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Fresh Eggs Washed or Unwashed?

Eggs are laid with a natural coating on the shell that is applied as the last step in the laying process called the “bloom” or sometimes the “cuticle”. This coating is the first line of defense in keeping air and bacteria out of the egg. Since eggshells are porous, if you wash your eggs as soon as you collect them, you are removing that natural barrier.

Unwashed eggs will last at least two weeks un-refrigerated, and three months if refrigerated.  Washed eggs should be refrigerated, and will last at least two months, but won’t taste as fresh as an unwashed egg of the same age.