wash or not to wash?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Andie32, Jul 11, 2019.

  1. Andie32

    Andie32 In the Brooder

    Jun 27, 2019
    So I’ve heard people say wash and refrigerate and I’ve heard people say do not wash and leave on counter. I’m getting 9 eggs per day right now. I’ve given a couple doZen away. But what’s the best way to store them safely? I know washing them removes the bloom, but if they’re refrigerated are they still safe to eat sunny side up (the CDC says no runny eggs if washed because of salmonella transfer.)
  2. Squishychicken

    Squishychicken Songster

    Oct 13, 2017
    North carolina
    I dont wash unless theres poop on the eggs which is rare if the coop is clean. I also leave on the counter. Just make sure you dont put eggs that have been in the fridge on the counter or vis versa
  3. Brahma Chicken5000

    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict

    Sep 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    I don’t wash my eggs and leave them on the counter. If they are dirty they are washed before being use for eating. I will wash eggs before I give them to friends though.
  4. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Free Ranging

    Jul 3, 2016
    Pac NW
    My Coop
    Even unwashed they'll last longer with refrigeration than without. I refrigerate my eggs but don't wash them - any eggs that are dirty enough to need washing I either eat immediately or save them for the dogs.

    My usual egg preparation is soft poached with super runny yolks.

    Eggs for hard boiling I wash and scrub in lukewarm water right before boiling.
  5. ammyg

    ammyg In the Brooder

    Apr 11, 2019
    Is it bad to wash them? I just started getting eggs and wash each one then put in the fridge. Is that bad to do? I tend to eat a boiled egg a day but have not started on my girls set since I'm trying to finish the store bought ones.
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  6. Folly's place

    Folly's place Crossing the Road

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    I wash and refrigerate eggs every day, and it's fine. Eggs for hatching aren't washed, or refrigerated, but that's a separate issue.
    Eggs in the refrigerator are fresher way longer than eggs at room temperature!
    Wash them in warm running water, and refrigerate immediately. Really dirty eggs aren't worth it, I throw them out. Some dirt gets washed off, never left on the egg. Any cracked at all get pitched too.
  7. Andie32

    Andie32 In the Brooder

    Jun 27, 2019
    So I’ve been leaving mine out on the counter without washing. I wash them as needed. But if I do wash them I put them in the refrigerator
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  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I don't wash eggs unless they are very dirty, then will refrigerate or use immediately because thorough washing will remove all the protective bloom(cuticle).

    Eggs should be washed in 'water warmer than the egg'.
    Simple physics, using colder water will cause the egg contents to contract, causing any 'germs' on exterior surface of egg shell to be pulled into the interior of egg thru the shell pores. Using warmer water will do the opposite.

    I don't use any soap or other cleaning/sanitizing agent, just rotate in my hands to 'scrub' all surfaces area of egg shell. Then I air and towel dry before placing in the fridge.

    If you are washing eggs for sale to the general public, other requirements may apply, so check your state regulations.

    When in doubt....
    Open eggs one at a time in a separate dish before adding to pan or recipe,
    use your eyes, nose, and common sense to decide if egg is OK to eat.

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  9. igorsMistress

    igorsMistress Crossing the Road Barefoot

    Apr 9, 2013
    Phoenix AZ
    My Coop
    I've stored eggs for a couple of months in baskets on the counter. Give em a quick scrub in warm running water right before using. I serve them with runny yolks frequently.
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  10. Folly's place

    Folly's place Crossing the Road

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    The refrigerator is my friend! 'Tradition' is nice, but fresher is better...

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