The difference between a UK and a US egg
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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• Oxford, England
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.
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.
• Oxford, England
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.
• United States
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.
• Kirkwall, Scotland
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!