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Best temperature to store eggs?

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We are getting an insane amount of eggs this year and, since I only sell them once a week, I am setting up a mini refrigerator just for the eggs.  Does anyone know the optimal temperature to maintain freshness?  Also, at this temperature, how long are the eggs still fresh and able to be sold?  Thank you!

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There are several discussion threads with reference to this subject on this forum. First and foremost if you are selling your eggs commercially in your state you should follow the guidelines set forth by the state department of food and agriculture. Eggs Typically should be stored at or below 40°F and above 0°F for commercial sale.

We however keep our eggs on the counter at normal room temperature for up to 3-4 weeks. We do not wash our eggs just wipe them off with dry towel. You will find mixed information regarding egg storage in the forum; people will state placing eggs in refrigeration dehydrates eggs. Some will say refrigeration changes taste of eggs; I happen to agree that it does both.

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We are getting an insane amount of eggs this year and, since I only sell them once a week, I am setting up a mini refrigerator just for the eggs.  Does anyone know the optimal temperature to maintain freshness?  Also, at this temperature, how long are the eggs still fresh and able to be sold?  Thank you!


It depends upon your state rules.  Federal guidelines have required unprocessed eggs to be stored at 60F or below for a number of years.  In an effort to reduce cases of salmonella poisoning the FDA now requires large producers to store unprocessed eggs below 45F.  All eggs processed or not, are also required to be transported below 45F and received at retail below 45F.  Some states required them to be stored at retail below 41F...

How long are the eggs able to be sold?  Once again it depends upon your state rules, but generally eggs are processed and packaged within one week of lay.  The "Sell By Date" is usually 30 days from the date they were processed and packaged, although some states allow up to 45 days...

Clear as mud?

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Originally Posted by Mac in Wisco 
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Originally Posted by piccolini 

We are getting an insane amount of eggs this year and, since I only sell them once a week, I am setting up a mini refrigerator just for the eggs.  Does anyone know the optimal temperature to maintain freshness?  Also, at this temperature, how long are the eggs still fresh and able to be sold?  Thank you!


It depends upon your state rules.  Federal guidelines have required unprocessed eggs to be stored at 60F or below for a number of years.  In an effort to reduce cases of salmonella poisoning the FDA now requires large producers to store unprocessed eggs below 45F.  All eggs processed or not, are also required to be transported below 45F and received at retail below 45F.  Some states required them to be stored at retail below 41F...

How long are the eggs able to be sold?  Once again it depends upon your state rules, but generally eggs are processed and packaged within one week of lay.  The "Sell By Date" is usually 30 days from the date they were processed and packaged, although some states allow up to 45 days...

Clear as mud?


Yep clear as mud. lau

You would think the FDA would set the standard then each state would follow that rule. Many countries in Europe do not refrigerate eggs at all.

Always follow your states requirements to be safe.


Edited by JPHorvath - 9/7/11 at 8:39pm
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Originally Posted by Mac in Wisco 

It depends upon your state rules.  Federal guidelines have required unprocessed eggs to be stored at 60F or below for a number of years.  In an effort to reduce cases of salmonella poisoning the FDA now requires large producers to store unprocessed eggs below 45F.  All eggs processed or not, are also required to be transported below 45F and received at retail below 45F.  Some states required them to be stored at retail below 41F...

How long are the eggs able to be sold?  Once again it depends upon your state rules, but generally eggs are processed and packaged within one week of lay.  The "Sell By Date" is usually 30 days from the date they were processed and packaged, although some states allow up to 45 days...

Clear as mud?


Unless you find out differently from your state regulations I'd go with that Mac says.

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