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An Brief Overview of the Process


Before I empty any eggs, I scrub them with water using a sponge and/or a 3M Scotch Brite © heavy duty scour pad. Most eggs are clean to begin with though some from a farm may be muddy depending on where the egg was laid.

My hand held rotary drill and the Blas-Fix © pump I use.

Here are cartons of clean eggs ready to empty. These are Bobwhite Quail eggs.

Close up of an egg with the end marked with a pencil showing where to drill. I usually drill the larger end.

After I drill the hole, I pierce the yolk with the blunt needle of the pump.

Pumping air into the egg will force out all the contents; it falls away from your hand because of the bent tube. This method means you only have one hole in the egg.

Next I fill the eggs with a stream of water from the tap to rinse. I fill half way, shake, fill to overflowing and let them sit until I finish a tray full. I then repeat the pumping process until the water is clear and the egg is clean.

After the clear water is pumped out, I invert the eggs on my drying stands until they are dry inside. I made these stands using boards and coat hangers. This photo shows some eggs drying that have been varnished.

Cartons of eggs, empty and clean.

Eggs will keep indefinately and are ready for use. I store my clean shells in egg cartons, or boxes for the larger duck and goose eggs.


Cotournix and Bobwhite Quail eggs in my sink during cleaning process.


Copyright 1999 Barbara Novak