Sunday, October 31, 2010

Egg Farm Tour & Giveaway!

Hi Everyone! It’s Gourmet Sister (Michelle) back from an "egg-citing trip" to Silverton, Oregon and the Willamette Egg Farm (and I brought back some goodies for you!). The folks at the Good Egg Project flew me out to tour an egg farm run by the Satrum family. I was really impressed with the cleanliness of the hen houses. It still smelled like animals, but those were some happy chickens. We got to see two different styles of organic, cage-free houses and then a traditional house. In each house the chickens were equally noisy and curious about their visitors.

After seeing the whole farm, I’m still a fan of traditional eggs. The cage-free are over-rated. The chickens all seemed happy with their different styled environments and well taken care of. Plus, in the cage-free houses the chickens often lay their eggs in the dirt and then someone comes along and picks it up. In contrast, in the traditional houses, the bottom of the cage was sloped so the egg rolls down to a conveyer belt and avoid any contact with chicken litter or dirt. Of course, each egg is cleaned and checked over for any defects. I was amazed that eggs can often be on the store shelves within 24 hours of being laid. Those are some fresh eggs. The Willamette Egg Farm reuses or sells almost everything including the litter. Broken eggs are used for animal feed while the eggs with shell defects are cracked and used in their liquid egg products. I was truly amazed with their “green” farm. After the farm we were treated to egg cooking demos with Howard Helmer and Jeffrey Saad. Howard holds the record for the World’s Fastest Omelet Maker; 427 in 30 minutes. Wow. Jeffrey Saad has a new show on the Food Network, “United Tastes of America”. I don’t cook eggs often since I didn’t used to like the taste. After talking with Jeffrey Saad, he told me that he is amazed my family even likes eggs after hearing how badly I overcook them. Ouch. But, I’ve turned over a new leaf. I made Howard’s famous omelets for my family the night I returned. They were all amazed and asked for seconds. My husband told me it was the best 0melet he had eaten in 5 years (that’s how long we’ve been married). Here’s Howard’s secret:
Heat a 10” fry pan really hot. Beat 2 eggs and 2 tablespoons water in a bowl. When the pan is hot pour in the egg mixture. You know you pan is hot enough if the eggs immediately bubble. Then, dig and fill, as Howard says. Within a minute your omelet is completely ready to eat. Big Tip I learned: the residual heat keeps cooking the egg even when it has left the pan, so you have to stop a little early. I used to cook my omelets at least a minute on each side. No wonder my husband is so relieved.

Jeffrey Saad showed us how to cook several egg dishes. (All the recipes are off his website). Then, he patiently taught me how to flip a fried egg without a spatula. He even waited through all three eggs until I finally got it right. Jeffrey really makes cooking simple. I’m a new fan of his Pan Quiche recipe. What a great 10 minute dinner. A new egg fact—Don’t throw out the yolks. Half the protein is in the yolk. I used to only cook egg white scrambled eggs thinking I was avoiding fat. But, no, I was only wasting good protein.

And, eggs provide the most budget-friendly source of protein! If you're like me, we're all on a tight grocery budget. Eggs are a fantastic and inexpensive way to get your family the nutrients and protein they need. That's "egg-celent" news!

We are such huge fans of The Good Egg Project that we want to share some of the fun with you!

TWO Gourmet Mom readers will receive an "eggcelent" prize pack that includes:
-Fusionbrands Poach Pods
-Norpro Silicone Egg/Pancake Ring Set
-Micro Egg Microwave Cooking Cup


TO ENTER:
Time's up! We have our winners!
Congrats to:

KatyCouponer who said...
"I'm more or an omelette girl myself.. with cheese, chillies, tomatoes, onions, the works!"
and
SavannahsSmiles who said...
"I love scrambled eggs with cheese on an english muffin with turkey bacon."


Disclosure: The trip, giveaway items, information and accommodations were provided by The Good Egg Project through Edelman. I was not compensated in any way for this post and all opinions, as always, are my own.

75 comments:

noreen said...

fried egg sandwich, toasted bread, tiny bit of mayo and two over hard eggs!!

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Lydia said...

I'm fried egg girl

Fran said...

We love eggs so much around here, we finally broke down and got our own chickens! Yard eggs are so much tastier than store eggs :) My personal favorite egg is fried over medium yumm!

KatyCouponer said...

I'm more or an omelette girl myself.. with cheese, chillies, tomatoes, onions, the works!

KatyCouponer said...

tweeted about the giveaway!
http://twitter.com/katycouponer/status/29372119875

Delicious Dishes by Debbie said...

I love my eggs overeasy. Or I love to cook them in the center of sourdough bread by cutting a circle out of the bread. Yummy.

Delicious Dishes by Debbie said...

I tweeted about the giveaway. :)

Delicious Dishes by Debbie said...

I follow on twitter.

Delicious Dishes by Debbie said...

I am sharing about this giveaway on facebook.

Marlene said...

My favorite way to have an egg is in a dessert, cake, cheesecake, cookie...I'm not too picky!

Heathere Willoughby said...

My kids favorite is fried with salt, and be sure to poke 4 holes into the yolk.

Clarinda said...

Call me boring, but I love scrambled eggs. So easy, so tasty! To liven them up a bit, sometimes I like to sprinkle shredded cheese on top.

Tandapfannenstiel@hotmail.com said...

I like to eat mine mixed in with a burrito...however I love them poached I just can't do it well so I hope I win!

The Wildes said...

