How to Clean and Sanitize Eggs

Discussion in 'Egg Quality & Storage' started by doug, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. doug

    doug New Member

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    I would like to start giving my eggs to friends and family but want to make sure I am cleaning them right before giving them away, how do you do it? Just clean with water and call a day?
     
  2. Beeorganic

    Beeorganic New Member

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  3. UncleJoe

    UncleJoe New Member

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    Agreed. We never wash our eggs. :)
     
  4. MnKHarden

    MnKHarden New Member

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    So just water is OK? I thought I heard something about the temperature, is it supposed to be hot, cold or warm? I bought some of the egg wipes the other day but I haven't tried them yet.
     
  5. ThreeJ

    ThreeJ New Member

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    I don,t wash my eggs till I am ready to use them. Then I use just enough water to get rid of any dirt, I dont plan on eating the shell. If any thing I can,t see falls in....it is going to get cooked anyway.
     
  6. cindy

    cindy New Member

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    as long as there's no visible dirt/poop I leave the bloom intact because it protects the inside of the egg from bacteria.
    if the egg does have dirt/poop I lightly rinse them in warm water dry and put in the fridge sometimes rubbing hard does
    more harm then good because you can actually rub bacteria into the egg through the pores in the shell.
     
  7. hollyosborn

    hollyosborn HollyOsborn

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    I dont wash mine either, unless they are nasty gross... which usually they are pretty and clean... good chickens... I had a lady traveling through stop at market one day and she just couldnt understand why i didnt wash my eggs, wanted to know if i used steel wool on them.. i said no.. i dont use anything, i grab them from the nest and stick them in the carton... lol.. she didnt buy any eggs. LOL
     
  8. cindy

    cindy New Member

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    "she didnt buy any eggs" go's to show some people are real nincompoops!;) you should have told her
    to reseach battery hens! if that doesn't turn your stomach nothing will...our home raised girls are
    well taken care of and spoiled and no other eggs can compare!!!! she missed out!
     
  9. dbbd1

    dbbd1 New Member

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    I agree with the info above but in reference to your question; the water should be not more than 20* cooler than the inside temp of your egg. If it is too cool, it will cause any bacteria on the outside of the egg to be drawn into the egg itself (through the porous eggshell)

    P.S. I think the wipes are at best a convenience and worst a gimmick
     
  10. MnKHarden

    MnKHarden New Member

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    Thanks everyone. Here's another one. I did rinse an egg and it then felt a bit sticky. Is that normal?
     
  11. cindy

    cindy New Member

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    thats the bloom "the eggs own natural bacteria inhibitor" sometimes when I collect my eggs some will still be wet with the bloom and it is sticky.
     
  12. MnKHarden

    MnKHarden New Member

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    I agree, especially when you just get 2 eggs a day. Was a waste of money. I may save them for when everyone starts to lay. Or if one is really dirty but so far they are pretty & clean ;)
     
  13. Elkie1

    Elkie1 Rookie Chicken Wrangler

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    If you do end up washing one and aren't using it right away, put a light coat of vege oil on the shell. I've heard it helps keep the egg fresh since the bloom was wash off. I don't have eggs yet, my girls are only 8 weeks old, but that's what my grandma used to do.