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Monday
Sep142015

How long does a farm fresh egg last?

You look forward to that richly colored yolk, the delectable goodness that is conveniently wrapped up in one small perfectly formed shell.  Nearly everyone has a story about a delicious farm fresh egg!  And we agree, pastured and organic fed eggs are unbeatable!

Many of our Customers sing high praises for our eggs.  Our Customers like them so much, they don't want to run out.  However, Nature has a different plan and our hens do not lay much at all during the winter.  So, oftentimes, on a pretense of stocking up, I am asked how long our eggs keep.  Other customers just want the convenience of picking up eggs only once a month (or two), so they need to know if our eggs will stay fresh that long.

Seeing as how we can easily go through 4 dozen a week, our eggs don't ever get the chance to sit around getting old.  So, I decided to do a little test.  I set aside some eggs on August 29, 2014.  These eggs were all laid on the day I gathered them.  I prepared them as I do for customers, spot-washing as needed to preserve the natural bloom on the egg that helps it stay fresh.  (Did you know store eggs are washed with a chemical sanitizer and the natural bloom is removed?)   I marked each egg with the date, put them in a carton and stored the eggs in the fridge.  Fridge space is precious around here, so you can be assured this was an important project!

I cracked open each egg and took pictures to share what I discovered.  I tested one egg each month for 8 months (that's all I saved, I hadn't planned on doing this a whole year!) and then saved one egg for the one year mark because a year old egg just sounded pretty neat.   

By 'tested,' I mean I cracked open the egg, assessed the overall quality, fluidity, smell, and color.  Then, I scrambled or fried it up and ate it for breakfast.  Would you believe, every single egg was good?  I'm here to tell the tale :)  The eggs had their usual rich yolk from being raised free range on pasture.  The eggs smelled like eggs - nothing rotten or foul.  They all had fluid yolks and albumin.  I did notice a slight drying out in the  one year old egg which was evidenced by less fluidity.  The one year egg yolk was darker (from air exposure I presume).  Still edible, but clearly less fluid.  (my camera had a glitch and I lost the one year egg pics)

So, what does all this mean?  I'm actually NOT suggesting you try to store a year's worth of eggs all at once.  However, I do suggest that if you love your pastured, organic fed eggs from Synergistic Acres* that you stock up when you can.  That might mean an extra dozen or two on a regular basis when available or it might mean getting extra in the summer flush of egg laying to reserve for winter eating.  Pasture raised eggs are a seasonal product.  Of course, you can cut back your egg consumption in the off season, but it might help extend your personal egg eating season to bolster your stash before egg production declines.  Tell your farmher that you'll take a few extra dozen when they are available and I will get them to you as soon as I can!

 

*Every farm is different and your mileage may vary if your eggs are from another farm.  There are definitely well-raised eggs out there, just ask questions when you visit to SEE FOR YOURSELF to ensure you are buying what you think you are buying              /end soapbox (for now!)

 

Know your farmer, know your food!

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