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Has anyone noticed that store-bought eggs smell bad when boiling?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ChickensAreSweet, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Has anyone had this happen to them?

    My boiled eggs from MY chickens don't stink up the house like boiling store-bought eggs. I cannot believe how bad boiling eggs used to make our house smell. And I have had it happen over and over for YEARS!

    Now that we have our hens laying, I am amazed at how the house still smells "normal" when they are boiling.

    (The last time we had chickens, I used to buy store-bought eggs for boiling because I didn't know how to wash the eggs.)

  2. joedie

    joedie Songster

    Mar 17, 2009
    SW Indiana
    I don't know, I haven't eaten or cooked a store bought egg in a long time. [​IMG]
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    [​IMG] I'll be like that soon....*gazing off into the distance*
    [​IMG] I can't wait!!!
  5. Lostbody

    Lostbody In the Brooder

    Sep 21, 2010
    Oakland, CA
    Have you tried steaming your eggs instead of boiling them?

    I started doing that before I got chickens (i.e. when I still had to buy them fron the store), and haven't had a stinky, green yolk since. Now that I have home-grown eggs, I hard-cook them with steam because it's much gentler, and the whites are less likely to get rubbery.
  6. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:No, I haven't tried that. About how long do you steam them for? Same as boiling? My hubby has been complaining of rubbery egg whites.
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2010
  7. Tracyfeltsmills

    Tracyfeltsmills In the Brooder

    Apr 17, 2010
    you know i had'nt thought about it but your right, always dirty sock smell. and i boiled some yesterday and house smelled as it should. another plus for sure!

  8. BitsyB

    BitsyB Chirping

    Aug 30, 2010
    Northern Delaware
    I so agree w/ tracyfeltsmills- Come to think of it- the house DID smell, and the refrigerator too, when hard boiling store bought eggs. But now with my lovely girls' fresh eggs, we don't smell anything.

    But the one thing I DID notice is that it was more difficult to peel the homegrown fresh eggs. But I heard of a method that does work: Take your cold eggs from the fridge, place them right into boiling water (I use a slotted spoon to lower them in), bring them back to a boil and then right away turn off the heat, cover the pan and let sit for 18 minutes. (I set a timer and keep it with me, otherwise I get totally distracted and remember an hour later something's on the stove.) Then put the eggs directly into ice cold water and put the whole bowl of them into the fridge to continue cooling. I make ice "lumps" ahead of time to have on hand to cool the water. In a cottage cheese/yogurt type container freeze water so you have it ready whenever the mood strikes to make hard boiled eggs.

    I never regret having those handy high protein snacks on hand! [​IMG]
  9. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:Also if you age the eggs around 3 weeks in the fridge you should have better peeling results (age them before boiling). Thanks for the tips.

    Thank you for your responses, Tracyfeltsmills and BitsyB! Now I know it wasn't just me!! That's pretty scary- what is that horrible smell from then? Ugh!
  10. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    I haven't had store bought eggs in many years now....wouldn't know how they smelled while boiling any longer.

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