Please tell me your method of collecting/storing/washing/dating eggs

dawnjoennikki98

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Oct 5, 2010
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I'd love to hear how everyone one handles their duck eggs, since mine just started laying a week ago! Thanks!
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Dawn
 

dawnjoennikki98

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Oct 5, 2010
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LOL, sorry, that would help wouldn't it! Cooking, baking, not hatching. We made a cake so far with 3 eggs, and it was delicious. I just need a good method of knowing when the eggs are from etc.. I'm a very disorganized person! :p
Thanks!
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pirtykitty

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Dec 8, 2008
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I wash mine off if dirty with a little cool to warm water and pat dry and put in fridge.. Now if hubby gets a hold of them he scrubs the living daylights out of them (Grrrrrr) .. I have told him that he is scrubing the protection off them.. he says he can't stand the way they feel and doesn't want to eat dirty eggs.
I also date them with month date and year ( 2/28/11) in pencil.. Save the egg shell up in zip lock bags after rinsing the eggs shell out and place in ziplock bag in freezer, when full I toast them in oven and crush and feed back to ducks.. this helps on stretching my oyser shell.
 
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dandelionheart

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9 Years
Sep 15, 2010
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I keep mine in paper egg cartons in the fridge. I put them in right (oldest) to left (freshest). When I start a new carton I put the date on it and then when I fill it I put the end date (like 2/28-3/1). Once finished with a carton I move it to the other side of the fridge with the other empties. When I go to give them to neighbors/friends/family I put them in better cartons that don't have dates that are marked out, etc. on them (usually the pretty clear cartons from Egglands or Meijer). People like to give me cartons.
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Even my MIL who doesn't want our eggs.
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The paper egg cartons are easiest to write on.
 

dawnjoennikki98

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Oct 5, 2010
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Thank you both, that helps me so much.
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LOVE the crushed shells for feeding back to them. Do they have to be toasted or is it just easier to crush them then? thanks!
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The Duck ABC's

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I wash all my eating eggs, because I do not like to contaminate my fridge with waste material on them. The fridges here in the US air circulate to cool and you will get all the bacteria nicely distributed if you don't wash them. That includes air pipes, parts of the compressor and the walls! I fill a small bowl with the eggs and add hot tap water and antibacterial dish washing liquid. I use a scrub pad to wash them, rinse and dry on a paper towel. Then I mark with a pencil the date and off they go into the fridge.
 

suzettex5

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May 26, 2009
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You dont HAVE to bake them- you can just let them dry out themselves and then crush them, or even zap them in the microwave for a minute to dry them out. They crush easier and into finer pieces when they are dry. I just let them sit a day or 2, then crush them with a potatoe masher in a deep bowl and feed back to the flock.
 

cackydoodledoo

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Jan 7, 2011
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The Duck ABC's :

I wash all my eating eggs, because I do not like to contaminate my fridge with waste material on them. The fridges here in the US air circulate to cool and you will get all the bacteria nicely distributed if you don't wash them. That includes air pipes, parts of the compressor and the walls! I fill a small bowl with the eggs and add hot tap water and antibacterial dish washing liquid. I use a scrub pad to wash them, rinse and dry on a paper towel. Then I mark with a pencil the date and off they go into the fridge.

Eggs are porous and the soap will soak into your eggs. Just saying. I just wash mine off real good with warm water and scrub if necessary.​
 

Sunny Side Up

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Ummm, duck eggs!!!
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Right now I'm collecting about a dozen a day from my Khakis, Pekins, & Runners. I keep them in the cardboard flats that hold 30 eggs, store them unwashed at room temperature until I'm ready to use them, give them away, or sell them. I write the day of the month on top of each egg in pencil when I collect them & place them in the trays. If any egg has a really big mess on it I'll wipe it off right then with a paper towel. Otherwise I wait until they're ready for use, then I wash them in warm water and scrub them with a plastic scrubby pad. They stay nice at room temperature for 2 weeks or more. When I get too many stacking up getting older than that I'll make a huge bale of French Toast or something that uses lots & lots of eggs.

I would not put them in the refrigerator unwashed. I keep the pad I use for washing the eggs separate and only use it for that purpose. It gets a good airing in-between uses.

It's a good practice with any eggs, especially home-grown ones, to crack each one separately in a little dish before adding it to the pan or mixing bowl. Especially with duck eggs, I find that there are often bits of eggshell that want to fall in. And if there ever is something in the egg you don't want to eat you can either fish it out of the little dish or discard the whole egg.

We love our duck eggs for baking, also for pancake & waffle batters, for French Toast & quiche. They're so rich you don't even need to add milk or cream to those last two dishes.
 

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