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How To Handle and Store Your Farm Fresh Eggs

Congratulations on collecting your first batch of farm-fresh eggs! The warmth in your hands is just the beginning of the delightful journey into the world of homegrown goodness. As you marvel at these eggs, you might notice a very thin film covering them - that's the protective cuticle, or bloom. It's nature's way of safeguarding the egg from foreign bacteria, ensuring its freshness.

1. Understanding the Protective Bloom:

The protective bloom serves a dual purpose. It not only prevents bacteria from penetrating the eggshell but also allows you to store fresh eggs for an extended period. Thanks to this natural shield, your eggs can be kept in a cool, airy basket on the counter instead of the fridge.

2. Avoiding Refrigeration Woes:

Keeping eggs on the counter is not just a matter of tradition; it's a practical choice. Ever had a spontaneous urge to whip up some meringue or mayo, only to realize your eggs are cold in the fridge? With counter storage, you can act on your culinary whims without delay. Eggs stored this way can last up to six weeks, although, in most cases, they don't last that long because they're delicious and get eaten!

3. Unwashed vs. Washed Eggs: Unlike store-bought eggs that undergo washing and sealing, your fresh eggs remain unwashed. This natural state contributes to their longer shelf life. While the protective cuticle can be easily rinsed off under running water, it's often unnecessary unless the eggs have visible debris. Feel free to follow your comfort level when it comes to rinsing.

4. Cracking Technique: If you have roosters in your flock as I do, consider cracking eggs into a clean glass bowl before adding them to your cooking. This precaution helps you spot any eggs that might have been fertilized or intended for hatching. Embrace the natural process of egg farming, acknowledge it, and move forward to the next egg without dwelling on it.

5. Proper Storage in the Fridge: If you choose to refrigerate your farm-fresh eggs, store them in an airtight, moisture-resistant container. Eggs contain a high water content, and while they don't evaporate quickly, prolonged storage (8 weeks or longer) may impact their weight and moisture retention.

Tip for Egg Collection: Hens lay an egg every 24-27 hours, and each hen has her own unique laying time. Ensure you collect eggs at least three times a day to maintain freshness and quality. Enjoy the process, cherish your hens, and savor the delicious journey of farm-fresh eggs!

Xenia Stavrinides


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