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Old 09-26-2004, 03:02 PM   #1
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Would you wash your chicken eggs?

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I'm assured I don't need to, but since moving here, I always wash these chicken eggs. They are not refrigerated (the only reason for chilling eggs is if they have already gone bad, locals tell me) and usually still have the feathers and (can I say this here... ) poop attached. Everything is VERY organic, very WHOLE food (of which I very much approve), but I thought this was a little extreme. So what if I have a broken egg here and there I have to toss out... wouldn't you wash your eggs too?
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Old 09-26-2004, 03:26 PM   #2
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Funny old place Europe......the EEC rules European Economic Community) I would say preclude the selling of eggs with poop. I live in England, but it it's fairly well known that we are the only country in Europe that tends to follow the rules.

My local free range egg producer now has to stamp the date on all her eggs, which I think is a shame, and has to wash them as well. You get the odd feather in the carton still but no poop.

I don't refrigerate my eggs, they cook a lot better at room temperature, especially for meringues and such where you need much air incoporated in them.

I am quite happy to have chicken dirt on my eggs, but it's becoming very rare!
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Old 09-26-2004, 03:53 PM   #3
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I wash mine. I get them from our chicken lady (insert own joke here) and they are covered in poop too. My thought is, if I wash em, I am less likely to have anything accidentally drop into my omelette. Also, would you want to eat a boiled egg that was cooked in poo water? Not me. Personal preference though.
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Old 09-26-2004, 04:30 PM   #4
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I tend not to boil my eggs, but if I was going to, I'd wash em first definetly. I am talking about trace poop rather than covered in poop!!! What a conversation!!!!!1
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Old 09-26-2004, 04:33 PM   #5
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LOL Kyles! Mine are definitely more than "trace poop". We are talking fresh from the nest.
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Old 09-26-2004, 04:35 PM   #6
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Don't have that problem in the States. Everything comes shrink-wrapped here, or sanitized to death. We are one of the most germ-phobic cultures out there. A little dirt is good for the soul...............(but I would rinse my eggs if they came with, well...you know)
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Old 09-26-2004, 05:37 PM   #7
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Mudbug, I have a little saying about dirt... God made dirt so dirt don't hurt. Anyway, when my grandma raised chickens she wouldn't wash her eggs until she got ready to use them.
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Old 09-28-2004, 02:58 PM   #8
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I don't wash mine when I buy them from the grocery store. BUt I live in farm land, and when I can get them from freinds and neighbors, I always give them a quick rinse. I also give any veggies I'm giving away a quick rinse before handing them off to friends. It is really funny sometimes to think what the younger generation must be like. A few months ago I opened a dozen eggs at the store, and wiggled them each before putting the carton in my cart. A young woman asked me why I did that, that she'd seen so many older women (good lord, guess I'm old now) do it. I laughed and told her that you can tell if an egg is cracked that way -- it will stick to the carton if it is cracked. We live in a largely rural, farming area with a HUGE tourist industry, so it was quite funny.
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Old 09-29-2004, 03:14 PM   #9
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I get my family's eggs from an organic egg farmer and quite often there's poop on the shells. I rinse them off with cool water and pat dry before I crack them, just in case, like others of you have said, some of the shell would happen to fall into the egg. Better safe than sorry, I guess!
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Never had poop on my eggs.....how does it taste?
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