To clean or not to clean…. THAT is the question!
Well folks…. I clean them. I have read many articles telling me that it is best not to clean your eggs. Instead you are supposed to take the eggs straight from the coop and stick them in your fridge. THEY say that by washing them you will remove the protective layer allowing bacteria to get into the egg. (Who are THEY anyway?)
Well ladies and gents I am a firm believer that EXPERIENCE not hearsay is the best road to the truth. EXPERIENCE has taught me that eggs will not go bad faster if washed. You won’t get sick if you wash the “bloom” off…in fact it is much safer to crack an egg into a bowl that is not covered in zaaaa poopie.
I can tell you one thing for SURE…. I am not putting something that looks like this into my fridge….
Not every egg comes out looking like this disgusting specimen. In fact if you keep the nests clean, more often than not, the eggs are very clean, however; even the clean eggs have come in contact with microscopic poop… You just can’t get around it…Eggs come out the same place as the poop does.
So this is what I do…. First you collect the eggs (they can sit around for up to a week at room temperature as long as they stay unwashed) BUT as soon as they are washed they need to be promptly refrigerated.
Then I fill the sink part way with luke warm soapy water. I only wash the disgusting ones in here using a paper towel to scrub if needed and then rinse quickly in clean water. If the eggs look clean you can skip the first step and just rinse them quickly.
Lay the clean eggs on a towel and let sit to dry before putting in the cartons.
AND the most important step of the whole process……
Remember to bleach the sink and taps after you are finished!
And there you have it! Beautiful CLEAN farm fresh eggs!