Do You "Exp Date" Label The Carton, On Your For Sale Eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by DeGriz, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. DeGriz

    DeGriz Out Of The Brooder

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    Just wondering.

    We have just sold our first extra eggs. Three dozen went in 2 minutes at $2.00/doz. at the wifes work.

    One person asked "how long they will keep" or to the point "what is the expiration date".

    I prefer to think of it as a "Best if used by..."

    But I really had no good anwer. I refridgerate the eggs as soon as I collect them so How long would they be good for?

    I have been marking the carton with the date I finished filling the carton.

    What do some of you do?
     
  2. Choco Maran

    Choco Maran Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm pretty new to this site but from the reading I have done if not washed thay will last up to 8wks on the kitchen countermaybe longer and about 12 to 16 wks in the refir. So I would say tell them between 4 to 6 wks. [​IMG]
     
  3. DeGriz

    DeGriz Out Of The Brooder

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    So does anybody date label the cartons they sell?
     
  4. Ms~Silkie~Girl

    Ms~Silkie~Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i don't
     
  5. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We date ours with a "Best By" date that is 30 days from the date of lay/collection. For example, today's eggs are dated Best By 01/21/10. We sell at farmers markets and sellout every week. If a customer asks, we tell them the truth. 1) we never have an egg a week old because we sellout weekly and 2) even if not consumed by the Best By Date on the cartons, they will still be fresher than grocery store eggs.

    I also explain the Julien dates that are used on commercially packed (grocery store) eggs.
     
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I date them when I start a carton and when it's filled, but I don't date them for my customers. The same people buy a couple dozen a week, so I don't worry about them going bad. They're consumed long before that could happen.
    Eggs that haven't had the bloom washed off of them can last a very long time.
     
  7. DeGriz

    DeGriz Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Thanks for the info. Kim_NC, judging by your website it sure seems you know what your talking about.

    I did a search on the "Julien dates" but didn't find any mention.

    Care to offer a quick lesson?

    BTW, A nice cold grape NeHi sure would bring back some sweet childhood memories. [​IMG]
     
  8. Renee'

    Renee' Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks for the info. Kim_NC, judging by your website it sure seems you know what your talking about.

    I did a search on the "Julien dates" but didn't find any mention.

    Care to offer a quick lesson?

    BTW, A nice cold grape NeHi sure would bring back some sweet childhood memories. [​IMG]

    I have a misspelling in there - it's Julian date. In the Julian date system, each day of the year is given a number...with Jan 1st being 1 and Dec 31st being 365. Most states require that egg cartons show the Julian date that the eggs in the carton were packed or laid. For example, last week I saw eggs in a grocery store with a Julian date of 313 - that was Nov 9th. So those eggs were already 5+ weeks old. They also had a "use by" date of Jan 29th.

    You can get a Julian calendar that covers several years here:
    http://modland.nascom.nasa.gov/browse/calendar.html

    Oh yeah, that Grape Nehi is quite popular. We ship cases and cases everyday - Peach and Orange too. [​IMG]

    edit - 'cause I just can't type this evening!
     
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2009
  10. Chickie'sMoma

    Chickie'sMoma Chillin' With My Peeps

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