fresh eggs.

the other day i came home & a friend handed me a couple of fresh eggs from the farm upstate… there is just something about eggs from chickens that were not bought in some store.

this past fall i learned that if the eggs that are laid are unwashed they do not need to be refrigerated as the icky looking coating protects the egg.. it is only when that is washed off ( like the super clean eggs you find in a store ) that the egg will spoil if left unrefrigerated… so stop washing those freshly laid eggs!

here’s a bit about ”unwashed eggs” from the site ‘seeds of nutrition’ :

You want to be sure that the “Bloom” is left on. What is the “Bloom”? It is a natural antibacterial protective covering that the hen deposits on the egg as she is laying it.
That protective coating protects the egg until it is used. Bacteria has a hard time penetrating a dry shell, but will have a much easier time if the shell is wet because the shell is porous.

Commercially grown eggs are washed and bleached. Not only that; the chickens are cage confined and never see the day of light. And because of these conditions their feed is loaded with antibiotics to keep the chicken healthy. These chickens also have a very short life span.

“Unwashed Eggs” are eggs that are gathered, brought into the house and lightly wiped off with a dry cloth, paper towel, a loofa pad, or scrubby. Absolutely no water comes in contact. If the hens laying box is kept clean and egg gathering is frequent for the most part the eggs will be clean and no need to deal with feathers, hay stuck on, or chicken poop.

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  1. Another thing about local farm eggs is that the chickens are usually “pasture fed” which means they are allowed to roam during the day, eating bugs, seeds, and whatever else they may find. My girls also get all of our kitchen scraps. That “cage free” claim on most store bought eggs only means that they are not kept in cages but are most likely still confined to shed-like buildings with very little room per chicken. Imagine a pole shed with 400 sq ft might have 300 chickens in it. Not a lot of room to move, and in those crowded conditions, beak cropping is necessary or they will peck each other to death. “Free range” only means they have access to an outside yard. In the business of egg production, this means a small door on the side of the pole shed that leads to a small, fenced, dirt floor (not straw or hay) yard. No bugs, no seeds, no natural digging or scratching. Unfortunately, the only place to get local pasture-fed eggs is from local farm stands or friends who have chickens, or raise them yourself. Backyard chickens have become a huge movement, and really don’t take much time or effort, once they are old enough to lay. And my girls usually only lay in one nesting box, even though they have four, so I end up having to clean a lot of my eggs. They get dirty if you don’t gather them right away!

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