Grocery shopping: Egg Edition – The Burning Question

I just came across this 4 month old article on a sidebar from something I was reading.

Why American Eggs Would Be Illegal In A British Uruguayan Supermarket, And Vice Versa – Forbes. (my title modification)

It answers, in probably more detail than you wanted (chicken feces! liquid membranes!) one of my burning questions when I first started living here – Why the heck are the eggs just sitting out warm in the middle of the store?

And it’s variant at the weekly outdoor feria, “People actually buy eggs that are sitting out in a vendor’s booth loose all day in the hot sun, and take them home wrapped in newspaper?”

Yes. They do. I am now one of those people. Every week or so, I go see the Egg Man, and come home with 12 or 15 wrapped up in an old El Pais or La República. When I get them home, yes I put them in the refrigerator, but that is mostly just old americano habit. They go in as-is, the occasional chicken feces and all.

The idea is, you wash the egg off just before cracking it if you’re cooking an omelet, fried eggs, egg drop soup, or as an ingredient. And definitely wash them before boiling them, because there is always one wiseguy who cracks under pressure and I don’t want that self-selected breakfast egg getting a bath of that, even at 100C.

Yummy eggs. Think I’ll go boil me a batch to have some for breakfast or an egg salad sandwich. Got a newspaper wrap of a bunch of them right here.

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Site co-owner Mark Mercer. AKA Marcos Cristoforo Mercer, AKA the Fuzzy Wanderer. Expat from USA living in Uruguay as of mid-2012, after "test-driving" it for a few months in 2011 and early 2012. Married to Lisamaria, AKA well-known travel and fitness writer Lisa Marie Mercer. Follow Mark on Twitter @mcmxs and his many other sites, which you can find at I write and engage about many of my other interests, on Google+ at