Duck eggs.

What can be said but…..thank you?

Thank you, ducks of the world. Thank you duck farmers of the Gem State. Thank you to the person who discovered that if you’re allergic to chicken eggs, the chances are good that you can eat duck eggs.

Just *tears* thank you.

My chicken egg allergy was confirmed through an IgG food allergy test. I already knew I was allergic, but didn’t want to accept the fact. Every time I ate chicken eggs (grocery store, farm fresh…it didn’t matter) my face and arms would break out in an itchy, water filled rash. Nice. So I. just. knew.

So for the last hundred thousand years I have lived without my favorites:

  • Omelettes
  • Crepes
  • Souffles
  • Eggs over easy
  • Scrambled eggs
  • French toast
  • Baked goods that don’t get on the crumbly side
  • Pumpkin pie that isn’t flat
  • Egg dumplings for soup
  • Homemade bagels
  • That super yummy breakfast casserole

But those wonderful ducks changed it all.

I’m told that the protein in a duck egg is entirely different from the protein in the chicken egg, which is why those allergic to one can eat the other. Most of the time. Unless you have an allergy to the duck egg protein. After which you may want to try goose eggs. That was my next step if the duck eggs didn’t fly.

Get it? Didn’t *fly*?

Anyway.

You can find all kinds of different websites by googling about duck eggs. There is a wealth of information out there, including sites about how to raise your own ducks for laying. I’m still toying with that one.

I found where to buy them locally by googling ‘duck eggs’ and my state and city. They can be quite expensive (usually four to six dollars per dozen), but they are worth every penny. Rumor has it that ducks do not lay year round, but I am told that one can ‘stock up’ by simply cracking an egg into a freezer safe bag and they will keep frozen for up to six months.

Also, since they are larger than chicken eggs, if a recipe calls for two eggs, I simply use just one.

So if you have a chicken egg allergy, don’t lose hope!

You may just be able to have scrambled eggs with your bacon once again!

Happy Egg Hunting!

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