You should wash eggs before use

Is it Better to Wash Eggs Before Cooling?

I raised chickens and handled many hundreds of eggs (my all-time high was over 200 in one day). I didn't like the idea of ​​unwashed eggs going in the refrigerator even though they looked pretty clean.

Washing eggs makes the shells a little more porous, so washed eggs don't stay fresh for as long. However, if you do wash them, it is important to wash them in warm to hot water so that the contents expand slightly as you wash. In this way, no wash water (or especially bacteria in the wash water) gets into the egg. Cold water would cause the contents to contract a little and penetrate the egg. A quick wash / rinse with clean water is fine.

There are other ways to clean an egg, but it's a lot more work imo.

Unless you plan on refrigerating the eggs, consider just leaving them and wiping off any dirt. It is important to keep the nest boxes clean and to manage the stall / flock well.

rob

Did you wash the eggs before using them?

anongoodnurse

@Rob - I washed them once after collecting them. That's all. If I knew I was going to use them that day, sometimes I wouldn't refrigerate them, so I wouldn't wash them at all.

rob

I ask because when they come straight out of the hutch and then you crack them to use, the dirt and everything else gets pushed into the contents or when it runs down the side of the bowl and into your pan.

anongoodnurse

@Rob - I suppose you will cook them right after that? This significantly reduces the risk. I like washing my balls, but I know that not everyone does and not everyone who doesn't get sick. The real risk (I believe) is from washing, storing, or using / handling them improperly.

anongoodnurse

@Rob - Please also note: when the eggs are on clean sawdust (which I used) they looked flawless. I would never bring a dirty egg into the house.