Egg washing?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Pardee_Boy, Jul 30, 2010.

  1. Pardee_Boy

    Pardee_Boy Out Of The Brooder

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    Whats the rule of thumb when it comes to cleaning your eggs? I just got egg number one and number two today.
     
  2. amaranth320

    amaranth320 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought you weren't supposed to wash them until you were ready to use them? Something about a protective coating on the shell... That's what I've been doing, at least!
     
  3. midget_farms

    midget_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A fresh egg has a 'cuticle'. A membrane on the outside of the shell that keeps moisture in. If you don't wash the eggs until you use them they will keep in the fridge for up to 6 months! If you wash them they will start to evaporate & not last as long.

    Washing is a personal choice though - some eggs get pretty dirty. & I'd never have one last 6 months anyway.

    If you sell eggs - you should wash them before you sell them.
     
  4. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't wash them unless they are absolutely gross, and never wash eggs being used for incubation (but not a good idea to use dirty eggs for incubation). I don't sell mine and folk to whom I give them don't seem to mind a bit of dirt,
    Sandie
     
  5. JMPE

    JMPE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In order to keep the bloom, I never wash my eggs. If I get a dirty one, I might gently wipe it. I don't sell eggs (not enough from my little flock), but when I give them away, I let my friends and family know that they have not been washed and why.
     
  6. ZaneyMama

    ZaneyMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have never washed my eggs. They have never been dirty, and I am always cooking them, not eating them raw.
     
  7. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

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    I will wash the really gross ones, but if you get them everyday it's unlikely that they will get gross. If I have questions about how clean an egg is when I go to use it I can wash it then.
     
  8. Pardee_Boy

    Pardee_Boy Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks everyone:D. I didn't wash number two today straight to the frying pan for a fantastic little breakfast.
     
  9. agarita

    agarita New Egg

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    speaking of fantastic a breakfast - yesterday I watched an old episode on PBS of Julia Child making omelettes... not Martha with a flock of Easter Egg Chickens, but Julia knew how to make an omelette!
     
  10. lamelde

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    So... How do you wash an egg when you need to?
     

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