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That’s an egg shortage right now — here’s what you need to know

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Including the best egg substitutes.

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We’ve all noticed that our grocery store bills are a little higher these days. While some of this is due to inflation and the general increase in the cost of food, there may be another reason, especially if your family eats a lot of eggs. Whether you like them scrambled, fried, or an omelet, this healthy source of protein is a breakfast staple in most homes. But with scarce supply on shelves and generally rising costs, this situation is far from it Excellent. Here’s what you need to know about the egg shortage in 2023 plus some alternatives if eggs aren’t quite right for you.

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Why is there a shortage of eggs?

One of the main reasons for this shortage is the outbreak of avian influenza (bird flu), which is a highly contagious and deadly virus. Although this outbreak occurred over a year ago, according to the USDA, it has affected more than 57 million birds in both commercial flocks and backyard flocks. This has resulted in more than 44 million egg-laying chickens migrating, which means that fewer eggs are currently being produced.

But this is not the only reason for the shortage. theLos Angeles Times Reports indicate that some states have banned the sale of caged bird eggs, including California. So, if you notice that all of the cartons at your local supermarket say “cage-free,” that could be the reason. While a cage-free life is certainly better for the animals, unfortunately it also affects supply.

Why are eggs so expensive?

However, bird flu and population migration are not entirely responsible for the increase in egg prices. Given inflation, bird feed, along with packaging and fuel (everyone feels it at the pump), also drives up the overall price of eggs.

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So, if eggs are totally unavailable at your nearest grocery store, what should you do for breakfast tomorrow? One of the best options is to check out your local farmer’s market. Not only is it easier to source eggs locally, but fresh eggs also tend to taste better. However, it may be a little different than what you are used to. Whole dozens may not have a uniform shell color and the yokes tend to be orange.

Another option is liquid egg whites or products such as an egg beater. While these won’t come in handy if you like eggs sunny-side up, they’re great for omelettes or scrambled eggs in a pinch. You can also use it for baking.

Can’t find any eggs at all and need to bake a cake? Some great egg substitutes include applesauce, mashed bananas, vegetable oil, or even silken tofu, which can stand in for eggs in some recipes. Alternatively, tofu can be stir-fried like an egg and tastes delicious when mixed with cheese and fresh vegetables.

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