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I saw this on doomsday preppers, where the lady rubbed mineral oil over the eggs to mimick as they naturally come out of the chicken to keep them fresh for 9-12 months. Thoughts on this? I know the permeble (mspled) layer will be sealed from oxygent to some extent, sorta like surfactant. I guess I will do that next time I buy some eggs and just sit them out in the open, break a few in a month, then a few more a month later etc and see the results.
 

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Re: Rubbing oil over eggs to keep them fresh for 9-12 months

Thanks, I will try that. I am testing another method of storing eggs in cornmeal. So far, they have been packed for about 2 weeks and are OK.
 

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Re: Rubbing oil over eggs to keep them fresh for 9-12 months

could you dip them in a food grade wax or even beez wax? that would seal them up with only a moment of time in the hot wax as to not damage them? If I had beez or knew where I could get it locally I would try. How can you tell if they are still good and not gone south?
 

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I have eggs stored in cornmeal and some with mineral oil. I tried one in cornmeal after 3 months and it was still good. I haven't tried the ones with mineral oil yet. I have heard to test the eggs, put it in some water. If it floats it is bad and throw it out. I haven't tried that yet, but it sounds logical.
 

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I have eggs stored in cornmeal and some with mineral oil. I tried one in cornmeal after 3 months and it was still good. I haven't tried the ones with mineral oil yet. I have heard to test the eggs, put it in some water. If it floats it is bad and throw it out. I haven't tried that yet, but it sounds logical.
Ah, I forgot about the old egg float trick. It has something to do with the little air bubble in the top of the egg that has built up for gasses. The longer they set, the more this air sac is supposed to rise with air, thus creating spoilage due to air exposure.
 

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Re: Rubbing oil over eggs to keep them fresh for 9-12 months

what it is, is if you just leave the eggs with the layer of mucous they come in, they will keep the same way. They get washed off and it lets them spoil. If you cover them with peanut or mineral oil it does the same thing as the natural coating of mucous.
 

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Re: Rubbing oil over eggs to keep them fresh for 9-12 months

I read somewhere that the oil trick doesn't really work. They say because when you buy eggs at the supermarket they are washed which washes the natural protection off. There is some kind of gel out there you can submerge them in but there again I am assuming that would be fresh from the chicken in order for it to work.
 

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Great articles. Thanks!
 

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Thank you for the*informative*posts.
Thanks for reviving this thread, princess!

I get my eggs from a friend who has chickens (naturally prepared to last longer than store-bought) but city folks might need this info.
 

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When I had a lot of chickens and was selling eggs, we had to wash them and refrigerate them, but the ones we kept, went on the counter unwashed and with a marker were dated, Fresh out of the chicken I have eaten a one month old free range egg, and they were good. But I saw this mineral oil trick and am going to try it from my own
 

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Sorry, but are we talking store bought eggs or fresh from the farm eggs? Not an eggspert (humor) but I can't help but think this would only apply to the farm fresh eggs?
please clarify...
store bought eggs are washed which removes the natural oils that are present on a new egg. these oils basically have sealed up the egg so that bacteria is unable to enter the porous egg shell, which would eventually lead to the egg spoiling. Even though the eggs from the store may be old you will still be able to extend their life in this way
 

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Why do North Americans wash chicken eggs? I've never heard of this before I first visited here.
 

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Store bought average 3 weeks, but co-op eggs and organic only 2 weeks and less
 

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Why do North Americans wash chicken eggs? I've never heard of this before I first visited here.
Because there is "stuff" on the eggs when they are laid. Nasty looking. :shock:
 

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I saw that episode too. Been meaning to try it. I wonder if submerging in oil would be a better idea. Otherwise, I would think you'd have to turn them often to keep the oil on the eggs.
 
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