If you get a poopy egg,

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chicken Frenzie, Dec 25, 2010.

  1. Chicken Frenzie

    Chicken Frenzie Chicken Whisperer

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    Should you clean it? With soap? When? Wash it with hot/ cold water? Thanks.
     
  2. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

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    i just use some warm water to clean them off!!! [​IMG]
     
  3. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Soap can go through the shell and make it taste soapy. Just rinse with cold water, not hot which also makes the shell more porous, and scrub with a plastic scrubby if necessary. Try to use them faster because you've now scrubbed off the waterproofing layer, so they'll dry out faster.
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:I disagree. Washing an egg in cold water causes the contents of the egg to shrink, pulling dirt and germs to the interior of the egg. You should wash eggs in water that is at least 20 degrees warmer than the egg itself. This causes the contents of the egg to expand, pushing dirt and germs out. Washing removes the bloom, which is nature's way of protecting the egg from bacteria entering through the pores in the egg.

    Edited to add this link: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/foodnut/09377.html
     
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  5. Hennypen

    Hennypen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've heard to use sand paper. ??
     
  6. BooBear

    BooBear Chicken Cuddler

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    Depends on how dirty the egg is. If it is a little bit then you can probably get away with the sand paper. If it is alot then you would want to clean it off. I read that the water should be atleast 10 degrees warmer then the egg when cleaning. There are some egg cleaning kits too that you can buy.

    I wouldn't eat a heavily soiled egg, cus that would just gross me out. That is just my personal feelings though.
     
  7. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I disagree. Washing an egg in cold water causes the contents of the egg to shrink, pulling dirt and germs to the interior of the egg. You should wash eggs in water that is at least 20 degrees warmer than the egg itself. This causes the contents of the egg to expand, pushing dirt and germs out. Washing removes the bloom, which is nature's way of protecting the egg from bacteria entering through the pores in the egg.

    Edited to add this link: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/foodnut/09377.html

    Sorry, I thought it was the other way around. I'm glad you knew better. I like the idea of putting a little bleach in the water and rinsing them in that. Thanks for catching it and thanks for the good link. Guess I better switch to hot water from now on if I need to wash an egg.
     
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  8. HorizonSon

    HorizonSon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dirty eggs that have been washed are great! Leave them in your refrigerator for a few days to a week. Then make hard/soft boiled eggs with them.
     
  9. RainbowBirds_of_a_Feather

    RainbowBirds_of_a_Feather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aloha,

    I just used warm water and a cloth. Then do as you please, boil (after a day or two), scramble, baking, breading you name it!
     
  10. Rozzie

    Rozzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just wash it & use it in something that is cooked or baked in the next couple of days. I don't use them for soft cooked eggs or raw egg nogs, though. (I know, I know...but I do, and will continue to do so.)
     

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