As to how we handle our eggs here at Huevos de Amor San Jorge, most of you are aware that we do not refrigerate our eggs. Our hens are raised in a much cooler environment than at the hotter beach areas so they remain cooler until they are delivered to you within 8 days of being laid. Because it is well known that eggs will last longer if refrigerated, I do recommend that they be refrigerated once you take them home, especially if you do not plan to use them within a week or so. The key is to keep them refrigerated once they have been refrigerated. Leaving the eggs at room temperature for any length of time after having been refrigerated will cause condensation on the surface of the egg. Contaminants can enter the porous egg shells much quicker when they are wet.
Regarding our practices for egg cleaning, because our hens are raised in a free range environment, some of the eggs may need cleaning for esthetic reasons. Most people do not want to buy eggs with debris on the eggs. We also are well aware of the protective benefits of keeping the bloom intact as a protective barrier. After careful research, we have discovered that the best way to clean an egg is to dry brush or sand the shell to remove as much debris as possible. For more stubborn debris, we will quickly wash the shell with warm water and immediately dry it to avoid any transfer of contaminants. Any eggs that have a lot of debris on them are not included in the eggs that we sell. We have been using this method of cleaning eggs from the start of our operation.
Remember, free range eggs are the freshest and most nutritious eggs for you. Plus, knowing that the hens are living a normal life doing what they do best (laying eggs, of course) means you are supporting small businesses that care about animal welfare.