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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by wda4him, Nov 8, 2011.
How long should you store eggs in the refrigerator? I know how to tell if an egg is bad.
There have been threads on this before. I cook anything that has hit the 30 day mark in the fridge. I won't keep eggs past that.
It makes a difference if you wash the cuticle (bloom) off the eggs, or if you put them in the fridge straight from the hen house. Washing them gives them a jumpstart on going bad. I wash chicken eggs after a day of rain, but otherwise don't have a need to.
There was a great article in Mother Earth News years back that comparitively tested washed and unwashed eggs and how well they store and the best methods to keep them fresher longer. I'll see if I can find the link....
Eggs keep for quite awhile. When you buy them in the store, they're already 3-4 weeks old.
Many people hatch the Trader Joe eggs and these need to be a week old or less for best results; so the grocery store eggs are about 1 week or more in age.
I too have a lot of extra eggs; when the number are totally out of control, I feed the dogs a few scrambled eggs.
For my own use, I don't mind eggs that are a month or more. I always thoroughly cook my eggs before eating. I read an article on eggs for hatching and it was very interesting: the number of ways eggs fight off bacteria, etc, via bloom, shell, and components in the albumen that attack bacteria,etc. Seems like an uncooked egg might last a while.
I trade my 'extra' eggs with a restaurant in town. They keep track and every once and a while my son and I enjoy a meal at the restaurant. They get organic green eggs and we get nights out.
My sister has eaten my unwashed eggs for up to 5 months & said they were fine. I don't usually have them longer than a month.
Truthfully, I've never had an egg spoil, and I don't pay attention to how old they are. If I think they're kind of old, I crack them in a bowl to see how they look before I use them.
Hey, make a souffle! They take ALOT of eggs and are delicious!
Or maybe you could just give the eggs away to a church or whatever.......For the less fortunate!
HAVE TO MANY EGGS ... ?
YOU COULD DO THIS
This is the link I was going to post...it is an interesting read/study.