Thought I would share this with you. A friend of my sister did this experiment and this is the email she sent my sister. True story. I do know the woman and she is very matter of fact about things. It is an interesting experiment. Way back when we had first started selling mom's fresh organic farm eggs, many of you asked me just how long do eggs stay fresh? Well, I decided to find out and wanted to give you an update on my experiment. Back in July 2010, I started with a dozen of mom's fresh farm eggs that were NOT washed off. If they had any dust or dirt on the shell, I just brushed it off with a dry paper towel. I put them in a regular egg carton and stored them in the fridge. I wrote on the carton "do not eat! do not sell! do not touch!" so that I did not accidentally give away my experiment eggs. I took one egg out every few months to crack it open and compare it to an egg that was only 1 day old. They were completely fine every time and I could not tell any difference at all. The older one had no smell (neither good or bad, since eggs should not have any odor), it had the same color, same thickness, same taste as the one day old egg. I checked at 2 months, 4 months, 6mo, 8mo, 10mo, 12 mo and 14 months. Each time, I could not tell any difference at all. I forgot to check at the 16 month mark. ooops. However, at 18 months, the egg still had no smell (neither good or bad), but the inside yolk had shrunk in size. After a year and a half, it had finally started to dehydrate and lose it's water by evaporation through the pores in the egg shell. I guess the natural wax that had been protecting it all this time had finally given up. The egg white and egg yolk shrunk to the size of a gum ball and was firm like jello. I added water and scrambled it up. It tasted fine. So, even though it was smaller, it still smelled and tasted fine. In summary, if you have fresh farm eggs, do not wash off the natural protective waxy coating. They will stay fresh in your fridge for AT LEAST 14 months.