best way to clean eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Jim41, Aug 6, 2009.

  1. Jim41

    Jim41 In the Brooder

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    Yeah! got my first egg today, and was wondering what the best way to clean them is?
     
  2. rmelvin23

    rmelvin23 In the Brooder

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    I put them in the fridge until ready to use. Then I wash with warm water and soap quickly. Make sure to rinse well.
     
  3. luvchicks8

    luvchicks8 Songster

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    Congrats on first egg I just got mine 2 days ago!![​IMG]
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Crowing

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    Why clean them? If the hens don't sleep in the nest boxes, they won't be poopy, and there is no need.

    The shells are porous. If you just have to wash them, be sure you wash in water that is warmer than the egg, so bacteria will tend to move outward rather than inward. I would not use a soap on them. A very mild bleach solution is the most I would use, if I just felt like I had to disinfect them.

    They have a natural coating that helps protect them; when you wash, you remove the coating.
     
  5. Jim41

    Jim41 In the Brooder

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    Thanks for the info its very appreciated.
     
  6. fasbendera

    fasbendera Songster

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    [​IMG]I read that the eggs have a natural coating that helps keep them fresh and you aren't suppose to wash them until you want to use them. You should also crack them on a flat surface to eliminate any impurities mixing with the inside contents. "When I give my eggs to friends/family I always include a little feather so they remember they are fresh. They love it.
     
  7. Zuesdude

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    Egg Farms wash their eggs that you buy in the store. I wash my eggs in hot water with little dawn and use a paper towl
     
  8. lovemychix

    lovemychix Songster

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    Quote:I do the same thing. I wash them like dishes. [​IMG] Load them up and wash with dawn and dry on a towel. Best way I've found.
     
  9. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    I never refrigerate my eggs and I don't wash them. If they are exceptionally dirty I wipe them clean with a dry Scotchbrite pad that I keep on top of the nest box.
     
  10. naturegirl

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    I read an artical in Mother Earth News about egg washing and the best way to store them. A study was conducted and they found that eggs that are unwashed can be stored at room temp for up to 90 days. Once they are refrigerated they have to continue in that state or they will go bad. As for washing, you are washing off the protective coating called the "bloom" it is there for a reason, to protect the egg. I would only wash the eggs before consumption.
     

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