Observing the month of September's Eat Local Challenge ( http://eatlocalchallenge.com/ ) in Sonoma County is not much of a "challenge". To make this a more meaningful learning experience for me, I've been trying doubly hard to seek out local food stuffs I've not cooked with before. Saturday afternoon I headed over to the Willie Bird store in Santa Rosa to pick up some ground turkey and carcasses and noticed the "turkey eggs" sign taped on the front door. I've not noticed it before, so this was something new to get excited about. Sold by the flat of 20 eggs for $2.00, these are organic eggs from Willie Bird's own flock.
I asked if these were "gamey" in flavor like duck eggs. The clerk said that they taste just like chicken eggs, just bigger. They're about twice the volume of a "large" chicken egg. She also advised that the shells and membranes are tougher and harder to crack.
Flat of Willie Bird turkey eggs -
Back at the kitchen, I tried cracking them on the edge of the tile counter. One blow would crack the shell, but a second whack next to the first crack was needed to extend the fissure enough to separate the halves of the shell. But perhaps the best way to describe the toughness of the shells is to pass on that my very heavy handbag (stuffed with camera, sunglasses, check book, phone, PDA, etc.) flew off the seat when I had to slam on the brakes suddenly when an oncoming car swerved into my lane and landed on the eggs. I'd put the open flat on the floor on the passenger side. None of the turkey eggs broke or even cracked. Amazing.
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Willie Bird Turkeys
5350 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa, CA
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