oil on eggs??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Anny, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. Anny

    Anny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    I've heard some one saying they put oil on their eggs to make them last longer? Does anyone on here do that? What kind of oil do you use?
    How long do eggs stay good with that oil?
    Thanks.
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    If you have to wash a dirty egg putting oil on it is suppose to replace the bloom. I've heard coconut and olive oil mentioned.
    I don't wash my eggs unless I get one that is really dirty. If I have to, I just put it in line to be used first without coating it with oil.
     
  3. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't put oil on the eggs but here's what the "Egg Board" says about oil: "OILING A thin film of odorless, tasteless mineral oil sprayed on eggs before cartoning. The oil replaces the natural bloom, the protective coating on the outside of the egg, which is removed during washing."

    I gotta tell you that I wash the eggs with hot water and use one of those home-made hand soaps that I got from a lady at the farmers' market. I have no idea if this is the "right" thing to do. However, my plans are ALWAYS not to have an egg in the fridge that is older than a week. Fresh eggs are one of the pleasures of keeping laying hens [​IMG].

    That hand soap is made with soy oil and bee's wax. The maker is the honey vendor. There are flower blossoms in some of the bars. My hands are left a little oily/waxy after washing.

    I believe that one of the concerns about what is used in washing eggs is the fragrance. This soap smells like soy oil and bee's wax, even the ones with flowers.

    Steve
     
  4. dancingbear

    dancingbear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    digitS' :

    .....I gotta tell you that I wash the eggs with hot water and use one of those home-made hand soaps that I got from a lady at the farmers' market.....

    ....That hand soap is made with soy oil and bee's wax. The maker is the honey vendor. There are flower blossoms in some of the bars. My hands are left a little oily/waxy after washing.
    Steve

    What a great idea. Eggs get clean, and get a coating to replace the bloom without an extra step.

    I wash my eggs, I don't care what anybody says, I want them clean. They keep just fine, though when I used to oil them they did keep longer. I don't anymore, it's just too time consuming.​
     
  5. Anny

    Anny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    I wash my eggs when they are dirty but I normally just wipe them down with a wet cloth to get any poop or dirt off of them, since I sell all my eggs I was just wondering if I should be oiling the before I sell them. Since i don't eat any of the eggs myself.
     
  6. dancingbear

    dancingbear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Annie, if you wipe the eggs with a wet cloth, you're removing the bloom just as much as if you just washed them. Only they won't be quite as clean as they would be if you washed them.

    Don't oil them unless you wash them well first. Otherwise you'll be sealing bacteria into the shell with the oil.

    I like digitS' idea with the homemade soap.
     

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