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Farm fresh eggs; wash or not?

Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 9,384

Do you recommend washing farm fresh eggs? Do wash then store, wash before using, or just use them?

What about sanitizing them in vinegar/water solution?

If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

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  • BattlebornBattleborn Posts: 1,005

    Let me start off by saying, I'm kinda stupid. But what would the need be? Do you eat the shell? Like I said, I'm not that smart. Something I'm overlooking in my post rum and coke stupor.

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 30,673

    You decide.

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  • NorthPilot06NorthPilot06 Posts: 758

    Haha. I was thinking I was firmly in the wash camp. Then you go and post that.

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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 14,265

    No. Washing the coating off increases the risk of bacterial contamination. I suppose you could wash immediately before use, I don't.

  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 30,673

    If you put them in the refrigerator it is ok to wash them. If you don't, don't wash them. They are naturally covered with antimicrobial gluck (a derivative from cluck).


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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 30,673

    Eggs you buy from the store are washed and they last for eons in the fridge.

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  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 6,105

    From what I've read over the years it seems the US is the only place that routinely washes the eggs sold in the grocery. Eggs with the natural coating have a longer shelf life and taste better at the end of their shelf life than those that are washed.

    Realistically tho, how long are you going to just have eggs sitting around before being eaten? We go through about a dozen eggs a week so it doesn't matter to me if they are washed/unwashed as they'll be eaten before there would be any long term discernible difference anyway.

    That said, if I got some farm fresh unwashed eggs I wouldn't bother washing them just because I'm lazy that way.

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  • EoinEoin Posts: 2,440

    I wash our eggs because I don't want hen poo in the pan when I break them.

  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 30,673
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  • alaskanassasinalaskanassasin Posts: 1,662

    We wash out eggs before refrigeration like Nola said. And as Eoin mentioned, not every egg is laid squeaky clean.

    South of Columbus, Ohio.
  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 17,458

    Egg shells are semipermeable so the naughty stuff doesn't enter into the egg itself. That said I don't wash farm to table eggs (I know the source).

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  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 19,152

    Just wash your hands. We don’t wash eggs.

    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 24,620

    have never washed an egg and have pickled eggs that were in the fridge over 6 months. now how long my friend had them before dumping off about 12 dozen eggs, thats up in the air

  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 12,813

    If Eva a picture should post sideways.....

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  • SandyHookEggerSandyHookEgger Posts: 312

    Why is my biggest concern avoiding the person that took the video?

    To stay on topic never washed an egg and am still here. And I’m old enough to have seen a clothes line full of chickens tied by their feet with the grim reaper cutting heads off. Hell of a sight chickens flapping and blood spraying and mothers fussing at kids to get away.

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  • PhaqallyallPhaqallyall Posts: 29

    Some of you clods prolly wash bananas and oranges too.

  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 30,673

    I wouldn't lose any sleep over your concern. I just wash clods.

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  • Surveyor_EggSurveyor_Egg Posts: 46

    and now I can rest easy from actually seeing a video of a chicken popping loose an egg.  This website has some range.  (Pun very much intended).

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  • shtgunal3shtgunal3 Posts: 4,112

    I’m in the wash camp

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  • EoinEoin Posts: 2,440

    How do you avoid eggs falling into poo? We have a large house with roosts and 3 nest boxes. Unfortunately, some of the hens like to sleep in the nest boxes, which means hen poo in the nest boxes, which means hen poo on the eggs. Handling hen poo doesn't bother me, but I prefer not to eat it, so I wash the ones that are dirty. Just cold water, no detergent of any sort, rub the dirty areas with my fingers to clean. Our eggs live out on the counter, and are rarely over a week old when eaten.

  • kl8tonkl8ton Posts: 2,445

    @Eoin

    We had nesting boxes with flip up perches in front of them. When hens were done laying, the perches got flipped up so they could not sleep in there.

    Collect eggs, clean boxes if needed, add fodder/straw, flip up perch so they can't get back in. In the morning when we opened the doors for them to free range, we would flip the perches back down.

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  • sheetmetalpetesheetmetalpete Posts: 220

    I used to wash them right before I sold them. I stopped doing that unless they are really bad. I figure this way my customers have evidence of them being farm raised. :) I don't wash them for my own consumption.

    Glencoe, Minnesota
  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 12,813

    While we are on the subject........regarding farm fresh eggs. They are outstanding in cakes, eggs to order...etc. what they are not good for is boiling. I can’t tell you why, but pasteurized whole eggs are the way to go for deviled or boiled eggs. They pull away from the shell. Fresh does not.

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  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 19,152

    Fresh eggs are not meant for boiling and peeling.

    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • jtcBoyntonjtcBoynton Posts: 2,379

    Try steaming rather than boiling - works much better for peeling. Older eggs also peel better (maybe the pasteurized eggs are older than fresh from the farm or maybe the pasteurization processing may help breakdown the membrane).

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  • littlerascal56littlerascal56 Posts: 805

    If we want to boil and peel (Easter eggs for grandkids), we use store bought and let set at least a week in fridge. Then boil. They peel easy under cold water.

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  • EoinEoin Posts: 2,440

    To peel fresh eggs, use a cheap (thin metal) teaspoon to run around under the shell and seperate the egg from the membrane.

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