washing eggs???

chick_newbie

Songster
11 Years
Jun 15, 2008
276
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South Dakota
Really a dumb question, BUT just what do you use to wash the eggs? Lately some of the eggs have been dirty and not sure what to use on them?
 

illinichick

Songster
11 Years
Mar 31, 2008
311
2
139
SE Il
just wash them before you use them. I guess it really depends on how dirty they are. Are they crusted in poo or dirt? just brush it off, dont wash and let the dirt/poo soak into the permeable shell and then leave it in the carton for later, to breed bacteria.
 

my first peepers

Songster
11 Years
Jul 9, 2008
244
2
119
South Western VT
Unless they are really soiled I wouldn't wash them until you are ready to use them. Then you can use dish soap and warm water. Washing removes the protective outter coating that helps keep them fresh!
 

chick_newbie

Songster
11 Years
Jun 15, 2008
276
1
131
South Dakota
Thanks so much. I was just thinking the same but didn't quite know what I could use to was them for sure. Or if I should wash them before storing them, but now I know.
 

Adri

In the Brooder
11 Years
Apr 29, 2008
91
1
39
I usually just give the dirty ones a rinse in warm water (I was told that cold water could draw bacteria into the shell). But apparently dry cleaning it is better. From what I have read, there are a few different methods for washing, and once I get to the point of selling our eggs, I'm going to have to practice one of them.

When our friend used to give us his eggs and they had poop on them, I used to wash them with a paper towel dipped in dish soap and water and pat them dry.

Here is a past thread about washing.
 

leasmom

Songster
11 Years
May 25, 2008
355
4
131
I wash mine and coat them with olive oil rubbing it in and then put them in a carton. The reason I do it is because I want to ensure they are clean and because of food borne illness and disease. I know there's alot of people that say they don't get sick but I am certified as a food manager and one thing you don't want coming in contact with any surfaces is feces. Whether it looks clean to the eye or not, it can still have bacteria that can get on to other things like your egg cartons, your utensils, your dishes, or hands without you realizing it and could make you sick. I coat it to mimick the natural coating and when I reach in to use it its already clean.
 

cmom

Hilltop Farm
12 Years
Nov 18, 2007
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Florida
My Coop
Quote:This is true. If you do wash them be sure to refridgerate them as they don't keep as long. If I don't wash mine, I keep them out for a couple of weeks before I refridgerate them, but they don't usually last that long. yum yum!!!
 

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