May is National Egg Month

May is National Egg Month, which means we get to celebrate the incredible, edible, egg-celent egg all month long. This year, you can help us celebrate by entering our second annual Baking Contest. ENTER HERE!

Of course, we also consider ourselves “eggsperts” when it comes to eggs, so here are some of our best baking tips. We hope they provide some ideas and inspirations for your own Baking Contest entry.

Use room-temperature ingredients. Plenty of baking recipes call for room-temperature ingredients, but this step is frequently ignored. Plan ahead and set your eggs and butter out an hour before. When at room temperature, eggs, butter, and other dairy ingredients form an emulsion, which traps air. While baking in the oven, that trapped air expands and produces fluffy baked goods.
Butter and flour your pans generously. Your batter or dough has the potential to bake on and adhere to the pan, so butter it up. Consider every nook and cranny that could get sticky, and be generous and thorough with your application.
Measure your ingredients. Successful baking means eliminating as much potential for error as possible, and that means making sure your measurements are exact. A cup of flour measured in volume, for example, can vary as much as five ounces. To be more precise use a straight edge to ensure that the dry ingredients in your measuring cups are level. Semi-solid foods, such as peanut butter, sour cream, mayonnaise and shortening, should be packed into measuring cups to remove all air bubbles until they are level with the top of the cup.
Rotate halfway through. Every oven has a hot spot, and if you don’t correct for it, you run the risk of unevenly cooked pastries—or worse, some that burn or wind up underbaked. When a recipe calls for turning a baking sheet or pan 180 degrees halfway through the process, don’t ignore it!
Know your oven. Find out if your oven runs hot or cold—if you know that it’s consistently 25 degrees lower than what you set it at, adjust accordingly.

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Mother’s Day Brunch

Sunday is Mother’s Day, so you still have a few more days to get a card and dream up the perfect brunch recipe to show your mom how much she means to you. To give you some inspiration, we’ve put together our favorite brunch recipes.

Our Peachy Keen Cinnamon Pancakes are perfect for a mom who has a sunny disposition while our Eggs Benedict recipe will satisfy any mom that prefers a classic breakfast. Maybe your mom is an epicure or a lover of international flavors. If so, try our Gyro Omelet recipe or our Fiesta-in-a-Flash Omelet. If you’ve got a whole crowd of moms to feed, try our impressive 3-dish menu for a full Mother’s Day spread.

Whatever you do for the moms in your life this weekend, we hope you have a lovely weekend with family, food, and fun. Tell us what your plans are in the comments.

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New NestFresh Products!

We are overjoyed to announce brand new NestFresh products and the addition of new stores carrying our humane, sustainable products.

We have improved our Pasture Raised eggs.  They are now Certified Humane and from farms that provide at least 108 square foot per bird of outdoor pasture.  We’ve also added new products including Pasture Raised Soy Free, Pasture Raised Organic, and Pasture Raised Non-GMO Project Verified eggs.

We have also added hard cooked eggs to our line of humane, sustainable eggs from family farms.  These offer our same NestFresh Eggs now hard cooked and peeled for added convenience.  They make a great snack or meal prep shortcut.

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Our Non-GMO Free Range Eggs are now available in Publix Super Markets and our Cage Free Hard Cooked Eggs, Pasture Raised Organic Eggs and Pasture Raised Eggs can be purchased in Harris Teeter stores.

We are so happy to be able to serve more people who share our values of humane animal care, family farming and sustainable agriculture while making pasture raised, organic and non-GMO products even more accessible. We’re proud to now be distributed in Publix and Harris Teeter, offering health-conscious and environmentally conscious consumers in the Southeast high quality eggs from humane, sustainable family farms.

To see a complete list of stores that carry our eggs, visit our Where to Buy map.

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Take the Non-GMO Challenge with NestFresh

April is the month to join NestFresh and the Non-GMO Project to take the Non-GMO Challenge. The Non-GMO Project is challenging you to take the Non-GMO Challenge all month long and choose products that are produced without GMOs.

