How are you supposed to clean eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by llandry, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. llandry

    llandry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there a "right" way to clean eggs? I've been washing them with soap and cool water and i just read that i should using a special soap and hot water. Is there a specific way?
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    I've been told to wash them with cold/lukewarm water, no soap and don't soak them in the water.
     
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I've always heard using cold/lukewarm water would cause bacteria to be pulled into the shell.....
    I've always been told to use hot water. Not hot enough to cook them, but hot, and just long enough to get the ick off. I don't wash my eggs until right before I use them.
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  4. Buckeye Jimmie

    Buckeye Jimmie New Egg

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    We have a store that sells egg wipes to clean eggs... I don't have eggs yet so I need to know the correct answer also... I am thinking of getting these wipes and try???
     
  5. RoostersCrow HensDeliver!

    RoostersCrow HensDeliver! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I set my eggs in a bucket with hot water to loosen dried on poo, then wash under a running stream hot water and a little bit of dawn on my scrubby sponge (that is only for egg washing).

    I have also read in quite a few places that you should only wash in warm water because cold water will cause the egg shell pores to contract, drawing bacteria into the egg. Warm water opens the pores, you will even see tiny air bubbles escaping from the shell when they are submerged.
     
  6. cinch920

    cinch920 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've heard that soap is a no no. Just rinse off with lukewarm water if necessary. Supposed to last longer if they are unwashed.
     
  7. brezlynsmom

    brezlynsmom Out Of The Brooder

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    I have been doing alot of research on this exact subject - i've come to the conclusion don't wash (takes bloom off of the egg) unless really dirty - then warm water. When ready to use the egg wash then.
     
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  8. llandry

    llandry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wouldn't hot water cause the egg to start to cook or bacteria to begin growing? Am i over thinking it?
     
  9. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers


    Yes, you are, just a little bit. :) A minute held under water not hot enough to burn your hand won't start anything to grow, especially if you are gently washing the shell. Which I ONLY do for really dirty eggs.


    Yup, that's it. Don't wash until ready to cook.

    For the folks creeped out by "dirty" eggs in the fridge near your sealed and covered food items, just store your eggs on the counter. They do NOT need to be refrigerated. Not even for two-week old eggs. (Or older... But THAT <I>*really*</I> bothers many people.). Not me.
     
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  10. RoostersCrow HensDeliver!

    RoostersCrow HensDeliver! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most people selling their eggs would be washing them. I personally would not sell my eggs without washing them first, just for the fact that I would loose most of my customers if I sold dirty eggs. Unfortunately I often get dirty eggs from my 50 girls tromping around outside before coming in to lay eggs. So yes, I wash every egg I sell. It is personal preference if you ask me. I wish I had foot bathes for them as them come and go from the coop ;)
     
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