Easter is coming soon, and if you celebrate, there is a good chance that part of your day will include egg decorating, hiding and gathering. Which sounds like fun - but what will you do with all those eggs once your basket is full? You certainly don't want to throw them away (adding to the almost 20 pounds of food wasted by each person a month), so why not eat them? Eggs are a delicious source of protein and other nutrients - and there are many ways to use them, not only in your diet, but in your garden and as pet food, too!
First, let's start with where to get your (delicious) eggs. While all eggs look a lot alike, they are actually quite different depending on how the chickens that laid them were raised. Ideally, you would buy them at your local farmers' market where you can ask the seller about their farming practices. Eggs from chickens that are free to roam on pasture, (aka, pasture-raised) are the best.
If you can't make it to the farmers' market, there are good options at many stores these days, too. Since egg labels can get confusing, it's best to have a good idea of what you are looking for before you head out the door. AWA certified eggs or Vital Farms brand eggs both have high standards. Here's our guide to egg labels to help you make the best decision for your family.
What About Egg Dye?
It's good to think about this in advance, because there are cool things you can do with the dyed shells if they aren't covered in artificial food coloring that you wouldn't want in your garden soil or in your dog food. Many items in your kitchen (onions, cabbage, turmeric, beets and other staples) can be used to color your eggs naturally. The natural egg dying process is simple and produces some beautiful colors.
Now you've got your sustainably produced eggs, dyed with natural dyes, and you're ready for the big day. While the kids might be excited about the Easter egg hunt, I bet you are waiting for what's to come...egg salad, pickled eggs, deviled eggs - the list goes on.
What to Do with Your Bounty of Eggs?
We've rounded up some of our favorite recipes so you can use up every last egg in your basket - including the shells!
Beet Pickled Deviled Eggs - Pickled and deviled? Yes! These are the prettiest deviled eggs you've ever seen.
Boiled Egg, Seared Asparagus, Pickled Onion Sandwich - This ode to spring is the perfect Easter sandwich.
Hard Boiled Egg Toast with Harissa Butter - The fancy toast trend is worth checking out, this harissa butter sounds amazing.
Indian Kolhapuri Egg Curry - Try something different with eggs cooked in aromatic Indian spices and coconut.
Mediterranean Egg Salad - Sun-dried tomatoes and Greek yogurt make this egg salad special.
And the shells? Don't throw those out!
- Keep slugs and other pests out of your garden.
- Make your own plant fertilizer.
- Boost the nutrients in your wild bird feeder.
- Add a dose of calcium to your dog's diet.
This post was originally published in March 2016.