Do You Wash the Eggs Before You Consume Them,Please?

China
April 20, 2008 11:00pm CST
Hello to all mylotters, I have just responded to quite a few discussions about eggs this morning, like what animal lays the biggest eggs and what kind of eggs you like and the cooking styles for eggs you prefer and whether you put your eggs in the fridge and so on. Ok, after having responded to those discussions on eggs, I have my own idea about starting another topic on eggs. I have an easy question for you all, as stated below, Do you usually wash the eggs before you are going to consume them or put them into the fridge, please? Well, I usually do, because I think that when we are breaking open the eggs, the germs on the egg shell will get together with the inside white and yolk part into the bowl if we do not wash them first. Also, when I decide to place the eggs into the fridge, I wash them first before putting them on the shelf for eggs. Let's enjoy a healthy life and I thank you very much for your response in advance. Love from Williamjisir.
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@cheongyc (5075)
• Malaysia
29 Apr 08
Hi williamjisir, I am actually worried by your practice of washing the eggs before storing then inside the fridge. As what we know, the eggs shelf are porous. But they are sealed with some kind of natural substance from bacteria and germs. If you wash the eggs before storing them, the soluble protective layer would be partially removed and thus allowing the germs/bacterias and some water to infiltrate into the egg. The egg composition will start to change due to the micro-organism activity (some sort like decomposition or degrading) even it's at lower temperature, unless you are freezing them. Therefore, it's safer to wash the egg just before we consume it to remove the external foreign material. You might need to clean the egg shelf in the refrigerator periodically instead . Besides, we should consume the egg which are entirely cook, so that we won't be infected by the virus which potentially reside on the shelf.
• China
30 Apr 08
Morning cheongyc. I thank you very much for your informative and reasonable response. I appreciate it a lot. Have a good day.
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@cheongyc (5075)
• Malaysia
30 Apr 08
You are most welcome, williamjisir, and have a nice day too!
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@penny64 (1106)
• Australia
22 Apr 08
Well, I'd never even thought of washing the eggs, except on the very few occasions that I've taken one out from under a chicken. I don't really let the inside of the egg touch the outside anyway, I guess. I don't know anyone who washes eggs, and we all seem to still be pretty healthy. Thanks for making me think about it!
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• China
24 Apr 08
Hello penny. I thank you so much for the response and wish you happy and healthy as always, dear friend.
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@penny64 (1106)
• Australia
24 Apr 08
Thank you. You too!
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@bagumbayan (2707)
• Philippines
21 Apr 08
Sorry I was not able to read about your discussion on eggs. But this is one thing I learned from my sister in the province whose poultry raising is their busines. Chicken and eggs. I learned from them not to wash the eggs for it will remove the natural protection given by the chicken to their eggs. Usually the eggs are clean coming from the poultry itself. When cooking at least be careful breaking the egg so the dirt will not go with the cooking. I havent seen one washing eggs before cooking.
• China
21 Apr 08
Hello bagumbayan. I did not know that it will remove the natural protection given by the chickens to their eggs. It is very nice information about it. I thank you very much for the information, dear friend.
• China
21 Apr 08
Hello dear bagumbayan. Thanks so much for the information that the washing of the eggs removes the natural protection given by the chicken to their eggs. I did not know this and am very glad to know about it. Thanks again.
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
21 Apr 08
Hi williamjisir! Yes, i do sometimes but not all the time. However, upon reading your post I think I better make it a habit of washing the eggs before I put them in the fridge. Just my thoughts dear friend! Take care and have nice day!
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• China
21 Apr 08
Hello faith. I am glad that you intend to make it a habit of washing the eggs before putting them in the fridge so that no germs will be brought into it to some other food. Thank you, dear friend. Enjoy your day.
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
21 Apr 08
Hi williamjisir! thanks for the advice dear friend!
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
21 Apr 08
I should but I do not wash the eggs. I know I always roll each egg in the carton checking to be sure there are no broken ones. So I am sure that there are a lot of germs on them. But also as the eggs get heated the tremperature will kill the germs I feel as well. So no, I do not wash them and never have in my 54 years. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
• China
21 Apr 08
Hello dear Grandpa Bob. I am very happy to have you as the first responder in my house of discussion today. Well, your response sounds reasonable when it comes to the point that the high temperature kills the germs. Thank you very much for the response, my young Grandpa Bob.
@myrith (1830)
• Canada
22 Apr 08
Who does that? I have never heard of such a thing! but if that gives you peace of mind then you should continue to do as you are doing now.
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@cream97 (29166)
• United States
21 Jun 10
Hi, williamjisir. No, I have never washed them. I just inspect them before I cook them. I try to make sure that no broken egg shells are inside of the egg while it is in the bowl. I will make sure that I wash them for now on. Thanks for posting this discussion.
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• China
21 Jun 10
Hello cream. Thank you so much for the comment. I appreciate it and wish you to live your life to the fullest. Have a good day.
