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Egg lore -- Fact or Myth 
Jan. 13, 2012 8:04 am 
Updated: Jan. 16, 2012 6:57 am
Recently I read two things about eggs.  I don't know if they are true or not.  I know many of you have your own hens and coops so I consider you experts.  Fact or Myth:  Eggs last longer if they go unwashed, washing them removes some protective barrier.  I always remove my eggs from the styrofoam carton, wash them and put them in the clean bin in the refrig. (not on the door).  True or Myth? 
Second :  You should never put eggshells down your disposal.  Supposed to be bad for it.  Fact or Myth.? 

If you would like to venture a guess, or if you know for a fact, I would like to hear it. 
Jan. 13, 2012 8:38 am
I would defer to washing the eggs. Why keep something around that has salmonella coursing around it? If shortenining their shelf life is a result, then so be it! I have not heard of egg shells being bad for a disposal so no comment for that.
Jan. 13, 2012 8:50 am
Not sure about the protective barrier part, but I've never heard of washing eggs. I'm curious, what's your reason for doing so?
Jan. 13, 2012 9:39 am
This Is From The USDA: Washing Eggs Do not wash eggs before storing them. Washing is a routine part of commercial egg processing and the eggs do not need to be washed again. Federal regulations outline procedures and cleansers that may be used. "Bloom," the natural coating on just-laid eggs that helps prevent bacteria from permeating the shell, is removed by the washing process and is replaced by a light coating of edible mineral oil which restores protection. Extra handling of the eggs, such as washing, could increase the risk of cross-contamination, especially if the shell becomes cracked.
Jan. 13, 2012 9:43 am
I believe store bought are washed and sanitized and therefore any protective barrier is probably removed. I wash them simply because regardless of how they left the packing plant, you never know who/what has touched them in the store.I do think there is a natural protective coating from the hen on farm fresh eggs but you would still wash before eating. Check petey's blog, I think she mentioned something recently.
Jan. 13, 2012 9:44 am
When I Was a kid, My uncle harry (He passed on now) had a farm, and I went to the hen house every morning to collect the eggs for breakfast. we never washed the eggs. they also were only laid 24 hours or less.
Jan. 13, 2012 9:45 am
I should say I wash before cracking not before storing and I store in the package.
Jan. 13, 2012 9:51 am
But no matter who/what may have touched them in store, you're not eating the shell so why would it matter?
Jan. 13, 2012 10:04 am
Any cooties on the shell can get on the egg when you crack it. Maybe it's just me but I've seen way to many things go on in the grocery store to not think it's good practice. To each his own though.
Jan. 13, 2012 10:05 am
Alex - It could be argued that when you go to crack an egg that the egg white and yoke could touch the outside of the egg and then contaminate the egg white or Yoke. ever get egg shells in your eggs when you crack them? for most healthy people I don't really believe this to be an issue.
Jan. 13, 2012 10:10 am
by the way sue and I went to IGA the other day and we were going to buy eggs, we always open the carton and make sure none are cracked. they were so dirty I don't think they were washed. we never bought any eggs there, and went to foodlion and got our eggs. It may because of the producer, and I don't think all producers Pasteurize there eggs.
Jan. 13, 2012 10:41 am
Never washed an egg in my life but just spoke with my sister who had hens at one point and she says all eggs are washed before they leave the henery (SP?), eh, henhouse? When they collected them for personal use, they'd wash them with water and put them in the fridge. She always said eggs last a lot longer than the expiry date on the boxes! I LOVE EGGS and eat them almost every day!
Jan. 13, 2012 11:09 am
I've never washed an egg in my life. I just spoke with my sister who had hens at one point and she says the ones you buy at the supermarket are all washed before leaving the henery (SP?) When collecting eggs for personal use she would wash them with water and put in the fridge. As for pasteurizing eggs, not many producers do this but here is how to do it yourself: I LOVE eggs and eat them almost every day!
Jan. 13, 2012 11:10 am
Sorry, thought the first post didn't work!
Jan. 13, 2012 11:18 am
I'm not sure about washing eggs (I never wash store-bought eggs, but I do wash eggs from my friend's chickens and ducks...before using them, not before storing them). I do know it's not good to put eggshells down your garbage disposer...personal experience speaking here. I ruined my grandmother's garbage disposer that way :(
Jan. 13, 2012 12:14 pm
hey sweetie save the shells and use for compost. very good stuff. no, i only rinse the eggs if i'm going to boil them, otherwise crack 'em and cook 'em.
Jan. 13, 2012 12:17 pm
oh, btw...i save the water they were boiled in. once cooled, i water the indoor plants with it. the plants get happy! i still don't know why i even bother to rinse them vbefore did it i guess, i'm infected.
Jan. 13, 2012 1:04 pm
I've been cooking and baking, both personally and professionally, for more than 20 years and this is the first time I've ever heard of washing an egg! Like King Sparta said, I think it's a non-issue for healthy people, but if it makes you feel better...
Jan. 13, 2012 1:19 pm
I buy my eggs from the Farmers Market and I was told by the lady who keeps the chickens that I should not wash them until just before I will use them. Hers have been cleaned by wiping the gunk off, but not completely washed. This allows them to be safely kept unrefrigerated. I just plop them in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes before I use them, which also brings them to room temperature.
Jan. 13, 2012 3:45 pm
Does anyone know, if when cooking hard boiled eggs, the secret to getting them to peel easily??
Jan. 13, 2012 4:07 pm
wabes buy a eggs at least a week in advance of when you want to use 'e. the older the better @ 2 kidding.
Jan. 13, 2012 4:42 pm
Well quite a flurry of response. I think after reading all of these, I will go with King Sparta's research and stop washing when I get home from the grocery. I think I willwash just as I use them. There's also something about not cracking on the edge of the bowl, crack on the counter and lift to the bowl, have no idea what that's all about, my daughter in law does it and says it cuts down on bacterial contamination. As to the peeled egg question, old eggs peel easy, new eggs don't. I know some of us will say "What's an old egg?" (meaning mine never last that long, we eat em right up). Anyway thanks for all the input.
Jan. 13, 2012 4:45 pm
Oh yeah and I plan to stop putting them down the disposal immediately. Thank you Keri.
Jan. 13, 2012 5:28 pm
>> "Does anyone know, if when cooking hard boiled eggs, the secret to getting them to peel easily??" ---- Try this link it will tell you why and how to to hard boil an egg
Jan. 13, 2012 6:39 pm
Wabes, here is the secret. Don't boil new eggs. New eggs will stick to the shell, eggs that are a few weeks old wont. Itreally is that simple. The way to tell is using the float method, new eggs sink, older eggs float.
Jan. 14, 2012 6:06 am
A friend sells eggs to an Asian family. They do not want them washed for at least 2 reasons: 1)they know they are fresh/unwashed if they still have evidence of the next on them. 2)the natural coating on the eggs acts as a preservative for them, keeping out contamination. Some home egg producers wash eggs, then replace the natural coating with a purchased coating, for asthetics purposes. Freshly laid eggs last many times longer than those from the store, and are usually more nutritious.
Jan. 14, 2012 6:08 am
Evidence of the "nest", not "next" on the eggs!
Jan. 16, 2012 6:57 am
Excess "nest evidence" may be gently cleaned off using fine grit sandpaper if it's hardened on, or with a damp paper towel if its still soft. I wouldn't worry about washing commercial eggs, but with eggs from our own chickens we want to remove all "nest evidence". We're going to increase our small flock next spring. There's no egg from any store to compare with home grown eggs. :)
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