Carrying eggs home after purchase some of your eggs break and spill onto the rest. You take them all out carefully but don’t want to store them with exposed white/yolk on the shells lest they get very rotten and smelly.

But washing all of them as I did last week risks removing the bloom and thus shortening the storage life.

What is the best practice here to maximise shelf life?

Note: these are unwashed eggs in England.

  • We still don't know where you live or if your country's eggs are already washed.
    – Tetsujin
    Sep 20, 2023 at 15:24
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    Fair point; They aren’t prewashed, and I’m in England. Sep 20, 2023 at 15:29

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For UK unwashed eggs, I'd just wipe them off with some kitchen roll, allow them to dry & put them in the fridge, as normal.

You can't 'fix' it by washing them thoroughly, as then they become 'amateur washed eggs' with less protection than they would have in a country that does wash eggs as a matter of course.
A bit of dried egg really won't be a prime target for going off, compared to a badly-washed one.

  • Great point. But what do you think I should do now that I’ve washed all of them to be rather squeaky-clean? Sep 20, 2023 at 18:36
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    Eat them inside a week.
    – Tetsujin
    Sep 20, 2023 at 18:40

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