Posted 8th Oct 2014
Cook up a storm this British Egg Week (6th to 12th October) with the launch of white free-range eggs from the Happy Egg Co., marking the revival of white eggs in Britain
Once a common sight in Britain in the 1950s and 1960s, and now back on our breakfast tables, the white eggs are laid by white free-ranging hens and are not only visually impactful, but provide a delicious ingredient for brunches, cakes and everyday cooking too. So, why not get cracking and use your white eggs to rustle up a tasty omelette for brunch or a classic Victoria sponge that the family will love this Egg week?
All white eggs are sourced from Happy Egg farms, which pride themselves on the highest standards of animal welfare. We spoke to Tim Bradley, from the Bradley farm, who is the only producer that is providing the Happy Egg Co. with the unique free-range white eggs to find out more.
How do the free-range white-shell eggs differ from standard free-range eggs?
Free-range white shell eggs come from free-range white hens. The white hens produce the lovely white shell eggs. The white eggs also have a higher dry matter content so there is less air space within the egg. That equals richer eggs.
It is no different to producing brown-shelled eggs, it's just the breed of the chicken. Our breeds are Dekalb White and Lohmann LSL. Both fantastic breeds that lay amazing white eggs.
How many hens do you have at the farm?
Tell us more about what you do at the farm?
A typical day on the farm for me involves getting up at 6.45 so I’m ready to let the birds out when they wake up at 8am. I have 12 sheds to manage so I have plenty of help to walk all the birds in the morning. We check they have food and water and all the mechanics of the sheds are working and we let them straight out onto their range as soon as possible. There are lots of eggs to collect everyday so we spend a few hours collecting and bringing all the eggs to our chilled egg rooms. For the rest of the day we spend our time maintaining the sheds and range areas, spraying weeds or chopping thistles, making sure the fences are secure. As soon as it starts to get dark all the birds make their way into the sheds again and we go round shutting all the popholes so we don’t get any unwanted visitors through the night.
What's your favourite way to eat an egg?
I love eggs any way – but you can’t beat a delicious omelette, or eggy bread.
Do you have any interesting egg dishes you can recommend to our readers?
I can put an egg with anything but I love Mediterranean food, so making a tortilla with potatoes, onions, tomatoes and chillies is a favourite. Just fry up all the veg with some pepper and paprika then add beaten eggs to the pan, fry for a bit then stick it under the grill to finish.
Why did you choose to work with the Happy Egg Co.?
I chose to work with the Happy Egg Co. as they take the welfare of hens seriously and are always looking for ways to improve the happiness of their hens. This is something that I believe strongly in, so working with them seemed natural. I have been around hens all my life, and quite recently become a poultry manager – my family and I have always focussed on making sure our hens are happy.
Where can our readers buy white-shell eggs?
You can pick up white eggs from Tesco, I really hope your readers will enjoy them.