|The tools of the trade.|
|See the weak spot at the top?|
As you are wiping your eggs off, watch for cracks or weak spots. A dark spot on the shell of an egg is typically an indicator of a crack or weakness. Press gently with your thumb and listen for the crack. If you hear or see your egg crack, discard it.
|Ready to be spritzed!|
Once your eggs are all inspected and wiped, lay them out on the counter and give them a good spritz with your bleach solution. Roll them around and spritz from another side, just to be sure you get even coverage.
|Thirty good-looking eggs!|
After your eggs are washed and spritzed, they can go into an egg carton, or flat, and be put in your refrigerator. If you have more than one carton, number them so that you know which carton to use first. This way, you can use up the older eggs before they go bad.
If you would like, you can weigh and label your chicken eggs for the purpose of cooking or baking. I use a kitchen scale, set to weigh in grams, to weigh my eggs, and write the size on the bottom of the egg with pencil. Weighing in grams seems to be a bit more accurate. The sizes of chicken eggs are as follows:
Jumbo - Greater than 71 grams
Extra Large - Greater than 64 grams
Large- Greater than 57 grams
Medium - Greater than 50
Small - Greater than 43 grams
Peewee - Greater than 35 grams
|L-R: The smallest chicken egg, largest chicken egg, smallest|
duck egg, and largest duck egg in my basket.
|Merle the duck's giant, monstrous, jumbo-sized egg.|
Treat your duck eggs much as you would chicken eggs. Be sure to cook your duck eggs thoroughly, though, as there may be an increased chance of salmonella associated with them. Also, keep duck eggs away from ready to eat food items, and wash your hands after handling them, for the same reason. Don't want to scare you away, just giving you the facts!
|See the itty-bitty fairy egg?|
On occasion, a bird will lay an egg smaller than a peewee egg. This is commonly referred to as a fairy egg, and is typically not a complete egg. It is sort of a random event, but occurs more frequently in new layers, or in older birds who are ending their laying career.