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Sep 15, 2010 01:44 PM

Fresh Eggs

Does anyone know how long farm fresh eggs are good for? These are locally raised & have never been rinsed. I got them from a co-worker who raises chickens almost 2 weeks ago. There are only a few left & I'm wondering if they're still good. They have not been pasteurized. Thanks.

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  1. Eggs usually last much longer than two weeks, especially if you got them when they were truly fresh. If you're really worried, stick them in a bowl of water to see what happens.

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    1. re: lavaca

      what do you look for... and what does that tell you??

      1. re: acecil

        As eggs age and the contents of the shell loses moisture, the air space at the big end of the egg enlarges. A very fresh egg will basically just sink. A little older and it stands on its pointy end. Much older and it will float. This tells you nothing much - just that it is older. It doesn't necessarily tell you if the egg is rotten or not.

        1. re: Nyleve

          I've been told to pitch an egg that floats outright. I once had a very, very bad egg; so I follow that advice without ever having questioned it.

          1. re: harrie

            The only way to tell a really bad egg is the smell when you crack it open. If you always crack into a bowl first, you should be covered.

            1. re: coll

              ....which was an awful, but worthwhile lesson to learn, two batches of cookie dough later. I can still smell the bad egg if I think about it - plus the egg comes out of the shell in a gross, gray, loose liquid, and it's just disgusting.

              Having had that experience, I 1) no longer buy from that person, who gave me three bad eggs in a $5 dozen; and 2) do the float test and pitch anything that's too floaty. I've since found two good, less expensive, farmers whose eggs (so far) have not only passed the float test with flying colors but also look and taste lovely.

              1. re: harrie

                I worked at a deli for years, and never got a bad egg, even though we must have gone through over a thousand a day. Lots of double yolks, they always came in bunches, that was fun. If you got that many bad ones in a dozen, you did well to find another farmer.

    2. I've gotten eggs from a neighbor and I've kept them for over two weeks. I did keep 'em in the fridge though.

      1. I keep chickens and I can tell you that sometimes, especially in the spring when the hens are really producing, I might have 10 dozen eggs in the fridge. I date the cartons and have used eggs that were two MONTHS old and are still perfectly fine. And I mean perfectly. I don't sell these old eggs - I use them myself. And I suspect that they might even last longer than that but I don't think I've actually had the chance to test that out.

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        1. re: Nyleve

          My frig is often filled with farm (not supermarket) eggs that are more than a month, or even more than two months old! Never had a problem.

          1. re: Nyleve

            My local chicken farmer told me before she started selling them, she used to keep the eggs in her basement covered with straw all winter long,

          2. Great, thanks everyone. I'm sure they're fine, just wanted an extra opinion.

            1. Interesting question. I bought local eggs a few weeks (over 2, but not by much) ago and kept them out on the counter. Made a couple of fried eggs a few days ago which were fine.... BUT when I hard-boiled one yesterday for lunch, it had some icky slimy stuff on the bottom once it was peeled, and I was too grossed out to put it on my sandwich. It didn't smell funny, and I was surprised at the, um, tactile experience of egg goo near a perfectly cooked yolk.

              Any chicken experts wanna chime in? I have 3 eggs left, but now am wary of using them. No goo for me, please!

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              1. re: linguafood

                Not going to guess what the icky goo was, but if the egg doesn't smell funny I would use it for other cooked purposes - baking, scrambled, etc. There are a lot of factors that contribute to weirdness in a hard boiled egg. Strange, isn't it? What seems so simple is often the most difficult thing to pull off perfectly.

                1. re: Nyleve

                  Well, usually my method is letting the room-temp egg come to a boil, then take off the burner and let sit for 12 minutes. This ALWAYS works well, and the eggs come out fine. 'cept this one. This one was kinda gross. And I couldn't bring myself to putting it on or in anything....

                  1. re: linguafood

                    Understood. I would have felt the same way. Dog would have been happy.

                    1. re: Nyleve

                      Ha! The dude (our cat) not so much, me thinks. But then who knows....