Egg Safety

IMG_0662Have any egg laying hens on the farm? Here are a few tips on how to collect, keep, and cook with them the safe way.

  • Wash your hands with antibacterial soap both before and after cleaning eggs.
  • Cleaning, the dry method: Use a dry method like brushing off the eggs with a dry brush or emery cloth, or even lightly sanding the dirty spots off with sandpaper.
  • Cleaning, the wet method: If washing with water, it must be 20 degrees warmer than the egg (at least 90 degrees) using a sanitizer approved for egg washing, and dried immediately.
  • Refrigerate eggs at 45 degrees or less for 30 to 40 days.
  • Crack into a small bowl before dumping into your mixing bowl. Eggs with blood spots on the yolk are safe to eat, but can be removed if you prefer.
  • Never eat raw eggs; cook until yolks are firm, or cook foods containing eggs to 160 degrees F.

For more information on egg safety, check out this article published by Living the Country Life.

About Farm Safety For Just Kids

Farm Safety For Just Kids is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting a safe farm environment to prevent health hazards, injuries, and fatalities to rural children and youth. We produce and distribute educational materials addressing various dangers commonly found in the rural environment. Farm Safety For Just Kids is supported by a chapter network of grassroots volunteers located throughout the United States and Canada. The organization also has part-time outreach coordinators in several states. Chapters, outreach coordinators, and volunteers conduct educational programs to raise awareness about safety and health issues affecting their communities.
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