Fresh Eggs?

21 Sep

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It’s been an interesting 10 or so days here in Boulder.  We made it through the storm with no damage at the shop, and only some standing water in our crawl space at home.  We feel very lucky, and know that so many others were not as fortunate.  Boulder and the front range are busily cleaning and repairing, and though it will be a long process, Coloradans are a hardy bunch and we know we’ll recover.

Through all of the craziness, our hens kept churning out the eggs and adding to our already abundant collection of previously laid eggs, and it seems that some other folks were also rather amazed at the collection they had gathered.  We’ve  even had a few folk stop into the shop and ask about the shelf-life of their home-laid eggs.  Here’s a few thoughts about that….

If you refrigerate your eggs, store them on the bottom shelf, where the temperature is coolest and they don’t get jostled around as they would if stored in the door.  Stored like this, you can count on about 5 weeks.  If you prevent humidity loss (wrap the carton or egg storage container with plastic wrap), you can increase this time to eight weeks.

If you don’t refrigerate your eggs, they can last a couple of weeks, though we really don’t recommend this approach.  This is a common practice in Europe, but raises eyebrows here in the states.

Some folks send extra eggs to the freezer.  Ice cube trays make nice molds for the “decanted” egg (if left in their shell, the shell will crack), and once frozen, eggs can be placed in freezer bags.  Try to get as much air out of the bag as possible for best storage.  Eggs can last up to a year when frozen.

When in doubt about the edibility of an egg, turn to the good old water test.  Fill a deep bowl or glass of water with enough water to cover the egg by several inches .  Gently place the egg in the water.  A fresh egg will sink to the bottom and lie flat on it’s side.  If it sinks to the bottom but rests on end, it is still good, but should be eaten in the next week.  An egg that floats is no longer good and should be tossed.

We wish all of our front range readers all the best as they recover from the flooding!

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