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 Yes there is a difference between chicken and duck eggs

A question I often hear or get asked is do duck eggs taste the same as chicken eggs? The simple answer is NO but having said that, the differences for most people are not obvious.

Standard duck eggs are usually bigger than chicken eggs by at least 10 grams. The yolk in a duck egg is not only larger than a chicken yolk but it also takes up a bigger percentage of the egg overall. In other words, the yolk to egg white is more in a duck egg than chicken egg.

A duck egg (70 grams) contains about twice as much iron as a large chicken egg (60 grams).

Duck eggs have over double the amount of cholesterol compared to chicken eggs and nearly twice as much folate.

Due to the extra protein in duck eggs they are often seen by bakers as better for making cakes and sweets. 

Back to the taste question - my personal preference for eating (fried or boiled) is chicken eggs over duck eggs. I have to say, I not only prefer chicken eggs over duck eggs on my toast, I don't like duck eggs at all for eating unless they are part of a cake etc.

I find duck eggs have a stronger taste and also an "earthy" smell about them, which does seem to put me off wanting to eat them. Nevertheless, I do still occasionally eat them fried when chicken eggs are scarce (but that's not very often).

So yes, duck eggs are definitely different to chicken eggs and not just in size!

Feel free to give us your opinion...

 

Mark Valencia

Mark is the Founder of Self Sufficient Me - you can read more on our About Page and subscribe to his YouTube Channel here.

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Hi Monk and thanks for your opinion!

Yes, I'm sure there are those would disagree with our assessment of how duck eggs actually taste. I can't say I have baked with them much but I'll take your word for it about making the end product heavy etc....

Hi Monk and thanks for your opinion!

Yes, I'm sure there are those would disagree with our assessment of how duck eggs actually taste. I can't say I have baked with them much but I'll take your word for it about making the end product heavy etc. We tried hard to use duck eggs just like regular chicken eggs however the "earthy" flavour just turns me off slightly. I have a cousin who loves duck eggs and eats them to help with his body building exercise but for me I's prefer to eat chicken eggs any day and use duck eggs for making more ducks to eat them! :lol:

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I am raising them not Sam lol

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I've baked with duck eggs. They aren't good for baking for sure unless you want heavy breads. I like light fluffy cakes. Duck eggs don't make light fluffy cakes. I'm like you they have horrible flavor not a whole lot of good uses... I'm Sam...

I've baked with duck eggs. They aren't good for baking for sure unless you want heavy breads. I like light fluffy cakes. Duck eggs don't make light fluffy cakes. I'm like you they have horrible flavor not a whole lot of good uses... I'm Sam raising ducks but as meat birds not for their eggs. I'd rather cook them for my dog. They are good for that.

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