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Old 04-10-2010, 06:58 PM   #11
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Many/Most eggs reach stores only a few days after the
hen lays them. Egg cartons with the USDA grade
shield on them must display the “pack date” (the day
that the eggs were washed, graded, and placed in
the carton). The number is a three-digit code that
represents the consecutive day of the year (the
“Julian Date”) starting with January 1 as 001 and
ending with December 31 as 365. When a “sell-by”
date appears on a carton bearing the USDA grade
shield, the code date may not exceed 45 days from
the date of pack.

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Old 04-10-2010, 07:45 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by BreezyCooking View Post
Supermarket eggs can actually be several months old & still legally be called "fresh" by commercial standards...
I find this hard to believe.

The USDA dictates egg cartons carry a pack date. This is the date they are washed, inspected and packed in a carton. If a Sell By date is included on the carton, the USDA dictates it cannot be more than 30 days from the pack date. The pack date is on the carton as a three digit Julian date.

There's no money in storing eggs for months before selling them. The egg farmer gets no money until he ships them so he has no incentive to hold them. The grocer has no incentive to store eggs he's already paid for. He gets no money for them until he sells.

Farmers with any business sense don't produce more eggs than they can sell.

However, a fresh egg with an intact shell will last a long time. Typically 4-5 WEEKS from the pack date.

Sorry, UB. Didn't read your post before posting mine.

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Old 04-10-2010, 08:20 PM   #13
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That is just sad...what is going on with the FDA???
I've heard bad things about the FDA. A Readers Digest article talked about how backed up they were. Can't remember what all the article said though.
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Old 04-10-2010, 09:35 PM   #14
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It's the USDA - United States Department of Agriculture that's the governing agency here.

The FDA - Food and Drug Administration is a different agency with different responsibilities.
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Old 04-10-2010, 10:18 PM   #15
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Ive had chickens for the past 8 years or so, tried everything pin-sized hole, boiling in salted water, steaming, pealing under cold running water...... and have had no consistent results. that is why i use the fresh eggs for everything other than hard boiled, and buy supermarket eggs for that purpose only. Just got 6 more baby chicks 2 weeks ago.
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Old 04-12-2010, 01:37 PM   #16
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I have had chickens for several years, and here is my solution to the sticky shells.

WASH your eggs for boiling--I use a drop of dish soap and slightly warmed water. (Cold water causes the egg to contract, and might draw contaminents on the surface into the interior.)

Then, put them into an open container in the fridge for a week or so. This allows some of the moisture in the egg to evaporate, and the egg will be much easier to peel.

If you are not going to boil the eggs, don't wash them--they will stay fresh for a much longer period. The egg has a natural coating that keeps the water in the egg from evaoporating--that is why they last so long.

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