Washed or Unwashed Eggs?

When laid, an egg is coated with a protective coating called “bloom” which dries on the shell and seals it. The bloom helps protect the egg and keep it fresh by blocking gasses and bacteria from passing through the porous egg shell. Eggs also get other material on them from the hen’s feet, or the bedding they’re laid in. Commercial eggs are washed so as to remove anything on the shell, including the bloom. This is another reason for the difference in freshness between commercially produced eggs and home produced eggs.

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The Backyard Homestead Book Review

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The Backyard Homestead

This is an excellent book.  We’ve read a number of similar books, and this is our favorite.

The Backyard Homestead has great overviews on gardening, raising animals, landscaping with plants, maintaining fruit trees, keeping bees, homebrewing, cheese making, and more.  While each of these topics is broad enough that you should have other guides or references if you want to undertake them, this book helps show how each of these areas fit into a backyard setup.

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Dehydrating Walla Walla Sweets

We’ve been dehydrating Walla Walla Sweets like mad this year, keeping the dehydrator going ’round the clock.  This is actually the first time we’ve used our dehydrator, so we spent some time looking for information about drying onions with a high water content like Walla Walla Sweets and didn’t find much.  While this information is fairly simple, it doesn’t appear to be out there anywhere else.  Please let us know if you find this helpful.

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