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  1. lifesimply.rocks
    March 27, 2017
    Wow, great post. The US is known for the clean freakiness but this is way too exaggerated. We always buy fresh eggs directly from farmers to avoid those kind of things but this is really good to know. Great article.

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  2. Rhonda Albom
    March 14, 2017
    I had a similar thought when I first moved to New Zealand (although I NEVER thought USA had the best or cleanest food). This is really interesting. And sort of gross. About halfway through this article I mentally added eggs to the long list of things I will avoid if I go back for a visit. But then your nerdy experiment, eww. Thanks for a clear and concise answer. Rhonda Albom recently posted...Waterfall Gully: A Hike Through Shakespear Park in New ZealandMy Profile

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  3. Jules and Christine (@DontForget2Move)
    October 7, 2014
    Hmm! Thanks for clearing that up! I've always heard different sides on the "refrigerate or not" debate. The egg industry in the US is pretty darn awful. I always buy my eggs from farmers markets and they have a ton of dirt on them. Thats how I know I can trust them! Haha.

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  4. adrianstraveltales
    September 19, 2014
    Bahahaha! I looked the same thing up when I moved to Asia and had the same reaction. I read an article that said both are 100% safe to eat, as long as you continue the process. So if they are cleaned, they must stay refrigerated. If they aren't cleaned, keep them uncleaned until you use them. :)

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  5. Adelina | PackMeTo
    September 4, 2014
    What a great post! I remember wondering the same thing the first time I moved to Europe. I still find it strange that eggs and milk are on a shelf and not in the fridge, but I've grown pretty use to it. Love the experiment and the visual way of showing the difference.

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  6. Anna | slightly astray
    September 1, 2014
    This is a fascinating read! i try to buy as natural as I can, but i think there is just no way in the USA because of all the laws and stuff. I definitely prefer the "dirty eggs" in Europe and South America because I know they came natural straight from the chicken! This is another huge reason why I want to get out of the State!!!

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  7. bavariansojourn
    September 1, 2014
    As a European I love posts like this, and I also learned something too! I had no idea this even crossed peoples minds! :)

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  8. SJ @ Chasing the Donkey
    August 31, 2014
    Between this and the milk you've answered some of lifes mysteries for my new EU life. Thanks Stacey. I am kind of sad (and grossed out) to think that the USA does not require those shots!!! Thanks for linking up with us for #SundayTraveler again.

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  9. Sammi Egan
    August 31, 2014
    Ohmygosh! That's terrifying! It never ceases to amaze me how you American folk do things differently. Where I live, we also get milk straight from the farm. Pre- pasteurisation. It's delicious ;)

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  10. Elaine
    August 29, 2014
    That explains why the eggs were so clean when I was living in the US! I prefer the natural way!

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  11. Marie-Carmen
    August 29, 2014
    I'm from Europe and I had no idea you cleaned your eggs like this in the US! For me it just makes sense that the "dirtier" they are, the fresher and better they are. We use to get our eggs at our neighbours when I was younger, I'd go to his backyard and pick it up from the chicks. I can say I've learned something today!

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  12. Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist
    August 28, 2014
    I love this. As a vet we learned all this at uni, and now it's just frustrating when people get upset at a little bit of feather against a wax coating and clean living conditions. That said, you have to be careful those clean-egg-producing conditions are also humane - some of the designs for cleanliness leave a bit to be desired there.

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  13. alliblair
    August 27, 2014
    Whoa! Luckily I get my eggs from my aunt and uncle's farm - fresh from the chicken coop! :)

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  14. 2foodtrippers
    August 27, 2014
    Even though we are in the USA, we prefer to eat farm eggs instead of grocery store eggs. The farm eggs cost more and are less pretty, but they taste so much better. I think that I would also like the dirty eggs.

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    • BasketsLife
      August 27, 2014
      I agree we also really like the fresh eggs and we will even drink farm fresh milk if we can find it - my kids love it. :) Thank you for stopping by!

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  15. Dave Cole
    August 26, 2014
    Quite the science experiment, Stacey! Living in Africa has accustomed me to the "dirty" eggs, but I never even considered that it could be a protective coating. Can't wait to share this with my wife.

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    • BasketsLife
      August 27, 2014
      Hahah Dave - yes I know my kids were like Geez mom are you a dork or what LOL - but now you can eat them and feel good about it. I bet your wife also wants to know about the boxed milk over here - I have a cool story on that too - :) Thank you for reading.

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  16. Karen Warren (@WorldWideWriter)
    August 25, 2014
    Sounds like yet another example of how doing things (almost) naturally is actually better!

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  17. Pascal Christiaens
    August 25, 2014
    I am just wondering if you have any information how the TTIP would influence US or EU Eggs respectively?

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    • BasketsLife
      August 25, 2014
      Well I dont know a lot about it - nor do I have any at home LOL - However from my reading I think it would slow down the oxidation process of the eggs in turn slowing down the aging of the eggs - not sure how much different it would be from the natural protective coating that is already on the eggs in Europe, but I think it would help the aging of the eggs in the US ~ I knowt is being researched in Germany and will be interesting to see all they use it for.

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  18. Axelle
    August 25, 2014
    Eggcelent post! So many things I didn't know about eggs :)

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    • BasketsLife
      August 25, 2014
      Thank you glad you enjoyed it - :)

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  19. Sandra @ Tripper
    August 25, 2014
    Are we keeping score on this? lol I grew up with fresh eggs. Really fresh eggs, straight from the hen's... lady parts... lol

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    • BasketsLife
      August 25, 2014
      Best way to have them I think hahha straight from the "lady parts" - but if you are used to cleaned and chemically sanitized grocery store eggs from North America- sometimes they can make Expats a little nervous - :)

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