• India
9 Jun 10
Hi Williams, you are very right, here when we buy eggs, we see dirt even hens excretion sticking on some eggs, if you donot wash thoroughly, it will go to our body through food, we wash several times.. Thanks for sharing. Welcome always. Cheers. Professor
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• China
13 Jun 10
Hello my dear respectable professor. It is true that sometimes when we buy the eggs, we can see a lot of dirt on them. It is out of this very reason that we have formed a habit of washing them before consuming them. Take care and have a good day.
• China
28 Apr 10
i don't do that.i think the high tempreture will kill the germs,too.but if the egg is lay by duck,i will wash it.most of the time,i don't wash the egg.
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• China
8 Jun 10
Hello mmbb. It seems that duck eggs are not as clean as chicken eggs. Anyway, eggs are my favorite. Have a good day.
@geniustiger (1699)
• Philippines
26 Apr 10
I wash eggs if I put it in a refrigerator. If I will break it if I see it is not dirty I will break it and scramble right away. Only I was if I see it has dirty but if it is clean I will not was anymore. Then in other case like cooking, I will wash it to have it neat and clean as it is going to be boiled. I guess funny but it is how I do with eggs hehehh.
• China
26 Apr 10
Hello geniustiger. Thank you so much for the response to the topic. I read it with intereest and appreciate your time for it. Have a good day, my dear friend.
@bing28 (3798)
• Philippines
8 Sep 09
I always wash the eggs before storing in the fridge or even before breaking when we have to fry or mixed with our flour in baking. It's nice seeing the eggs clean and in shining white. Quite not appetizing seeing the eggs with little brown dirt on it's shell.
• China
8 Sep 09
Hello bing. You are right that it is not appetizing seeing the dirt on its shell. So to wash it clean is a must. Enjoy your life, dear bing.
@elitess (5072)
• Ipswich, England
16 May 09
Hello my dear friend. I keep the eggs in the fridge but i see no reason to wash them as when i eat them, i either boil them (which is much more efficient than washing, as boiling water kills most of the germs) or i eat them scrambled, thus throwing away the carapace of the egg if i may call it so (don't really know the name in English of the outer layer) which would make the washing as i said before - useless.
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• China
17 May 09
Hello elitess. I thank you so much for the response to this old discussion of mine. I have read all of the responses and have found many different ideas about this topic. I think that everyone has his own reasonable ideas about this. Now sometimes when I see the eggs clean, I don't wash it when I boil it with water. Otherwise I do. I appreciate your response, dear friend.
@MisterPlus (1917)
• Philippines
21 Apr 09
I don't really wash the eggs before I put them in the fridge. I was not used to doing it. Thank you for this topic you posted.
• China
22 Apr 09
Hello Mr.Plus. Thank you for the response. Now I don't place those eggs in the fridge, but somewhere it is cool in the house. Good day, friend.
@Cannonball (3635)
• France
31 Aug 08
I never thought about it but I actually do it after I peel them just to get rid of all the possible reluctant shell
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• China
1 Sep 08
Thank you for the response, dear friend.
@cream97 (29166)
• United States
3 Jun 08
No, Sorry I am very guilty of this! Since I now know this I will make sure that I wash them before I cook them.. With my hard boiled eggs, I will wash them off after breaking them. I will do this when they are fully cooked..
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• China
10 Jun 08
Hello dear cream. I thank you so much for your nice response. Take care.
@excellence7 (3477)
• Mauritius
28 May 08
Yes I wash the eggs before eating.,
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• China
10 Jun 08
Thank you for your response, dear excellence. Take care.
@pterion (419)
• India
20 May 08
NOpe...never have...i have butterfingers, am sure to break 'em...besides wont the germs die while its been cooked?
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• China
10 Jun 08
Hello pterion. Thank you for your response. Good day.
@2btrueinu (703)
• Philippines
18 May 08
Well I was eggs when I will used it but if not yet I just keep it like that. You know when you wash egg it will easily rotten so if you will not used it immediately just leave it as that.
• China
18 May 08
Thank you for sharing your idea,my dear friend.Good day.
@Elixiress (3893)
17 May 08
I don't, as I only eat what is inside the shell and not what is on the outside. It is like a sweet in a wrapper and I don't wash the wrapper of a sweet either.
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• China
18 May 08
Thank you so much for your response to share ideas with me, Elixiress.Take care.
• Canada
16 May 08
I have never heard of washing eggs before consuming them. Eggs are always cooked during use, beore consumption, so I think all impurities in the eggs would have been killed through the washing process.
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• China
16 May 08
Your response sounds reasonable, friend. Thank you.
@jayalaksmi (1041)
• India
8 May 08
Its a good idea to wash eggs before consuming them. To be true i till now had not been washing eggs before consuming and its really a point to think that if we don't wash then there would be germs in it.
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• China
16 May 08
Thank you for your response, dear jay.