Washing eggs...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Terry71, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. Terry71

    Terry71 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello there. I was wondering when you wash an egg. Do you do it as soon as you get it from the chicken, or when you are ready to eat them?

    Thanks,

    Terry
     
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    [​IMG] I don't wash mine at all unless there is poop on them. NOT washing them leaves the bloom on which keeps bacteria out. so NOT washing them is best.
     
  3. Schultz

    Schultz CluckN'Crow Farm

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    Same with us, I only wash them if they are muddy or poopy or if a buyer requests I wash them.
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I wash those I sell, my customers insist. I don't wash the ones we keep for ourselves until I'm ready to use them.
    To wash I use the hottest water I can stand to have my hands in and just give the egg a good rubbing between my hands while the water is running over it.
    I've grown to love the half sheet paper towels. If I have six eggs to wash, I pull off six half sheets and after washing dry each egg with its own sheet. Then refrigerate.
     
  5. whatthecluck

    whatthecluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought you weren't supposed to wash? I understood to just wipe them off? I just made 4 bamboo-terry cloth towels to use when we get eggs....4 of my pullets should be any day now! I was just planning on wiping them off and washing my cloths when I wash my cloth diapers (cold, then sanitize hot).
    ??????
     
  6. Tailfeathers

    Tailfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wash mine as soon as I bring them in the house.

    If you do a search on here for "wash" and perhaps even me as an "Author", you will find many other discussions on the same topic.

    God Bless,
     
  7. Terry71

    Terry71 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the replies. What does washing them do right away? Negative or positive?
     
  8. missourichickenmama

    missourichickenmama SURPRISE!

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    Every time. Mom and Dad make me do it, I would prefer to leave the bloom on, and wash only the ones that are dirty.
     
  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Washing removes the bloom, a coating if you will, that the hen applies to the egg when she lays it. The bloom seals the eggshell so dirt and germs can't get inside. With the bloom on eggs can last a very long time.
    As I already stated, I only wash my customer's eggs because they insist upon it. Ours I don't.
     
  10. packinaglock

    packinaglock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What do the comercial egg company's do?
     

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