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egg storage

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by summerb76, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. summerb76

    summerb76 Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    Lake Como, Florida
    How do I store my fresh eggs? I dont know if I should put them in the fridge or keep them on the counter and for how long. I have gotten 5 eggs in the past 2 days and have them in an egg carten on the counter. Is that ok? Should I do anything different, such as washing or anything?

  2. greyhorsewoman

    greyhorsewoman Songster

    Mar 3, 2008
    Endless Mts, NE PA
    Eat 'em !!

    No really, you can store on the counter in cool weather for several weeks. If you need to wash them, store in refrigerator for a few months.
  3. lalaland

    lalaland Crowing

    Sep 26, 2008
    Pine County MN
    I'ld say don't wash, as that destroys the bloom on the egg - a sort of wax that protects the egg. If necessary, I wipe them before using them. I keep mine in a wire egg basket on the counter, and don't refrigerate them. I think they would keep a good month that way. After a couple of weeks, I do put them in the frig, where they are good for another couple of months if you need to keep that long. I've planned ahead for egg shortages that way, by stockpiling.

    I'm sure some panicked folks will warn you to keep them refrigerated - but in 8 years I've never had a problem, even in hot weather.
  4. waynesgarden

    waynesgarden Feathers of Steel

    Mar 30, 2008
    Oxford County
    Quote:I pop them in the fridge as soon as I bring them inside.

    I'm not panicked, just curious. Is there a benefit to keeping them on the counter a few weeks? I'm wondering why people do that, beyond the fact that you can?

  5. lalaland

    lalaland Crowing

    Sep 26, 2008
    Pine County MN
    I think they taste better than when they are refrigerated, and I also like the look of eggs on the counter. Right now I have huge double yolkers, regular eggs, and bantam eggs, too. And when people visit, they almost always comment on the eggs and that reminds me to send them home with some eggs.

    I'm sorry I said "panicked" - I'm just a little suprised about the fears people have about food - which of course is probably appropriate if you are eating factory food/factory farmed meats, etc.
  6. spatcher

    spatcher Songster

    Apr 13, 2008
    Virginia - Southside
    According to EGH's post above this one, counter eggs age more in one day at room temp than the same egg if refer'ed for one week!

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