Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Pic Today 2/1/11


It's crazy . . .
the rest of the world sells and stores eggs
at room temperature.
In Mexico and most of South America,
eggs are sold "on the shelf", and never refrigerated.
In fact, they love their eggs so much in Colombia,
they have stores, Huevos de Mercada, that
sell nothing but eggs!

So what's with the U.S.A.?
Why are eggs sold refrigerated, next to the milk?
And why do we keep our eggs in the 'fridge?

Eggs have a natural antibiotic coating on them
when they're laid by the hen.
This serves to protect the egg from disease
and preserve its life.
Unwashed, home laid eggs do NOT need to be refrigerated,
and last for up to 3-4 weeks at room temperature.

Here's the catch . . .

Commercial egg farms here wash the eggs before packing
and shipping to grocery chains across the country.
At the plant (the really huge industrial chicken-cage plant)
government regulations require that U.S.D.A. graded eggs
be carefully washed and sanitized using special detergents.
And POOF!, the protective coating is gone,
The eggs now need to be refrigerated to prevent spoilage.

And get this . . .

Most of the contaminated, salmonella infected eggs
are found in the "washed and refrigerated" eggs,
not the natural "un-washed" ones.

Crazy, huh?

Solution: Buy local farm fresh eggs at your farmers market.
They taste better. They're safer.
And you'll have more room in your refrigerator.


  1. It's crazy, yes. In Spain, eggs are sold on the self but when we arrive at home, we place eggs into the refrigerator! It's bizarre... jajaja. Very interesting post.

    Kisses for you.

  2. Beautiful, colorful eggs - I want an egg for Easter ;o)

    Hugs Rick!

  3. and... You know, in Poland, our grandmothers always keep eggs in the pantry, never in the refrigerator. Grandmothers knew what they were doing ;o)

  4. Very funny this series.

    Saludos desde España...

  5. Suomessa kaupoissa munat ovat normaalissa huone-lämmössä.
    Kotona tulee useasti laitettua munat viieään...
    Ei niitä siellä kuitenkaan kauaa säilytetä...!

  6. I do not know Rick, but if I would have to know a place like this.
    Thank you for your visit.

  7. buenas imagenes, gracias por el comentario a mi blog...un abrazo.

  8. I'm really lucky to have a local provider of eggs. :-)

    Have a nice day!

  9. I love the pink lady!!!So funny and Charming!
    xx Ilka

  10. Thanks for the very interesting information. There are a lot of stupid things we do in the West with our food. Like putting a coat on apples and other fruit to make them shine = toxic and unnecessary.
    warm greetings

  11. egg shops... nothing better then the fresh eggs from our little chickens- i never put them in the fridge. great story! thank you for your lovely comments rick. till soon! mady