The difference between a UK and a US egg

@Jackalyn (3872)
Oxford, England
November 24, 2016 5:10am CST
It is illegal to sell UK eggs in the US and US eggs in the UK In the UK eggs are not washed In the US eggs are washed In the UK eggs are stored at room temperature In the US eggs are have to be kept under 45 degrees farenheight. Americans clean their eggs. They use chemicals and water over 90 degrees farenheight. The English think this is a waste of time. In fact, it is against the law to clean class A eggs. Of course, we cannot compare our eggs as importing them from either country into the other is illegal. I suppose that means even an egg sandwich on an aeroplane.
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@Happy2BeMe (34941)
• Canada
24 Nov
Some very interesting facts. I did not know that. Our eggs have pretty much the same guidelines as the US. I always keep my eggs in the fridge.
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@Jackalyn (3872)
• Oxford, England
24 Nov
I actually keep mine there too, but they are on the shelf in the Supermarket.
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@Jackalyn (3872)
• Oxford, England
24 Nov
I think they do it as they are afraid of people getting salmonella.
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@Happy2BeMe (34941)
• Canada
24 Nov
@Jackalyn I would say you are correct
• United Kingdom
24 Nov
OMG!! i have no idea that UK eggs can't be sold in the US??! BUT WHY?! hahaha Yea, UK eggs is mostly organic or maybe all UK eggs are organic.
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@Jackalyn (3872)
• Oxford, England
24 Nov
No they are not. There is a lot more to English eggs than that. I need Organic non-battery eggs. I am not even keen on barn eggs as that still means the hen is kept in horrid conditions in many places. I want my corn fed hen roaming free fed on pesticide free food.
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• United Kingdom
24 Nov
@Jackalyn so the corn fed hen are the ones who produces organic eggs?
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@Jackalyn (3872)
• Oxford, England
24 Nov
@therealmaryyy From what I remember you buy organic feed. Even corn might not be organic.
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@Asylum (39341)
• Manchester, England
24 Nov
It is customary here to keep eggs in the refrigerator because it keeps them fresh. As for washing them, I see no point because we do not eat the shells.
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@JudyEv (65596)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Nov
I guess we are so far away that we never have the opportunity to have anything other than Aussie eggs. :)
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@egdcltd (4518)
24 Nov
I always put my eggs in the fridge after I buy them.
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@Ronrybs (5633)
• London, England
24 Nov
I keep mine at room temp and they are okay. I used to keep them in the firdge, but I swear they never boiled properly!
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@egdcltd (4518)
24 Nov
@Ronrybs One advantage of the fridge is that they are out of the way in it. Plus I tend to boil mine for too long anyway!
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@Ronrybs (5633)
• London, England
24 Nov
@egdcltd I've started doing mine in the steamer and they come out just right. And I don't have to stand over them!
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@just4him (61438)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
24 Nov
Now that's interesting. I didn't know you couldn't import or export eggs.
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@Jackalyn (3872)
• Oxford, England
25 Nov
Nor did I until I started to look at silly laws...
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@just4him (61438)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
25 Nov
@Jackalyn Yeah, I would classify that one as silly.
@Bluedoll (15846)
• Canada
24 Nov
I've raised free range chickens. When the egg comes out it is warm and soft and then very quickly cools in the air. It was nice to collect a freshly laid egg. The fresh taste was fantastic. I used to wipe them gently like polishing an apple. Both Helen (the chicken) and I were very happy and proud of what we had achieved.
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@Jackalyn (3872)
• Oxford, England
24 Nov
Free range and organic is definitely best. You definitely do have something to be proud of.
@Bluedoll (15846)
• Canada
25 Nov
@Jackalyn The tense was past. Something I did but look back at as a good memory. It's nice to be able to produce your own food.
@magallon (14757)
• Philippines
24 Nov
It' s the first time i heard about this. Thanks for sharing.
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@Jackalyn (3872)
• Oxford, England
24 Nov
I did moot know myself till earlier today
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@magallon (14757)
• Philippines
25 Nov
@SIMPLYD (65551)
• Philippines
26 Nov
Here , they just rub the shell of the egg to clean it . It 's good to know the difference between a UK and a US egg . I didn't know that had you not posted about it .
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@Jackalyn (3872)
• Oxford, England
26 Nov
I guess Of course whichever country you are in there is not much you can do about it.
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@Orson_Kart (3237)
• United Kingdom
24 Nov
I live in the UK and on the boxes of eggs I see they tell you to store them in the fridge. Don't know about the washing part but they always seem clean enough to me.
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@Jackalyn (3872)
• Oxford, England
25 Nov
Yes, cannot imagine supermarkets wanting to sell dirty eggs. I think it is class A they are not allowed to wash or whatever they wash them in might be different or something. They are definitely not sold from the fridge in Sainsbury's or Budgens. The Lion egg site does not say in a fridge, but does say under 20 degrees and the fridge is the best place. On the organic chicken farm we used to wipe them clean with a cloth.
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@cupkitties (6648)
• United States
24 Nov
I did not know any of that about UK or US eggs. Some times I leave my eggs out at room temp because it's written in some recipes.
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@Jackalyn (3872)
• Oxford, England
24 Nov
I think cakes are better if the egg is room temperature.
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@Fishmomma (8685)
• United States
24 Nov
Interesting information about the difference. I grew up on a farm and we rinsed the eggs and then cooked them, so no chemicals used on our eggs. I grew up and did fine, so they might have a point. Every farm kid I knew wasn't harmed by eggs eaten without chemicals.
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@Jackalyn (3872)
• Oxford, England
24 Nov
And they probably tasted better
@destry (2238)
• Kirkwall, Scotland
24 Nov
It is bizarre how Americans clean and store their eggs - washing off the natural barrier that protects them and then store them in cold conditions that help bacteria to penetrate the porous shell! Personally, I like my chicken ovulations straight from the hen!
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@Jackalyn (3872)
• Oxford, England
24 Nov
I do too. I think the US is very worried about Salmonella and that is the reason.
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• China
25 Nov
I suspect that the washed eggs can't store as long as the unwashed ones at room temperature.
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@youless (75310)
• Guangzhou, China
25 Nov
How interesting to learn these facts! Here the eggs will not washed. If you buy them from the market, then they keep in the room temperature. If you buy them from the supermarket, then usually they are stored in the fridge.
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24 Nov
I have heard this. It's just one of those crazy things that American folk do differently. We never store ours in the fridge.
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@montero (4728)
• United States
24 Nov
This is very informative, Thanks for sharing. Learnt something new again
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