My husband and I LOVE scrambled eggs! We never forget lots of cheese in them tho :)

mandy said...

I love scrambled!

m.a. said...

I love my eggs over medium - I can't handle any of the runny-ness. But I guess I like them scrambled too, and hard-boiled, and that kind where you cut a circle in the middle of some toast - logger style? So yeah, I like eggs.

Annette said...

fried has always been my favorite. although deviled eggs are great too. aburkman@hotmail.com

StepherB said...

I love eggs! Omelet, fried, boiled, scrambled...any and all! And I always wish I had time before work to cook eggs, but those microwave things would be perfect for work!!

Kelley Flint said...

Scrambled with cheese. Yum.

Melissa said...

Hard-boiled, warm them in a bowl with some butter and salt and pepper.

Laura said...

I love eggs every way! We have 27 girls in the back yard and we get a good amount of eggs everyday. I boil a dozen at a time to eat for snack during the day, or mix with mayo for deviled egg. I love them scrambled, or over easy. I love eggs!!

Elaine said...

Poached is my first choice, over easy second, with toast to sop it all up!

Hannah said...

Over easy is my favorite!

Hannah said...

I facebooked the giveaway too!

Beth @ Wiccan Make Some Too said...

I make an omelet & fill it with warm cottage cheese & taco sauce. It is delish.

Diana H said...

I like my eggs Over medium - and scrambled with toast and bacon.

redkathy said...

Omelets with fresh mushrooms and cheese are my favorite but the DH loves em poached! Howard is right a really hot pan makes a perfect omelet!

Cozyflier said...

My favorite ~ Eggs Benedict!
I only get it in restaurants!
Carrie

Janice said...

Omelets are by far my best. Janice

Pat said...

EGGS!!!! I love them anyway at all. Scrambled, is good; Eggs Benedict for a more formal meal; fried, omleted........seriously, who could ask for a more complete food.

SavannahsSmiles said...

I love scrambled eggs with cheese on an english muffin with turkey bacon.

Kristi said...

Over Easy! Yummy!

Christine said...

I love scrambled eggs and also a good Frittata.
Thanks for the chance!

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Noemi said...

It depends on my mood, but I love eggs over easy, poached and eggs Benedict.

Karen said...

My fave way to eat eggs is scrambled and very dry, not moist but I also love a good omelet too! :-)
~K http://scr.im/nerak

Becki D said...

Yum! I love homemade bacon egg n cheese sandwiches.

Or Ham n Cheese omelettes.

Or baked up in some cookies. ;-)

Terri. said...

I love poached eggs on toast.
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Terri. said...

I tweeted your giveaway.
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Terri. said...

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JudyR said...

Over easy with seeded rye toast.

beth engelman said...

poached with smoke salmon!

Lisa B. said...

Scrambled is the way to go for me (with salsa!)
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Lisa B. said...

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Jamie Boyd said...

Scrambled with ham & cheese.

Jenny said...

Over hard on toasted bread with mayo and pepper! Yum!

Bre said...

I'm a scrambled girl all the way. My hubby and daughter though love them over easy.

giggedygeekmum said...

I love mine scrambled on toast with cheese.

kate said...

I love scrambled eggs and omlets.. the husband loves fried.

Shannon Family said...

I love scrambled with cheese, but my husband loves omlets with lots of good stuff in them:)

thub. said...

Poached! I love, love love poached eggs but I'm horrible at making them! ha ha.

Atticelf said...

We have 4 chickens that just started laying - I could really use these! My favorite? Flan. :) But probably more realistic is scrambled and plopped on an english muffin with a little bacon and cheese. I think my arteries are clogging as I post...

Atticelf said...

Following on Twitter (as Atticelf)

Atticelf said...

Tweeted :)

Terrie Swanson said...

These are just the cutest. I have an inhome daycare and the kids looove eggs. I am already thinking how I could use these shapes in our themes.

The Newby Clan said...

I loove scrambled eggs!

Monica said...

Over easy on top of rice with soy sauce.

Yum!

ruthhill74 said...

I love scrambled eggs--especially omelets.

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Anonymous said...

I love having a tomato omelet!!! yum!
Mary
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Danetta said...

I love to eat them over easy and as omelets.
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Danetta said...

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nightowl said...

I like eggs with cheese,
onions and green peppers.
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nightowl said...

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nightowl said...

tweeted
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Anonymous said...

I love eggsquisite, eggsellent, eggscrutiatingly del eggtable scrambled eggs with salsa. How eggstremely corney is this!
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Casey Jo said...

In a frittata...almost burned.

K. Rock said...

I love fried eggs! Delicious between 2 waffles.

Denise said...

I usually have them scrambled, but I've been looking for a poached egg holder because it's been years since I had them and I keep having a craving for poached egg on toast... swirling them in hot water just doesn't seem to work very well for me!

Lady Nann said...

I make a quick 'scrambled' egg in the mircrowave in about 35 seconds. I love it on a toasted english muffin that is slathered with butter.(smile) It is a very fast breakfast but is really easy and delicious.ps..I season the egg with a sprinkling of salt, pepper and a little onion powder. De.. licous!!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I love eggs all ways but a fried egg with crispy edges and just salt and black pepper....yummo! soloebe@gmail.com

Donna said...
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Donna said...

Granmere B here--My favorite way to eat an egg is in a omelette--love feta cheese and tomato omelettes best! But just a cheese omelette is wonderful too! :-)

Donna said...

Did I win? :-)
If so, here is my email address: grandmereb@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

So... who won?! :)