Here’s about a week’s worth of eggs collected from the urban homestead’s resident chickens and ducks. We have two of these nifty wire egg baskets (now offered on the Peddler’s Wagon) to collect the eggs in – one is hanging up in the chicken coop and the other in the kitchen. Leaving the “natural coating” on the eggs helps preserve the eggs; we only wash the eggs when ready to use them (or give a dozen or so to friends).
Egg shells are porous and the hen makes up for this by adding a natural coating; but the government has mandated that eggs be washed and sanitized before being sold, which washes away the natural, protective coating. Unless really, really soiled by manure, it’s best not to wash the eggs until you are ready to use them.
Excerpts from the expert: Carla Emery writes about preserving and washing eggs.
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