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Sponsored: Why the difference between cage free and free-range matters

Sponsored: Why the difference between cage free and free-range matters
© Vicki Vale | Dreamstime

There's nothing more American than a breakfast that starts with eggs. What are your family's breakfast traditions?

If you're like most people, your family scatters first thing in the morning. You're all running to work, school and other appointments.

If you're lucky, you're able to set aside time during the evening to prepare a meal together and share stories about the day. A great family dinner starts with fresh ingredients, including eggs.

But what about breakfast? For many families, breakfast is a special occasion. Maybe you cook breakfast a few days a week when everyone is home.

Your family might enjoy bacon and eggs on Sunday morning, with hot cups of coffee and fresh-squeezed orange juice. Or does your family make blueberry pancakes and sunny-side-up eggs on Saturday and eggs and bacon on weekdays?

Whatever your breakfast traditions, you don't want to skimp on the quality of ingredients on those cherished days with your family. Quality ingredients matter to you and they matter to our sponsor, HelloFresh.

Cage-Free Eggs

You've been hearing a lot about free-range chickens and eggs the past few years. It's all part of a movement to bring higher quality ingredients to your kitchen table.

We all work too hard to eat low-quality food. So, chefs and home cooks have started to demand high-quality ingredients, including farm fresh eggs.

That's a good thing. You've probably noticed for yourself that high-quality ingredients, including locally sourced produce, meat and dairy, taste better than the ingredients we used to eat.

When it comes to chicken and eggs, you've heard the terms, "cage-free" and "free range." These terms make a difference to the quality of ingredients in your home-cooked meals.

Many farms keep their chickens locked up in cages that are smaller than a standard 8.5-by-11-inch piece of paper. You can imagine how stressful that environment is for chickens, which on average have wingspans of 30 inches.

Fortunately, there has been a movement away from that to cage-free chickens. The idea is that chickens with room to walk around have less stress and produce better tasting eggs. (It's also a more humane way to treat chickens.)

Unfortunately, "cage-free" may not mean what you think it does. Many cage-free chickens live their entire lives inside warehouses without ever seeing sunlight.

Free-Range Chickens

Family farmers have long known that the highest-quality eggs are produced by truly happy chickens, like those on the Happy Egg Co. farm. That's a farm where HelloFresh gets its eggs.

Their chickens live truly happy lives. As Happy Egg Co. says, "Happy hens make happy eggs."

Free-range chickens can roam around outside. They enjoy the sunlight, spreading their wings and roaming around eating and doing things that chickens enjoy doing.

At Happy Egg Co., they roam around an eight-acre farm. On average, each chicken has about 21.8 square feet of space.

By comparison, most free-range chickens get about two square feet of space. As you can imagine, Happy Egg Co. chickens are happier than other chickens.

The result is delicious eggs. You'll notice the difference the next time your family gathers for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

HelloFresh Cares About Quality

Our sponsor HelloFresh delivers the highest quality ingredients right to your front door. Your family and you will notice this the next time you prepare a home-cooked meal.

The best thing about HelloFresh is that it simplifies cooking. You can choose from 10 chef-designed recipes each week.

These are healthy meals that keep calories down and flavor way up. When you open the box, you'll find fresh ingredients that would otherwise require you to drive around town for hours.

Plus, for big holiday meals, HelloFresh has recipes for larger portions. Sounds great, right?

HelloFresh meals are simple to prepare, delicious and fast. Most meals take about 30 minutes to prepare.

Plus, as a Komando.com reader, you save $30 off your first HelloFresh box.

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The best meals start with the freshest ingredients. Fresh ingredients when they're prepared with the right equipment.

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