Eggs are a staple that many families keep in their refrigerators on a routine basis. There are many different types of eggs to choose from at the grocery store, including brown or white, caged, cage-free, organic, free range, or omega 3.
A versatile food, eggs are used in everything from baking to salads to as a meal. Eggs must, however, be eaten before they are spoiled, to avoid sickness.
Eggs should always be purchased from a refrigerated case, and consumers should always check the dates stamped on the egg cartons before buying and bringing home to one’s own refrigerator, according to Egg Safety.org.
Storing eggs in the refrigerator
Many people often ask the question whether or not eggs can be stored in the refrigerator door. They should not.
While older refrigerators often had a specific egg shelf in the door, newer refrigerators tend to not built an egg storage container within the door because it is not a good idea to store eggs in the door. Once you bring eggs home, they should be stored in the refrigerator, but in a colder section of the fridge.
This is because of the fact the door is frequently opened and closed, which means the eggs are not being kept as cold as they should be due to the constant variation of temperatures (milk and other dairy products should also not be kept inside refrigerator door compartments for the same reason).
EggSafety.org also recommends eggs are refrigerated at 45 degrees Fahrenheit or below, and to place them in the coldest part of the fridge, specifying not the door because the “temperature fluctuations can lead to bacteria growth”.
You can safely keep eggs in the refrigerator for about 3 to 5 weeks, depending on what the dates were when the carton was purchased. Egg Safety also notes that the “sell-by” date stamped on egg cartons will likely expire during the 3 to 5 weeks, however, the eggs are still safe to consume.
Can you freeze eggs?
Did you know you can safely freeze eggs? They cannot be frozen in the shell as they are purchased, however, eggs can safely be stored for up to one year in the freezer, according to the The American Egg Board, which is appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
Food safety industries recommend eggs be frozen in carefully sealed containers and labeled with the date they were packaged. For more tips on ways to freeze eggs, The American Egg Board outlines some guidelines for safe storage, defrosting and consumption.
Eggs are one of those foods people like to keep on hand to use in various recipes or meals. However, in order to avoid contamination or sickness, it is important to keep them safely stored.