GMOs are now present in more than 75% of conventional processed food, so look for the Non-GMO Project Verified logo to find products that are produced according to best practices for GMO avoidance. Their rigorous program includes audits and testing of farms and facilities. For NestFresh, that means that our cage free, free range hens are fed non-GMO feed. The farmers start with traditional seeds that are non-GMO strains and keep them away from GMO inputs that may contaminate them. The farms trace the eggs from the barns to the packaging to make sure they do not co-mingle with eggs from hens fed GMO feed ingredients.

NestFresh is proud to produce a full line of Non-GMO Project Verified products. Learn more about our non-GMO farms and the affects GMOs have on the environment, farming, and our food.

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NestFresh Non-GMO Project Verified Products

NestFresh Non-GMO Organic Eggs

NestFresh Non-GMO Organic Eggs

NestFresh Pasture Raised Non-GMO Eggs

NestFresh Pasture Raised Non-GMO Eggs

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Food Journalists Talk Humane, Sustainable Foods

We returned from another great weekend at Natural Products Expo West. As we mentioned, we have a great time every year surrounded by people who care about humane, sustainable, and natural food.

We also host a great breakfast with our team and our partners from the world of natural food. This year, we hosted a panel of journalists who focus on food. It was great to hear from them on the power of consumers and where natural food is heading. They had some great insights and we are excited to share the ones we found most interesting.

Overheard at our gourmet breakfast event and food trade journalists:

• People are looking at the “social ingredients” of a product, including corporate responsibility, non-GMO certifications, humane certifications and more.
• People want more knowledge about where their food comes from. This requires commitment and collaboration from retailers and food producers to learn alongside shoppers.
• There is no “best” format for every retailer. Rather, each must have a handle on its consumers and demographic to best serve them. For instance, some major retailers are rolling out e-commerce but are still maintaining their brick and mortar stores.
• Coming trends include sustainable packaging, farm-to-fork stories, crossovers from brands, wellness, solutions that go beyond the aisle and encompass the whole store, and transparency.

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Have a Hoppy and Egg-celent Easter

As egg producers, we like to think that we are “eggsperts” at this whole Easter thing. With Easter coming this weekend, we wanted to share some of our favorite Easter recipes and ideas.

If you are looking for clever new ways to decorate your Easter Eggs, we have some fun, festive ideas for decorating Easter eggs that go beyond dyeing.

We also have some great dessert recipes including our Carrot Cake in a Mug and Lemon Ricotta Cake. On Monday after Easter, when you have tons of hard boiled eggs and ham leftover, try whipping up Ham and Egg Salad.

Try something new this Easter like an outdoor brunch spread or themed table setting. However you celebrate, we hope you have a hoppy and egg-celent Easter!

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Celebrate Sandwiches!

Sandwiches are a great meal for any time of day. Breakfast can start with bacon egg and cheese on a bagel (Bagel Sandwich!), while lunch can be a burger – try it topped with a fried egg (Hamburger Sandwich!) with dinner being a classic Bacon Lettuce and Tomato and Egg with Mayo on Sourdough! (BELT Sandwich!).

We love sandwiches because they are an easy way to make a filling meal that includes whole grains, healthy protein, and nutritious veggies. For example, some people think of the fried egg sandwich as being unhealthy, but it’s actually packed with protein. Egg yolks are a great source of chromium, which can help to stabilize blood sugar levels, thus preventing between meal hunger pangs that result in snacking. Eggs also contain choline – an important nutrient people don’t get enough of. Choline is used to build cell membranes and has a role in producing signaling molecules in the brain. Paired with vitamin D and plenty of Omega-3’s, the fried egg sandwich just might become your new go-to breakfast!

A fun twist on the traditional fried egg sandwich is an Open Faced Egg and Avocado Sandwich.

