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All About Duck Eggs

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How do duck eggs compare to chicken eggs? They're surprisingly similar, with a few glaring differences.

We've raised ducks alongside our chickens for years. Ducks are a lot of fun to raise, but what we love best about them is their eggs.

I had never eaten a duck egg before our ducks started laying them for us, so I didn't know what to expect.

All About Duck Eggs

We have Pekins, Saxonies, Magpies, Anconas, Swedish, Cayugas and a Silver Appleyard ducks and love them all. Our ducks outlay our chickens year after year, laying right through the winter with no added coop light. 

 Turns out, duck eggs are pretty similar to chicken eggs.  But there are some real benefits to duck eggs compared to chicken eggs.

Duck Eggs are Larger

Duck eggs are much larger than chicken eggs - about 30% larger to be precise. 

Our duck eggs usually weigh in right around 3 ounces, which is considerably heavier than even jumbo chicken eggs.  

For baking purposes, two duck eggs equals three chicken eggs.

Duck Eggs are Alkaline

Purportedly duck eggs are an alkaline-producing food, one of the few foods that leave your body more alkaline. Conversely, chicken eggs are an acidic food leaving your body more acid.

The alkaline makeup of duck eggs is of great benefit to cancer patients as cancer cells do not thrive in an alkaline environment. So some physicians recommend duck eggs to cancer patients.

Also, those who are allergic to chicken eggs can often eat duck eggs without any problem - and vice versa - because duck eggs contain different proteins than chicken eggs.

Duck Eggs are Better for Baking

Duck eggs contain slightly less water - and more fat - which makes them superior for baking. They make cakes and breads rise better.

On the flip side, overcooking them makes them rubbery, so they aren't best used for frying or scrambling, although we do eat them both ways with care taken not to overcook them.

I find the eggs do have a bit stronger 'egg' taste than chicken eggs which makes them stand up better to strong cheese such as Swiss or sharp cheddar, say in an omelet.

Despite the 2/3 ratio, I tend to use our duck eggs in a one-to-one ratio in recipes that call for chicken eggs (I try and use the smallest for baking).

But if you want to be sure you're using the correct amount of egg, since a large chicken egg contains roughly 3 Tablespoons, you can also lightly whisk the duck eggs and then measure out 3 Tablespoon amounts to equal the number of eggs the recipe calls for.

Duck Eggs Stay Fresher Longer

Duck eggs stay fresher longer than chicken eggs due to having thicker shells. Unwashed, a duck egg will last week and weeks out on the counter and will last for several months refrigerated.

Duck Eggs are More Nutritious

Duck eggs have larger yolks, thicker whites, and ounce for ounce they contain more calcium, Vitamin B-12, Vitamin A, and Vitamin D than chicken eggs. 

They contain less Vitamin E and about the same amount of protein as a chicken egg, and one duck egg delivers almost a full day's serving of cholesterol.  

Neither duck or chicken eggs contain any Vitamin C.  

One duck egg contains about 130 calories, half of which are fat calories.  

Overall, the large, rich duck eggs make a nice contrast  in color, size, taste and composition to our chicken eggs and  I feel blessed to have both provided by our backyard flock.

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