Eggs washed in cold water

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Dippydo, May 18, 2016.

  1. Dippydo

    Dippydo New Egg

    May 3, 2016
    Ok, just a question. My daughter needed two dozen eggs for school today to make crepes. We dont wash our eggs when we store them, just rinse them before we use them. Well we've had a lot of rain so we've had some muddy eggs lately. Before I sent them to school I rinsed them all, using a new sponge to get them clean, dried them and sent her on her way. I just realized that I used cold water to rinse them. They will be cooked all the way, but now im worried. Should they be ok since they will be cooked or should I just go by her two dozen and drop them off to her on my way to work? Ahhhh.....
  2. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 21, 2015
    No where Nebraska
    You are over thinking this. They will be just fine
  3. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2015
    SW Ohio

    I agree.
  4. Dippydo

    Dippydo New Egg

    May 3, 2016
    OK! phew!! Thanks so much!!!
  5. gocway

    gocway New Egg

    May 17, 2016
    They will be fine I wash all 30 of my eggs from my 32 Golden Buff hens every day before I put them in refrigerator. When I boil or make breakfast I use same eggs no more washing. Been doing same way for about 5 years now. No problem, oh my kids use these eggs to
  6. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 True BYC Addict

    Jun 23, 2013
    Hilo, HI
    I'm so confused! My girls started laying this past December, so excited no more store bought eggs. However I got 5 hens & two of us, only Hubby eats breakfast & I'm not much of a baker. So what to do with eggs?

    I've been storing (egg cartons) unwashed on the counter.
    Keeping 2 - 3 doz in the frig unwashed (been lucky no poopy eggs).
    Washing in cold water prior to using.

    I'm "reading" they shouldn't be washed in cold water.
    Eggs should be stored unwashed in the frig.

  7. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    I won't go into the details, but my research tells me the longest lasting eggs will be those stored unwashed in the refrigerator.

    When ready to use, wash in warm water.

    Hope this helps.
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  8. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Flock Master Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    If the eggs are to be used immediately after washing, I can't imagine it would make a difference if they were washed in hot, cold water. For storage, they sit unwashed in a basket on my counter until the basket gets full and I refrigerate them (still unwashed) in cartons or we eat or give them away. Excessively poopy or dirty eggs get the chunks brushed off, but not washed.
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  9. TalkALittle

    TalkALittle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2014
    Here's why. Eggshells are porous. If you wash in cold water the egg cools and the volume of the liquid egg decreases, reducing the pressure in the egg. Liquid moves from an area of higher pressure to one of lower pressure, so the wash water will pass through the porous eggshell, carrying bacteria with it. To avoid, wash in water that is just slightly warmer than the TEMPERATURE OF THE EGG. This means that if your eggs are coming out of the fridge, wash in cold water, just not colder than the cold egg.
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2017
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  10. gvwjbern

    gvwjbern Out Of The Brooder

    May 2, 2016
    Newbie here. Just go my first eggs this week. I heard eggs are not supposed to be washed, so I never did and just put them in the frig. I plan on washing them right before I cook them. Thanks for the all the info on this thread. Good to know I didn't screw up breakfast for the weekend.

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