Open Faced Egg & Avocado Sandwich

Ingredients:

• 1 slice of bread, fresher the better
• 1/4 ripe avocado
• 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
• salt & pepper, to taste
• 1 egg
• 1/2 heirloom tomato, sliced

Instructions:

1. Pre-heat a non-stick pan over medium heat.
2. In a small bowl, mash together the avocado, lemon juice and a dash of salt and pepper until well mixed.
3. Toast bread to personal liking.
4. While bread is toasting, crack an egg in the warmed pan and cook until your egg reaches over easy. You want the yolk to have a hint of crust on the outside but gooey insides. Don’t forget to salt & pepper your egg. Remove egg from heat once it reaches your preferred level of doneness.
5. Slice heirloom tomato into thin slices.
6. Build your open-faced sandwich by spreading avocado spread on toast, followed by tomatoes, then egg. Add salt and pepper. Enjoy!

Here are some other sandwiches we love:
Cilantro Lime Pulled Pork Sandwich
Egg Salad Sandwiches with Egg White Mayonnaise
Protein packed Sandwich
Sunny Salmon Breakfast Sandwich

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March is National Nutrition Month

March is Natural Nutrition Month, so we’re celebrating our favorite nutrient-rich food: Eggs! Eggs are a good source of iron, protein, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D. They have every vitamin and mineral your body needs except for Vitamin C. In addition to choosing great foods like eggs, there are a number of ways to make healthy, nutritious choices. Eating right doesn’t have to be complicated. These recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans can help get you started.

• Emphasize fruit, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free milk and milk products.
• Include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts.
• Make sure your diet is low in saturated fats, trans fats, salt (sodium) and added.

How are you focusing on nutrition this month?

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What is Clean Eating?

Clean eating is a simple concept! Rather than revolving around the idea of ingesting more or less of specific things (for instance, fewer calories or more protein), the idea is more about choosing real foods over processed foods.

There are a number of ways to start incorporating the principles of clean eating into your lifestyle. Make these small changes and they can add up to better healthy, increased nutritional intake, and better eating!

• Shop the perimeter: Do all or most of your grocery shopping in the perimeter isles of the grocery store. This is where most of the fresh, whole food is stocked—eggs, dairy, meat, seafood, and fresh produce. Spend less time in the center aisles which have more processed foods with longer ingredient lists.

• Read labels: Just because something may claim to be healthy does not in fact mean it is. Take a peek at your favorite snack’s label. The nutrition facts and ingredient label will tell you more about how nutritious a food is than any claims on the packaging.

• Meal prep: Preparing your meals is a helpful way to ensure you’re eating well all week long. Before your week begins, cook up a variety of vegetables, meats and grains. Then place them in containers and refrigerate. Throughout the week, all you have to do is heat and enjoy!

• Pack your lunch: Avoid grabbing fast food during your lunch hour. Not only are you eating food that isn’t healthy for you, but those fast food bills can start to add up.

• Put and egg on it: Eggs are versatile and are great at breakfast, lunch or dinner, or as a snack! One egg has varying amounts of 13 essential vitamins and minerals plus 6 grams of high-quality protein. Eggs are a great source of vitamin D, vitamin B12, phosphorus and riboflavin. Eggs are full of high-quality protein, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. They are low in carbohydrates, as they to blood sugar levels. Eggs are also very filling, so if you are trying to lose weight, they are a great food to enjoy.

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Natural Products Expo West

This week the NestFresh team is heading out to Natural Products Expo West. This annual trade show is held every March in Anaheim and it brings together all of the best natural food, home, and beauty products.

We have a great time every year meeting people who care about humane animal care, sustainability, and good food. We also love to meet other companies that are producing great products with the health of animals, the earth, and consumers in mind. But, our absolute favorite part is sampling all of the delicious natural foods. Some are even made with our NestFresh Eggs.

If you’ll be at Natural Products Expo West this year, please visit us in booth #3180. We’ll be giving away egg pops, recipe cards, coupons, and lots of other great goodies! We hope to see you there.

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