Ovo, You Didn’t! The Dos and Don’ts of Storing Farm Fresh Eggs

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Farm fresh eggs are delicious and come in a variety of beautiful colors not found on store shelves. That’s right! When you collect eggs fresh from the farm, you’ll discover blue eggs, pink eggs, and many other colors as well.

If you’ve recently begun tending to chickens in your own yard or are collecting fresh eggs from a local farm, then you’ll want to know all the basics about storing farm fresh eggs. Cleaning and storing farm fresh eggs correctly is essential if you want to consume only the most delicious eggs.

In the guide below, you’ll discover everything you need to know about storing fresh eggs from the farm!

Non-Washed Eggs 

To refrigerate or not? That’s the main question people wonder when storing fresh eggs. Not all eggs collected from the farm need washing.

If the eggs appear clean, then you can keep them in a basket or another type of storage container on the counter at room temperature. Fresh eggs have a natural substance that covers them, called a “bloom.” This substance prevents bacteria from growing and keeps the eggs from spoiling.

As long as the eggs still have the bloom coating on them, storing farm fresh eggs at room temperature is ideal. They’ll stay good for about 2-3 weeks.

Washed Eggs 

Other fresh eggs will need to be washed after collected. Why? Some eggs will have chicken feces on them, which is normal.

If the eggs you collect need to be washed, then this will wash away the bloom coating that protects them from going bad. Once the bloom is washed off, you’ll need to store them in the refrigerator. You can place them in the refrigerator either in a sealed container or in an egg carton.

When placed in a sealed container, the fresh eggs will last several months in the refrigerator as long as it’s in good working order. You can find out more about keeping your refrigerator in good condition here. Make sure to label the eggs with the date before storing them to help you keep track.

To Eat or Not to Eat

There are a few tricks you can use to determine if an egg is still edible or not. One easy trick is to place the egg in a bowl filled with water. If the egg sinks and rests on its side, then it’s fresh.

If it sinks but stands up straight, then it’s not as fresh. If the egg floats at the top of the water, then it’s no longer edible. You can use this trick before eating a fresh egg from the farm if you’re unsure.

When Storing Farm Fresh Eggs Follow These Tips

Having farm fresh eggs at your fingertips is a luxury. Fresh eggs straight from the farm are delicious and will last quite a while when stored correctly. Make sure to follow these tips when storing farm fresh eggs in your home.

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