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egg washing?

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by mistylady, Sep 26, 2008.

  1. mistylady

    mistylady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do I get the newly laid eggs clean without breaking them?:eek:
     
  2. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In the old days they used a very fine bit of sandpaper just on the dirty areas.

    If you wash an egg it washes off the "bloom", which is a coating that protects the contents from bacteria.
     
  3. mistylady

    mistylady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I rinsed the nasty off two eggs. I think the hen aimed poop at one. [​IMG] I'm waiting to get two more eggs so I can fry them up. Are the eggs still good since I rinsed them off? They're in the fridge.
     
  4. ChickaD

    ChickaD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I find an egg with still-fresh poo on it, I just wipe it off in the wood shavings. If I find it dried on, I use a slightly-moistened paper towel.
    Sure, your eggs will be fine to use.
     
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  5. happyhen

    happyhen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read this here at byc, and have been doing it ever since. After collecting the eggs, I wash my hands and dry them with one paper towel. I then use that damp paper towel to wipe the eggs of any dirt before putting them in the fridge.
     
  6. mistylady

    mistylady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you everyone! I appreciate the help! I'll have enough eggs in a day or so to have a breakfast plate of scrambled eggs! I can't wait but then I kinda feel guilty too.
     
  7. Daycare Mom

    Daycare Mom Chickens, Cuddly and Delicious

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    I bet they will be the best eggs you ever ate! I used to feel guilty too, but the eggs are soooo good!
     
  8. mistylady

    mistylady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm glad I'm not tthe only one who feels guilty about eating the eggs! LOL My hubby said I was nuts!

    I love your avatar Daycare Mom ! Beautiful!
     
  9. Michigan Chickman

    Michigan Chickman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Uh Oh, now I feel guilty that I don't feel guilty about eating the eggs [​IMG]
     
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  10. Stella1964

    Stella1964 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I felt weird eating the eggs for the first couple of weeks. I could only hold them in my hands and marvel at them! Everyone thought I was crazy. But after a while, the novelty wore off and now I eat them every day.

    [​IMG]

    Re washing them...I've read in enough reference books that if you absolutely need to wash some poop off them to use warm (not cold) water and a soft cloth. If you end up washing most or all of the egg shell, the bloom will be gone and so will the natural bacterial protectant on the shell. To replace it, use a small dab of coconut oil to replace the bloom and place in the fridge immediately.
     

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