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April 24th, 2008
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Washing eggs for the small farm
The answer appears to be: use the dishwasher. The water doesn't get recirculated in such a way that you will contaminate the egg, the jets are strong enough to blast off the yuck, but not strong enough to break the eggs. Dried fifteen egs with paper towels after a rinse cycle and they looked as good as my best results with hand-washing--and a lot less mess, work, and frustration.

Apparently if you get into the thousands of eggs what you do is buy a machine that washes, dries, "candles," and in some cases grades the eggs...The super-expensive ones even pack and wrap the eggs in filler flats for you. Zoiks. I don't think we'll ever get in that neighborhood. A little trip through the rinse cycle works for me.

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From:quietann
Date:April 25th, 2008 03:04 am (UTC)
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I'm assuming you already know that they keep much better if you don't wash them???
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From:happypete
Date:April 25th, 2008 09:28 am (UTC)

the word I was looking for was "rinse"

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and yes--but I can't sell them with chicken poop crusted on them.
From:technoshaman
Date:April 25th, 2008 04:08 am (UTC)
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The hot water in the dishiboo doesn't cook'em?
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From:happypete
Date:April 25th, 2008 09:30 am (UTC)

rinse cycle is not hot enough, nor long enough...

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some USDA approved washing techniques use scalding [160 degF] water--but very, VERY briefly.

I think the dishwasher rinse cycle is < 130.
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From:kitwench
Date:April 25th, 2008 10:38 am (UTC)

Re: rinse cycle is not hot enough, nor long enough...

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It won't cook them, but they don't keep as long...
Of course, you could hire this out to manual labor!
Friend of mine pays her 6 yo 25 cents a dozen to hand wash them,lol !
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From:gonzy317
Date:April 25th, 2008 01:47 pm (UTC)
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I wouldn't wash them until ready for use/sale... they keep.

Been wanting to ask if I can get some from you guys. We ALWAYS had fresh farm eggs, and I'm missing them greatly. Plus, might be a good way to get to see you guys every couple of weeks. Sad that we're so much closer but never see one another. :(
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From:happypete
Date:August 9th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC)

well...we have plenty of eggs for you to take home tomorrow...

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want them by the dozen or by the "flat?" ;)
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