Rinsing eggs before refrigerating?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by icefolks, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. icefolks

    icefolks New Egg

    Oct 24, 2010
    A friend told me not to rinse my eggs off before I put them in the 'fridge. Said they will not last as long as there is a protective coating on the shells...Any truth to this? Lots of times there is dirt and droppings on the eggs and I don't want that in the fridge.
  2. mrcman

    mrcman Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 28, 2011
    NW Pa.
    We always wash our eggs before refridgerating them. Cold tap water and a small squirt of dish soap and a good rinsing.

    Last edited: Dec 29, 2011
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Washing the eggs is a choice. However, please, follow the Safe Egg-handling Guidelines and rinse in hot water. Here's a copy, from Florida University Ag Extension:

  4. Frost Homestead

    Frost Homestead eggmonger

    Jul 9, 2011
    Lago Vista, TX
    I don't ever wash my eggs before putting them in the fridge. It washes off the protective bloom, if they do need washing I do it right before I crack them open
  5. kgdubois

    kgdubois Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2011
    West Texas
    I only wash my eggs right before I cook them, and only if they are dirty. If I get an egg that has poop on it, I put it into the "Chicken Treats" tub to be fed to the hens. I figure this is safer than feeding something nasty to my family.


    This article from Mother Earth News explains a little about the bloom in the second & third paragraphs. Everything I've read about eggs says pretty much the same thing...I also do not refriderate my eggs unless they will not be used within one week of collection (I gather my eggs every day).

    Hope this helps!
  6. PressOn

    PressOn Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 21, 2011
    Woods Cross Utah
    I only wash the poop off. I want my family to enjoy eating eggs. They are so much better for them than most of the other crap they eat, and I do not want them to be grossed out by poop left on the eggs.

    I would only wash them right before use if eggs where sitting over three weeks. However they never last more than a week at my house because we only have four hens.

    Always Press On
  7. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 28, 2011
    I wash my eggs in plain water just before eating.
  8. abbylane35

    abbylane35 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 13, 2011
    Lodi, New York
    I have always washed my eggs off before putting them in the fridge...I've never had any problems. Of course they don't tend to stick around too long either....
  9. zzGypsy

    zzGypsy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2011
    I don't wash them, and I don't refrigerate them. the bloom helps keep them air tight and keeps them from aging or spoiling, and they don't need refrigeration to stay fresh. if they're particularly icky or have stuff on them I don't want dropping into the bowl when I crack them, or if I'm hardboiling and they're icky, I wash right before I crack them or boil them.

    I did the great egg experiment a few years ago, unwashed duck eggs will keep on the counter for 4 months or more and still be quite usable. (ok, you do lose a few to spoilage, but trust me, you won't use those by mistake!)

    note that once you refrigerate them, you have to keep them refrigerated... eggs that were refrigerated and then stored on the counter are likely to spoil.
  10. ponyup

    ponyup Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 26, 2011
    Aubrey TX
    I do not wash mine. If they are icky I feed them to my critters.

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