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Washing eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Saroco, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. Saroco

    Saroco Songster

    I forgot wether to use cold or hot water to wash the eggs with. Could someone remind me? [​IMG]

  2. KandiandJerry

    KandiandJerry Songster

    I wash mine with a little better than warm so that it kills all bacteria........
  3. cravenchx

    cravenchx Songster

    Aug 7, 2011
    Piedmont of NC
    I don't wash until ready to use, however
    today with all the rain, the eggs were a little
    more dirty than usual. Will wash tomorrow, then
  4. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Songster

    Nov 14, 2009
    Kingman Arizona
    It doesn't make any difference, really. I don't ever wash them unless they are really nasty.
  5. I don't usually wash until right before use. This week we've had a bunch of rain, right after I cleaned my coop and before I could build up the bedding, so my eggs have been a little dirty. I've been bringing them in, soaking 2-3 minutes in a mild soap bath and rinsing with cool water.
  6. spacecowgirl

    spacecowgirl Songster

    Jul 30, 2011
    I only wash my eggs if they have yucky stuff on them, and then it's just a short rinse under cold water to rub it off.

    Otherwise, I never wash my eggs at all...just crack 'em right into the pan.[​IMG]

  7. zzGypsy

    zzGypsy Songster

    Aug 8, 2011
    with the not-washing crew - unless they're really nasty.
    the theory is that you want to use water cooler than the eggs because it keep the pores in the shell closed. warmer water opens the pores in the shell. if you're doing a very quick wash and dry, I don't know how much difference it would make.

    washing, of course, removes the bloom, which helps keep the pores closed and keeps eggs from drying out. if you're worried about that part, you can rub a light coat of cooking oil or olive oil over the eggs after you wash them. that should help reduce the rate at which they dry out.
  8. GardenGranny

    GardenGranny In the Brooder

    Aug 24, 2009
    Augusta, GA
    Read this link provided by the OP, it explains why you want to use water that is warmer than the egg, to keep anything from being brought into the egg.

  9. gale65

    gale65 Songster

    I don't wash them. I just wipe off any smears (hopefully mud, might be poo) with a paper towel that has been wet with hot water. I wipe them just before I put them in the fridge, which is after I get enough to make a dozen.

    eta: since the majority of our eggs goes to someone else, I do put a label on them that says this:

    These eggs are not washed. If you choose to wash them, it’s best to do so right before using them. Be sure to use water that is at least 10° warmer than the eggs.
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2011

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