In the Barn
The duck egg coop is getting close to being finished. I am really hopeful that we will be able to move the ducks out of the barn and into their own coop this fall. We are really enjoying the duck eggs and wanted to share a little more information about duck eggs and why they are better than chicken eggs!
Can you guess which of these cakes was made with duck eggs? Keep reading to find out...
It's rare to see a duck sitting on a nest. They usually have all their eggs laid before we come out to feed and water. I found this duck sitting on a nest of about 6 eggs for 2 days in a row. I wonder if she was broody and wanted to hatch some eggs...
In the Kitchen
Okay, enough about egg laying, let's talk duck egg nutrition. I posted this pic on Facebook a couple weeks ago. I think the first thing that you will notice about a duck egg is that it is bigger then a chicken egg. The duck egg is on the left and a chicken egg in on the right.
There are a few more calories in duck eggs (obviously- the size alone would indicate that!) Duck eggs contain more protein than a chicken egg and the protein is different. If you are allergic to chicken eggs, chances are that you will not be allergic to duck eggs.
Duck Eggs for Baking
Why use duck eggs for baking? The higher fat content in duck eggs make cakes rise higher and gives meringues more volume and stability. Your sweets will be richer because of the larger yolk that contains more fat.
If you are baking for someone who needs gluten free, they’ll be pleased to get some of the ‘body’ back in their baked goods that is lost without the gluten.
I had read that you can substitute 2 duck eggs for 3 chicken eggs. BUT I could not really find any "proof" that baked goods with duck eggs would be more lighter and fluffy.
So, I did my own experiment. I did my best to keep everything consistent except for the type and number of eggs. I used store bought cake mixes and weighed everything in grams and milliliters so everything was precise. I even weighed the eggs. The chicken eggs were 60 grams and the duck eggs were 70 grams each. I tried 3 different scenarios: 3 chicken eggs, 3 duck eggs and 2 duck eggs.
What is your favorite way to use duck eggs?