5 Things You Didn’t Know About Duck Eggs

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Duck Eggs vs Chicken Eggs
Though chicken eggs are the most commonly used, duck eggs are still catching on as effective alternatives. However, much less is known about duck eggs, compared to chicken eggs.

1. Duck Eggs Are Larger Than Chicken Eggs
Duck eggs are quite large compared to chicken eggs, which makes them easily distinguishable.The large size of the duck egg gives it a larger yolk to white ratio than a chicken egg. So if you want more yolk, duck eggs are what you should go for. With the larger size, you definitely get more for your money, compared to a chicken egg.

2. Duck Eggs Stay Fresher Longer
Duck egg’s shell is a lot tougher than a normal chicken egg’s shell. Though that makes them a lot more difficult to crack, it is also supposed to provide them with a considerably longer shelf life.

3. Duck Eggs Have More Nutrition Thank Chicken Eggs
A duck egg will provide about 185 KCal of energy, compared to 149 KCal of energy provided by a chicken egg. Both types of eggs, match each other in terms of carbohydrate content, while the protein content is slightly higher in the duck eggs compared to chicken eggs. The mineral content of duck eggs is very similar. Same is the case with vitamin content in both of them. The vitamin content too is similar, but duck eggs have a higher amount of each one of them, which includes thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, folate, vitamin B6, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin B12 and retinol. Duck eggs are a good choice nutritionally. The only minus point that duck eggs have higher cholesterol content, compared to chicken eggs.  People who are looking for a high protein diet, can avoid eating the yolk, while profiting from the protein laden egg white.

4. Bakers and Gourmet Chefs Prefer Duck Eggs to Chicken Eggs & Utility
Most expert bakers report that using duck eggs makes their cakes rise higher and provides them with excellent taste due to their high fat content. Duck eggs provide a taste that is different and tastier than chicken eggs according to most users. Individual tastes might vary, so it is best if you try one out to decide! Everything that you do with a chicken egg, can be done with a duck egg. That includes scrambling them, poaching and baking. As the water content in duck eggs is lesser than chicken eggs, you need to be careful not to overcook them, which has a tendency to make them rubbery. The variation in water content also makes the duck egg white harder to whip, but they are worth the effort. Salted ducks eggs are a popular Chinese recipe, that you might want to try out. There are plenty of duck egg recipes that you can make!

5. Allergic To Chicken Eggs? You Might Not Be Allergic to Duck Eggs.
Roughly 2% of children are allergic to chicken eggs. Thankfully, 70 percent of kids who are allergic to chicken eggs outgrow the condition by the age of 16. Considering there are about 320 million people in the US, that’s still a lot of people who can’t eat chicken eggs. If you or your children are allergic to chicken eggs, you might not necessarily be allergic to duck eggs.

Try this recipe for Garden Shakshuka with Duck Eggs

Duck Eggs

INGREDIENTS:

4 ripe tomatoes
2-3 shallots
Zucchini
1 small yellow pepper
4 duck eggs
Favorite Herbs
Salt & Pepper

METHOD:

1.Boil water.Cut a shallow cross on the ”bottom” of each tomatoes,place them in a pot and cover with boiling water. The skin(where the cross is cut) should start to peel after about 20-30 seconds. Remove from the pot and let cool. You may place them in a bowl full of ice to cool quicker. Remove the skin and stems and chop them tomatoes.Place in a pan and cook for around 30 minutes until all the water will evaporate and you’ll be left with a thick tomato sauce. Season with salt and pepper and add some of your favorite herbs.

2.Preheat the oven to 375

3.In the meantime, add a splash of oil onto a frying pan, add chopped shallots, pepper and sliced zucchini. Fry for few minutes until they are all soft. Leave on the side.

4.Grease two iron pans with a little oil, arrange the tomato sauce and vegetables, leaving space for eggs, then crack the eggs in.

5.Bake for 15 minutes for soft eggs or 20 minutes for hard. Serve with your favorite artisan breads.

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