Stupid Question - Do you need to do anything to eggs before cooking?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Bubba1, May 11, 2008.

  1. Bubba1

    Bubba1 In the Brooder

    May 11, 2008
    I didnt even order my chicks yet, but am looking ahead. I assume you make sure they are clean, and then just eat. But I am a rookie, so want to be sure. Is there anything else necessary? Is there any other difference between backyard chicken eggs and store eggs (besides the obvious) that I need to do before I eat?
  2. Justino

    Justino ♪♫ Rockin' Rooster ♪♫

    Dec 21, 2007
    nope [​IMG]
  3. Bubba1

    Bubba1 In the Brooder

    May 11, 2008
    Thanks!! That is as real time of a response as possible!
  4. OHChick

    OHChick Songster

    May 8, 2007
    i mainly just wash the poo off. but i'm sure you'd have figured that one out on your own. [​IMG]
  5. Josie

    Josie Songster

    Jan 3, 2008
    Hi and welcome.
    There is nothing different you have to do to homegrown eggs, unless you want easy peel hard boiled eggs. Fresh eggs haven't evaporated like older eggs, and this makes them harder to peel once hard boiled. There are a bunch of tricks to compensate for this, but the most consistently successful seems to be to age the eggs in your fridge.
  6. BaronRenfrew

    BaronRenfrew Songster

    You might also want to candle fresh eggs as there may be something undesirable in the egg on occasion. This can include a blood spot. I break them into a bowl before they hit the frying pan.

    You should also store them egg cell up as they last longer that way.
  7. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

    Dec 25, 2007
    Chaparral, New Mexico
    Personally,,,, before I cook them,,,, I beat the heck out of them, add some fresh Basil, Cilantro, and Spinach to the,,,, grate a little cheese,,,,, thennnnn I cook them!
  8. chickenwoods

    chickenwoods Songster

    Apr 29, 2007
    Yes!, If they are factory eggs, deposit directly into trash, get rid of the middleman.[​IMG]
  9. chickenannie

    chickenannie Songster

    Nov 19, 2007
    If the eggs are clean in the nest, don't wash them, just put them in your egg carton and use as you would any egg from the store. They last a lot longer (2 months plus in the fridge) because the "bloom" on the outside is not washed off. If there is any poop or dirt on the outside, I wash it off gently with a wet cloth (some people suggest sandpaper) just in that spot, again to preserve the natural bloom on the outside of the shell. If it's very dirty, you can wash them under water.

    My grandparents raised hens for 50 years. They had too many to attend each one by hand, so they collected the eggs and dipped a large wire basket full of eggs 3 times into a small spring, swirled the basket for a certain number of seconds (10 I think) and by the third time, wa-laa, they were clean and ready to sell to customers. She had never heard of the "bloom" I described above.

    Storebought eggs are sometimes dipped in a "chemical wash" that a lot of organic folks view as potentially harmful to the person who eats them. Your eggs will be sooo much better. Congratulations.
  10. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    Keep a clean coop and nest and the dirty poo wont be too big an issue.

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