Wednesday, June 25, 2008

they aren't the same size

On the news a couple of weeks ago, I heard that the people raising chickens in Japan were having a hard time because the cost of feed was rising too quickly for them to be able to afford it. Some have resorted to feeding their chickens rice instead of corn.( I wonder what the yolks will look like?)

I'm not sure if this has anything to do with what has been going on at the supermarkets, but recently I bought a pack of eggs. It was cheaper than the usual L (large) pack I buy--198 yen (about US$1.98) for 10 eggs.

When I took a closer look, the label said iroiro saizu (various sizes)--188 yen for (about US$1.88).

I'll keep buying these to save some cash. I wish they would do this for their veggies and fruit (everything is perfect and straight), then I could save even more.


Barbara said...

I've just noticed your new header Kat. Very nice.

KirkK said...

Hi Kat - It would be interesting to taste rice fed chicken eggs.Eggs here in San Diego are over $2 a dozen.

K & S said...

Thanks Barbara, I'm thinking about changing it to match the different seasons. :)

I'm interested in rice fed chicken's eggs too, Kirkk, wonder if the yolk will be lighter in color. Over $2 for a dozen is pricey!

Take care you two.

Ms. Hot Mess said...

I bet some poor egg sorter was just PAINED to have to let these go out to market... I guess the times they are a changin'.

Dhanggit said...

I have a friend who entered egg business two years ago in philippines, because of egg scarcity in their she’s the egg magnate in their region. She told me its really lucrative they can sell even broken eggs. In France eggs are quite expensive too, although here people pays more if the egg is raised naturally in a wilds than in cages 

Lori said...

Hi Kat -
The eggs we buy in Hawaii are ... $5.00/dozen! We could get the cheaper $3.00/dozen ones from the mainland but the local brand seems to stay fresher longer. Plus we like supporting the local farmers. :)

K & S said...

maybe, MHM, maybe.

wow, Dhanggit, your friend is sure lucky to be in that business.

$5 a dozen is expensive, Lori, though I agree that supporting the local farmers is a good thing.

Take care everyone.

genkitummy said...

interesting post!
i think they should sell different sized eggs in the US too.

Also I'm curious to see if there is a difference in taste of eggs. let me know.
The research lab i'm in is a sensory science lab, so we actually run tests on detecting differences and consumer acceptance, etc.

shar said...

Hi kat, hmmmm...wonder if these rice fed chickens eggs will taste like fried rice when cooked ! :)

just a yolk ;)


K & S said...

what a cool job, Genkitummy :) I'll let you know if I get to try any rice fed chicken eggs.

wouldn't that be great, Shar? Fried rice flavored eggs...hmm.

Take care you two.

rowena said...

That's scary if it eventually ends up where farmers can't even feed their livestock due to climbing grain prices. Yikes!

The cheapest dozen I find are not from free-range hens and costs 2 euros. Fortunately I don't consume/use eggs at a voracious rate.

K & S said...

It is very scary, Rowena. I think one farmer was saying that he had to spend double of what he would normally spend to feed his chickens. You are lucky that you don't use a lot of eggs :)

Take care.

Michelle Toratani said...

Free-range eggs can cost up to $6.90/dozen here in Australia (these are Kangaroo Island premium eggs) but usually spend around $4.50 to $5.00/dozen for eggs. Even the "caged" eggs are at least $3/dozen. I actually really surprised how cheap it is in Japan. I love the "iroiro sizes" - so funny.

K & S said...

The news just said that the price of eggs here will rise, so I have yet to see what that will be, Michelle. $5 or $6 is a lot for eggs.

Take care.