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Old 12-02-2012, 10:04 AM   #11
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Default Number of weeks;

There was a recent article on the web about the length of time one can store eggs to eat. The use by date on the carton is a few weeks off. Also the packing date is not the same as the date the egg was laid.

We store ours in the bottom of the fridge. They don't last very long there because we give them to family and friends. Sometimes ten dozen at a time may be found in our fridge. We have 25 hens and usually have better than ten eggs a day gathered.

We only wash the egg if it's soiled some how. We almost always have to
wash our duck eggs. Otherwise our hens are pretty good about keeping their nests pretty clean and neat. We have some milk crates with cardboard in the bottoms as well as straw for boxes and wooden boxes in the barn.

I have an old egg crate that belonged to my grandparents, that holds several dozen eggs. I recall they kept the crate in the cellar, with milk
cans as well, until it was full. They sold the eggs to a local grocery store. I recall the man at the store "candling" the eggs when they were delivered.
The cellar has fallen into disrepair over the years.

They sold the eggs to the grocery stores and a truck would come around once or twice a week and pick up the full "milk cans" and leave empties to be filled. They had a milk seperator to seperate the cream from the milk. The cream was put into a smaller can or made into butter. The grocery store would buy and butcher livestock, chickens included, for sale in their store. This was in the mid to late 50's.



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Old 12-02-2012, 10:18 AM   #12
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Cool Cellar

I did a little research on egg storage a few years ago. It kinda boiled down to about 6 weeks on the counter, 6 months in the fridge.

Sounds Yucky, I know. I can't imagine eating the 6 month old egg.

I'm one of those that eats todays or yesterdays eggs and give away the rest. they never sit around here longer than a couple weeks.

Here's an interesting article about storing eggs.

http://www.motherearthnews.com/Sustainable-Farming/1977-11-01/Fresh-Eggs.aspx

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Old 12-03-2012, 08:37 AM   #13
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I did say it was in disrepair. The current owners were kind enough to let me take pictures a while back. I was researching root-cellars. It was very serviceable and in use when I was a youth. Here is the one where I grew up and at the home my mother still lives in. And, another where my sister lives. We do not store anything in my mothers, but my sister uses her's for gardening tools and supplies.
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Old 02-20-2013, 05:04 PM   #14
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Question Egg storage

Does anyone know if by boiling the eggs if it prolongs the shelf life ?

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No, once they are boiled, you would only want to keep them a few days.

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In many countries you never refrigerate eggs. We don't at home, but US laws require we refrigerate the ones we sell.

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If in doubt you can always do a float test. The older the egg the more it will tip but is usually OK. If it starts to float... pitch it.
Another thing to keep in mind, fertile eggs if left at room temp. are still hatchable after about 2 weeks. (No, they don't develop on the counter.... unless it's really hot! LOL



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