How to Bake "Hard-Boiled" Eggs in the Oven (And How to Shop for the Best Eggs)
Did you know you can BAKE whole eggs in the shell? Instead of hard-boiling? Throw each of them into a muffin tin slot for 30 minutes at 325° in the oven. Immediately rinse in cold water to make them easier to peel later. Voilà! A week's worth of filling snacks-on-the-go!
Shopping for Eggs
Stick with organic: Organic standards help lower risk of contaminated feed and organic eggs usually have higher nutrient quality. However, remember that organic by itself does not guarantee a natural lifestyle for the egg-laying chickens.
Ask for pasture-raised: Go beyond organic by asking for pasture-raised. Don't get sidetracked by the confusing array of labeling terms. You are likely to find phrases like "pasture-raised," "pastured," "free-range" and "cage-free" on egg packaging, but labeling laws allow products to display these terms even if the egg-laying chickens spend little or no time outdoors in a pasture setting. Talk to your grocer or the chicken producer and find out how the chickens were actually raised.
Consider local farms: Organic, pasture-raised eggs may be available from local farms with small flocks and a natural lifestyle for their chickens. Two websites that can help you find small local farms in your area are www.localharvest.org andwww.eatwild.com. Both sites are searchable by zip code.
Thanks to whfoods.com for the above shopping tips.