Egg storage

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Headchick55, Oct 31, 2019.

  1. Headchick55

    Headchick55 Hatching

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    Should I keep my eggs in the fridge or on the counter?
     
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  2. TwentyOneChickens

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    I keep my eggs on the counter before I sterilize them because the bloom will protect it, but after I sterilize them I refrigerate them because apparently with the bloom off, it can go bad. I don't know where I heard that from though.
     
  3. FortCluck

    FortCluck Free Ranging

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    You can do either. I don't wash my eggs until I use them. Not washing them protects them if you're leaving them on the counter. If you do wash them then put them in the fridge.

    I put all my eggs in the fridge because my cat would knock them off the counter.
     
  4. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Free Ranging

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    If eggs are unwashed and relatively clean it's up to you... eggs do age faster being left out compared to refrigeration but they can take up quite a lot of space in a fridge (I have 1 shelf dedicated to only eggs). If you've washed the eggs, they should be refrigerated as you've removed the protective bloom.
     
  5. Club cramahe coop

    Club cramahe coop In the Brooder

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    If they look relatively clean, do you need to wash them at all? Can we just crack them into the pan to fry ?
     
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  6. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Free Ranging

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    No need to wash them, for some people it just feels more reassuring to do so. Dirty eggs should be washed before using (and I'd use those immediately) as there's a greater potential for some of the dirt to flake off into your bowl/pan.
     
  7. BigBlueHen53

    BigBlueHen53 Crowing

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    @TwentyOneChickens , how do you sterilize your eggs? I just give mine a little wipe with a wet paper towel if there is any dirt or poop on them (does not happen often as the nests stay pretty clean) or a quick rinse under running water if dusty.
     
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  8. BigBlueHen53

    BigBlueHen53 Crowing

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    According to the USDA, refrigerated eggs are good for 100 days from hen to plate. That's 3 months and 10 days, approximately. Sorry, my phone will no longer let me copy and paste web addresses (this was considered an "update," I understand). In the US, commercially produced eggs are washed and refrigerated. I don't know how long they're good on your counter, but the temperature of your counter should be considered. We have this conversation on a pretty regular basis.
     
  9. ConnieA

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    Is this the link you were trying to copy?
    https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/porta...ration/shell-eggs-from-farm-to-table/ct_index
     
  10. Frazzemrat1

    Frazzemrat1 Free Ranging

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    I don't refrigerate until I wash them. Keeping in mind that our ancestors never refrigerated eggs. There's really no need, unless you do keep your eggs for 3 months.
     

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