At our farm, we raise more than just goats. Our chickens are just as needed, and have just as much personality, as our goats do when it comes to keeping the farm running smoothly. Breakfast would be less enjoyable, and our baked goods would not be as tasty, without the farm fresh eggs that Brent gathers in the morning.
Even if you don’t have your own chickens, there are many ways to get your hands on a dozen or two farm fresh eggs. While there are more steps involved than just putting a carton away in your fridge, it’s worth buying fresh eggs for the flavor and the satisfaction of knowing you are helping your friendly neighborhood farmer.
Here are three easy steps for caring and storing your farm fresh eggs.
Step 1: Pick your eggs
Eggs have natural mechanisms in place to make sure the yummy yolk and white inside are kept safe. If you are collecting an egg that has been recently laid, it may still feel a little wet or tacky to the touch. This is called the bloom, which is a natural coating on the eggshell. Eggshells are naturally porous, and this bloom creates an antibacterial barrier between the shell and the rest of the world.
When inspecting your eggs, check for cracks and any other signs of trauma to the egg. If you find any bits of dirt or even a feather, that’s fine! We’ll take care of it in the next step.
Step 2: Pick your cleaning method
Before you eat or store your eggs, the first thing you need to do (if it hasn’t been done already) is clean your eggs. If you are collecting your eggs from your own backyard, make sure that your hens are laying eggs on freshly laid straw.
Some choose to not clean their eggs, relying on the bloom to protect the inside of the egg. For those who want to clean off their eggs, it’s time to pick a dry or wet method. A soft, dry cloth gives the eggs a quick wipe down and can preserve the bloom. You can always individually run your eggs under a running tap or place your eggs in a bowl or clean sink and saturate them with water. No need for soap, vinegar or other cleaning agents. Warm water is just fine.
Step 3: Pick your storage option
You have two options for storage. You can place the eggs in your fridge, which will extend shelf life. Usually the rule of thumb is one day in room-temperature storage equals one week of refrigerator storage.
Another way is to store them on your counter or a similar cool, dry place. You can even arrange them on an egg board. Egg boards are a stylish alternative to a regular cardboard container and keep your eggs in an easy-to-reach place. Egg boards are also handy for getting any cold eggs warmed up to room temp before using in baking or cooking. Whether you use the board for form or function, you worked hard for those eggs (or maybe you didn’t, we’ll keep your secret), and you should show them off!
Farm fresh eggs are great anytime of the day or night. With some simple steps, you can have eggs on hand for any occasion.