Raising your own ducks? Here’s what you should know about nutritious, delicious duck eggs…
As we discussed last week, ducks can be an excellent addition to the homestead. Many homesteaders raise them for meat, but duck eggs are delicious and often under-appreciated.
If you’re considering raising ducks, think about keeping some just for eggs. Some duck breeds will lay more eggs, and for much longer than chickens.
Duck eggs are delicious, with a richer flavor than chicken eggs, and a larger yolk. The eggs themselves are larger, and also have a thicker shell, so they will stay fresh longer than chicken eggs. The larger size means they contain more nutrients, as well as more protein. Like chicken eggs, duck eggs come in a wide range of colors, depending on the breed of the duck.
Here is a bit more info about the delicious, nutritious duck egg:
Partly due to the larger yolk, duck eggs are significantly higher in both fat and cholesterol than chicken eggs. But they’re also higher in protein and have a higher concentration of omega-3 fatty acids, making them a favorite of paleo dieters, who seek high-fat foods. Besides that, duck eggs have a nutritional profile similar to chicken eggs.
You can cook duck eggs the same way you’d cook any other egg; there’s nothing a chicken egg can do that a duck egg can’t. But because it’s larger and has a higher fat content, a recipe designed for a chicken egg won’t always work with a duck egg substitution. If you want to bake with them, it’ll take a little playing around before you figure out just how much of a duck egg to use.
But in almost any other case, you can cook a duck egg exactly the same way as a chicken egg. They fry well, poach well and boil well, but because there’s so much fat, a good early experiment is a simple scrambled egg. You’ll find them much creamier and richer than scrambled chicken eggs.