Eggs have a high nutritional value and are one of the common ingredients at home. When preserving eggs, there will be questions like: should eggs be cleaned? How to clean the egg? Here are some ways to clean eggs!
Dry cleaned eggs
1. Check your eggs.
If there are any cracks or breaks in the eggshell, discard it immediately.
If the shell has cracked, bacteria may have entered the egg and it is not safe to eat it.
If the eggshell is already clean, there is no need to wash it.
Many people think that it is unnecessary to wash eggs, or even harmful because washing eggs will wash away the natural protective layer on the eggs-the so-called “powder cream”, which will prevent harmful bacteria from entering the eggs. Of course, this is a must for clean eggs. If the eggs have any dust, feathers, or hen excrement attached to them, clean them, and the egg will be cleaner.
2. Eggs dry cleaned with sponge or loofah.
Most dust can be cleaned by sponge or loofah.
All you need to do is gently wipe the eggs with a sponge or sandpaper until the dirt is gone.
It should be noted that you should not use too much force when cleaning, and be careful to wipe out cracks.
Try not to wipe the areas that are inherently clean. The more complete the “powder cream” that protects the eggshell, the better.
Wash and sanitize eggs
1. Decide whether to clean and disinfect the eggs.
If you cannot remove all the dirt from the dry cleaning, sometimes it is necessary to wash the eggs in water.
Please note that washing the eggs will wash away the “powder cream”. This makes the porous eggshell more susceptible to bacterial painting, thereby reducing the shelf life of the egg.
However, dirty, unwashed eggs are also harmful to health. If you are about to use the eggs and follow the correct storage method, it will be fine to remove the “powder cream”.
2. Use two bowls to pour warm or hot water.
In a bowl, add a little detergent, such as an odorless dishwasher or washing powder or specific egg cleaning products.
In another bowl, add a small amount of bleach-about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon.
Whether using detergent or bleach, in order to protect your hands, wear rubber gloves.
If you don’t like to use detergent, you can simply rinse the eggs with clean water.
If you don’t like to use bleach, use one part water and one part distilled white vinegar instead of disinfectant.
3. Make sure that the water you use is warmer than the egg itself.
The temperature of the water you use to clean your eggs is very important.
Coldwater is a major taboo. If you wash your eggs with cold water, it will cause the contents of the eggs to shrink and the resulting vacuum will introduce bacteria into the eggs. This will contaminate the eggs.
The ideal temperature for washing eggs is at least 11°C, which is warmer than the eggs themselves.
Therefore, according to the freshness of the eggs, the water temperature should usually be between 32.2-49°C.
Warm water will cause the contents of the egg to swell and push the microbes into the shell.
4. Clean each egg individually.
Each time, soak each egg in water with detergent and wipe off any hardened dirt with your fingers.
If necessary, scrub with a small brush.
Rinse the eggs with hot water to clean up the detergent, and then dip them in the bleach (or vinegar) on the eggs for purification. Place the eggs on a clean paper towel to dry.
Repeat the above process with the remaining eggs. If you wash more than three dozen eggs, it is necessary to change the water.
It is important that you only dip the eggs in warm water and not let them sit or soak. Otherwise, they might start cooking!
5. Save the eggs.
Once the eggs have been washed, disinfected, and dried, you need to store them properly. Put the eggs in the egg carton. Write the date on the box for easy identification.
Eggs are mainly stored in the refrigerator at a temperature of 35°F to 40°F. They should not be stored on the shelf in front of the refrigerator because it is relatively warm.
Do not put eggs near odorous foods, such as green onions, garlic, or fish, because eggs can absorb these odors and affect their taste.
If the storage method is correct, the eggs can be kept fresh for more than three weeks.