Washing and refrigerating our eggs has long since been the American way.  Some growers even go so far as to bleach eggs or use other harsh chemicals to “sanitize” their eggs.  This is done for 2 reasons: appearance of the egg and, the belief that if you want something clean you have to wash it.  This is not the case with most of the rest of the world.  Allow me to explain.  When an egg is laid by a hen there is a coating on the egg, this is called the bloom.  This bloom isn’t visible but it acts as a natural barrier to the egg.  This brilliant idea of mother nature makes perfect sense.  Since the egg passes through the same highway that everything else the chicken gets rid of does it would have to be protected to avoid contamination.  This bloom stays intact as long as the egg is not handled heavily, or WASHED!  Once this bloom is gone the egg is then porous.  Meaning bacteria or other unwanted things can now pass into the egg.  Since the bloom acts as a seal it also prevents the egg from spoiling.  By leaving this bloom intact you keep the egg protected from outside bacteria and it also keep the egg fresh allowing you to store your eggs on the counter.  Thats right, properly stored eggs don’t need refrigerating!  So when you get your eggs from us if you don’t agree feel free to wash them before you eat them.  Our personal eggs are kept on the counter unwashed and we eat them that way.

Here are some links regarding the topic and please feel free to ask if you have any questions.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/09/11/336330502/why-the-u-s-chills-its-eggs-and-most-of-the-world-doesnt

http://io9.com/americans-why-do-you-keep-refrigerating-your-eggs-1465309529

http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/how-to-store-fresh-eggs-zmaz77ndzgoe.aspx

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