Heading out to the chicken coop to gather our farm fresh eggs is a daily experience and one that I enjoy. Sometimes the eggs are somewhat dirty. Very first thing you would think to do after bringing them into the house is to wash them. After all the eggs you purchase from the local grocery story are all nice and clean.
Let me share some facts about eggs. Eggs are covered in bacteria and germs. As you can see from the photo these eggs are not clean. I like to call it have some of the farm left on them. Biggest risk with eggs is with salmonella bacteria.
Let’s talk about the eggshell. Eggshells are made of tiny calcium carbonate crystals. Every eggshell looks solid. Actually each eggshell is covered with pores. These pores allow the transfer of bacterial between the inner and out eggshell.
Hold on if your thinking your never going to eat another egg in your life. Nature has developed its own defense against contamination. Just before Henrietta lays her egg, her body deposits a protein like mucous coating on the outside of her egg. The protective coating is called the bloom. The pores of the egg are sealed, which stops the transfer of bacteria from outer shell to the inner shell and egg center.
The bloom will remain intact as long as the egg is NOT WASHED. Just running the egg under water will remove this protective layer and the egg pores open.
The U.S. is one of the few countries that requires washing of commercial eggs. Compared to european countries who legally restrict commercial eggs from be washed.
For example in Ireland only unwashed eggs receive Grade A or AA standards. Ireland can’t commercially sell eggs that have been washed.
My farm fresh eggs are never washed. The bloom is left on and for this reason the eggs don’t have to be refrigerated.
Please share your thoughts on using farm fresh eggs over store-bought eggs. I look forward to hearing from all of you.
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