Do You Wash the Eggs Before You Consume Them,Please?
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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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.
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!
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.
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!
• 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 !!~
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.
• 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.
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
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.
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.
• 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.
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.