Recently I was doing a little shopping at Aldi and looked to see if they carry any pasture raised eggs. The answer to that is no. But they did have free range eggs that are “sustainably raised” and “raised on small family farms.”
That last phrase especially gave me hope that the hens might have a lifestyle almost as good as pasture raised hens. But the proof of that is in the egg yolk. So I bought some to see for myself how they compare to the Vital Farms pasture raised eggs I normally buy.
The difference between free range and pasture raised eggs
The term “free range” means that hens have access to the outdoors and have less than two square feet of space. They may actually spend very little time outdoors.
The term “pasture raised” means that hens have at least 108 square feet of space and they spend most of the day outside scratching dirt and eating bugs.
The moment of truth, cracking open the eggs
It was instantly obvious which egg is superior judging by the color of the egg yolks. Vital Farms eggs are a deep orange yellow, while the Aldi eggs are yellow with a touch of orange. (They do seem to have a bit more color than regular Goldhen eggs.)
And there is a difference in taste as well, with the flavor being more intense in Vital Farms pasture raised eggs.
My video review
Aldi free range eggs DO NOT beat Vital Farms pasture raised eggs.
Even though Aldi free range eggs are half the price at $2.99, I will continue to buy Vital Farms eggs. I feel confident their hens are living their best chicken lives down on the farm which also means their eggs are more nutritious.