I had so many eggs, I was looking for ways to preserve them. I have started putting the clean, unwashed eggs in cartons with an X so I can tell the difference. Good to know I don't need to wash them first.
On dirtier eggs, I generally lightly rinse them with water, then I've been squirting a little white vinegar on a paper towel and wiping them off. I thought I would try this since vinegar is a natural germ killer. Don't know if this is a good idea or not, but haven't had any complaints and they are eaten fairly quickly after refrigerating.
A friend of mine said that in Panama, eggs are not refrigerated, but stored on the counter. Does anyone know how long this is safe? I have also researched sealing eggs with salted butter then storing in cornmeal or such in a cool, dark place for long term storage. (Such as when hens are not laying for winter). Has anyone tried or had luck with this?
A short note of warning -- I was feeding eggs I found in random places in the yard to my border collie. She liked them so much, she has taken to helping herself out of the coop!