Safely store your eggs

Safely store your eggs

There are a lot of questions that go into buying your eggs, but once you’ve done that you need to make sure you handle and store your eggs safely.  Where is the best place to store your eggs? Should you use the egg holder in the refrigerator door?

 The best way to store eggs is to keep them in their carton and not in the egg container that may come with the refrigerator in case you need to look at the Julian or expiration date. The carton should be placed in the coldest part of the refrigerator, not in the door, where temperatures may fluctuate when it is opened and closed.

Minimizing the opportunity for temperature fluctuation is critical to egg safety. FDA requires eggs to be refrigerated on the farm as soon as possible and transported at temperatures of 45 degrees or below. After eggs are refrigerated, it is important to keep them that way. A cold egg left out at room temperature can sweat, facilitating the growth of bacteria that could contaminate the egg. Refrigerated eggs should not be left out for more than two hours.

It’s not necessary to wash eggs you’ve purchased at a grocery store before preparing your eggs. At the egg processing plant, government regulations require that USDA-graded eggs be carefully washed and sanitized before being packed and packaged for the store.

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