How long to keep eggs ?

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Andy999

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How long to keep eggs ?
« on: August 03, 2008, 17:26 »
Could someone please advice me to the shelf life of a free range egg.I have been the proud owner of 4 chickens for a couple of weeks and am getting 3/4 eggs a day which is great.

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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2008, 18:15 »
I believe they are ok for 4 weeks. If you are looking at selling them i think they need to be date stamped though. People tend to use food colouring and a date stamp ;)

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Date stamping eggs...
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2008, 23:44 »
Probably a daft question, but how do you mark eggs when laid, and long can you store them for?

Is fridge, or roomish tempritture best?

Many thanks in advance for any advice.

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Kate and her Ducks

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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2008, 23:51 »
I keep mine at room temperature. I used to mark them with the date in pencil but as I keep them in a rack I know which are the oldest as they are at the front. They are never around long enough for me to worry about them going off :D
Be like a duck. Calm on the surface but always paddling like the dickens underneath.

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« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2008, 09:32 »
I date all my eggs with a pencil as they laid and keep them in a fridge.  As far as I am aware if you sell eggs they are best kept at room temperature like supermarket eggs as if you put them in the fridge then someone buys them from you and keeps them at room temperature they can go off quicker.  I only keep eggs for four weeks at most
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« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2008, 09:43 »
Oooooooooops I better get a pencil then.  Thanks for this informative thread.
Stuart


Dont worry I am just paranoid duckie.

If I get the wrong end of the stick its because I have speed read. Honest.

Blar blar blar blar snorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre.

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Kate and her Ducks

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« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2008, 17:41 »
I also read that in shops less than 21 days is classified as fresh. Less than 9 days counts as ultra fresh!!!. Don't think i've had a egg get to 9 days except for the one I am desperately holding on to for some reason since they stopped laying :oops:

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« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2008, 08:23 »
Quote from: "Kate and her Ducks"
I also read that in shops less than 21 days is classified as fresh. Less than 9 days counts as ultra fresh!!!. Don't think i've had a egg get to 9 days except for the one I am desperately holding on to for some reason since they stopped laying :oops:
 Where did you find that Kate have you a website address?

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« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2008, 08:43 »
hmm i refrigerate mine, but have a hen that could keep them in.
I rotate them religiously. :)
What sort of racks do you use?

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« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2008, 08:46 »
I have started marking my eggs as it helps me know when where why and what.  I am still amazed that eggs can be kept for so long.

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« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2008, 13:06 »
Quote from: "Kate and her Ducks"
I also read that in shops less than 21 days is classified as fresh. Less than 9 days counts as ultra fresh!!!....


Ok I have found this its a PDF and the information about fresh eggs is page 16 -17 http://www.defra.gov.uk/foodrin/poultry/pdfs/eggqual.pdf Very useful document. Wonder if Aunt Sally will add it to useful info?



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