Eggs in the US and EU

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  1. muerte69

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    Eggs in the US and EU - How long they are kept fresh!

    I just read this article about eggs and the difference in how they are treated here in the US and Europe.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/nadiaarumugam/2012/10/25/why-american-eggs-would-be-illegal-in-a-british-supermarket-and-vice-versa/

    It is interesting in that studies have shown that eggs from vaccinated hens can stay fresh/safe for 21 days with no refrigeration.
    And that in Europe the eggs are sold unrefrigerated and unwashed.

    Gave me some things to think about and take into consideration when looking for eggs for camping...
     
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    European food standards and quality are much better than ours. Its partly because the,USDA is run by and for major corporations. Most americans dont even know who Monsanto is after all.
     
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    Thats how it is in Mexico as well and we have been eating them for years, whenever we go there and have had no issues.
     
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    I've eaten eggs up to six months without refrigeration. You can go a good year without if you know what you're doing.
     
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    Yeah, that's something I noticed living in the Middle East, as well. Even in Israel, where the food is very good and safe, the eggs were never refrigerated. I had no idea you could do that. :11:
     
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    If you wash the mucous membrane off of an egg it allows bacteria to be absorbed through the porous shell. Some washed eggs in stores can be up to 45-60 days old by the time you buy them. Unwashed eggs can be unrefridgerated safely for well over a month.

    Scott
     
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    Eggs

    I read that a good fresh egg should sink in water. One that sits upright in water is beginning to degrade, one that floats is not safe to eat. Apparently when bacteria begins to grow inside the egg it creates oxygen causing the egg to float. Not sure of the validity of these claims.
     
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    There is a ton of information on preserving your eggs here in the US. Basically you rub them with mineral oil and they can be kept in a cool (68 or below) place for over 9 months.
     
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    i have 6 chickens so i get about 6 12 eggs a day.

    I just clean them and just stick them in the frig afterwards.

    or i just give them away to family or anyone who want eggs.
     
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    There is a fundamental difference between european and american ag systems.

    Ours is focused on industrial farming and the europeans focus on quality and taste.
     
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    The mucous membrane does a great job at protecting the egg, and the mineral oil is a good (but lesser) substitute. Eggs can stay good for a long time if properly stored. Be a little careful of the test by floating, it's pretty accurate, but there can be some exceptions.

    As for Europe, v.s. the US, please give it a rest. I spent a few years of my youth in Europe, and also on farms here in the US. We do just as good a job as anyone else in providing healthy quality food.
     
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    please dont crack any unwashed covered with dryed manure eggs over my skillet :57:
     
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    C'mon, a little seasoning never hurt anyone, ha. We rarely wash our eggs, usually just put them right in the fridge.
     
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    I wash mine right before cracking them over the skillet. :)
     
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    We just moved from Indiana to Canada this past summer due to job, one thing I do not miss about US here is food, although food is more expensive in Canada than US, it's a lot healthier with higher quality control standards.
     
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    We've got 10 hens, this is some good info. I have seen some eggs left out a day or two it seems the yolks break fairly easily.
    Just on observation.
     
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    IIRC, it's not oxygen that's being created. But the rest is correct. If the egg floats, don't eat it. This is the ages-old test that has been applied all over the world.
     
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    I generally get my eggs from the neighbor whose hens wander between our yards.
    I don't mind them eating the bugs and I get some free eggs and some I pay for out of courtesy.
    There is such a major difference in the free range eggs versus the store bought my wife complains now if I fix "Regular" eggs...

    I posted more for the information than the us vs them thing.
    I will say the food in Ireland was better than anything I can remember here in the states but I also never ate at 5 star restaurants and hotels here in the states either...

    I just like to know that if I pack in some fresh eggs I am good to go as long as it isn't in the middle of summer.

    Leave them fresh from the hen and maybe put in a plastic baggie then wrap that in a towel and wet it to add some evaporative cooling and I am set.
    Bacon and eggs makes everyone happy...
     
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsanto


    yep not good
     
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    I have eaten eggs that have been unwashed and left sitting out for a couple of weeks. I washe the egg and crack it into a small clear glass that I use for eggs. If the look and smell good then I cook them and eat them. I've never had a problem and never gotten sick. I much prefer free range over caged eggs. I think they taste better.


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    We have raised chickens for years.
    We never wash our eggs.
    They will last for months. They don't spoil like folks think.
    We save eggs to hard boil and those are generally a couple of months old.
    We actually sell some of the older ones just for hard boiling.
    The ones you buy in the grocery store are on average 6 weeks old.
     
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    With all due respect Bro, I think the poster had a valid point. Just try finding a Marans egg or some Gloucester Old Spot bacon on the west coast. Even Whole Foods flies in tasteless fruit and vegetables from South America all year round because few here understand the idea of seasonal locally sourced food. Farmer's Markets can be the exception, but strictly for luxury items and not staples. I have never seen the equivalent of a Parisian or London street market in any city I have been to anywhere in the US.
     
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    Sacramento has a pretty amazing farmers market, its a bit yuppy but there are live fish, and actual fish monger, a couple of mushroom vendors, and because of the ethnic diversity there are all sorts of weird veggies. Sadly the one bakery sycks, so its NOT eurooe! However down the stret is an Asian farmers market with live ducks, chickens, and things like turtles.


    Oh, and eggs...
     
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    we raise chickens and if you dont wash the eggs and paintbrush mineral oil on the shells they can last a year in a cool dark dry place.
     
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    Yep!
    It has always amazed me as to why some folks think eggs spoil so easily.
     

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