Duck Eggs FAQ

02_eggsAre duck eggs…. good? Do they taste like chicken eggs?

Taste is always a subjective topic because everyone likes different things. I think duck eggs are richer and creamier tasting than chicken eggs. Many of my friends and clients agree. Bakers often claim that duck eggs make fluffier baked goods than chicken eggs. I’ve found that to be true with my own baking.


Are duck eggs the same size as chicken eggs?

Duck eggs are much larger than chicken eggs. Chicken egg sizes are based on the weight of a dozen eggs. A dozen jumbo chicken eggs must weigh at least 30 oz. A dozen of my duck eggs weigh well over 30 oz.


How do you cook with duck eggs?

The same way you do chicken eggs. You can scramble them, boil them, bake with them, and anything else you would do with a chicken egg. For boiled eggs, use older eggs so it will be easier to separate the shell from the whites.


My recipe calls for 2 large eggs. Do I need to use fewer duck eggs since they are so big?

Some people substitute one and a half to two chicken eggs for one duck egg. However, I use them interchangeably in recipes and have never had a problem even though the duck eggs are much larger than chicken eggs.


What color are the yolks?

The color of our duck egg yolks tends to be bright yellow, but the color of the yolk varies slightly depending on what the ducks have been eating. The same is true for the nutritional profile of that egg.

Birds that have been eating a more varied diet will typically have brighter yellow yolks than birds that have not been eating as varied a diet. There are some tricks such as feeding marigold petals or yellow corn that supposedly help increase the egg yolk color, but I don’t do that. What you see is what you get with me.


What color are the duck eggs?

The shells of my duck eggs are white to greenish white. The color of the eggs has to do with the breed of duck or chicken that laid the egg. Research has shown that the eggshell color has nothing to do with the nutritional value of the egg.


Why can’t I crack the duck egg?

Duck eggshells are thicker than chicken eggshells. You have to hit duck eggs harder than chicken eggs in order to break them. This can be a good thing, especially if you are teaching a child to cook because they often shatter chicken eggs.


I cracked open my first duck egg and the yolk almost looked like it had started to congeal. Did the eggs get pushed to the back of the fridge and become semi-frozen? Are they still good?

Duck egg yolks are stiffer than chicken eggs. A common reaction the first time someone cracks open a duck egg is to think that the yolk has frozen or congealed in some way. That’s just the way duck eggs are. Prick the membrane that surrounds the yolk and it will be as runny as a chicken egg yolk.


I need to separate the yolks from the egg whites. Any suggestions for how to do that?

I have found that the easiest way to separate the whites and the yolks is to take advantage of the duck egg’s firmer yolk. I crack the egg into a bowl, gently pick up the yolk with my fingers, and move the yolk to another bowl.


Should I bring my egg carton back to you when I’m done with it?

No, it is illegal to reuse egg cartons. Please recycle or compost the carton when you are done with it.