresher. It looks like the delicious eggs I used to get from the chickens I used to have.

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