What is optimum time for eggs to go in fridge?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Frogdogtimestwo, Oct 24, 2008.

  1. Frogdogtimestwo

    Frogdogtimestwo Songster

    May 21, 2008
    Out of curiosity and not finding the answer when I searched. Why do some say they leave eggs out on counter for days before refrigerating and some do not wait. I realize most would say bacteria issues, but how long is enough time before going in the fridge? Sometimes when I collect eggs in the morning they are really cold already and others I have collected warm sit on the counter for a few hours then stick them in the fridge. I want to give eggs to my elderly neighbors and not worry about any harm to them. Thanks
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2008
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap

    If you are giving them to your neighbor, I would go ahead and put them in the fridge. Some people leave them out because they use them so fast it doesn't matter. Fresh eggs have "bloom" on them which keeps the bacteria out, so a week on the counter isn't going to hurt them unless they have been washed.

    I also know that leaving them on the counter for a few days before hard boiling them makes them easier to peel. Fresh eggs don't peel so well.
  3. Frogdogtimestwo

    Frogdogtimestwo Songster

    May 21, 2008
    but I read last week that someone was getting mold inside their refrigerated eggs, is that from putting them in the fridge too soon? and they stated they had not washed the bloom off. Could that be a shell problem? Or did I read into it wrong. I just don't want elderly people who could have compromised immune systems get a moldy egg. I just want to be 100% sure of the right answer [​IMG]
  4. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

    Apr 22, 2008
    I think the mold thing was an isolated incident. I don't know of anyone else who has had that problem. If mine are warm when I collect them, I let them sit on the counter until they are room temp. and then put them in the fridge.
  5. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap

    That mold thing was isolated. It is the first time and the last time I have ever heard of that.
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Eggs could have been damp, carton damp and mold grew. Or sometimes, a fiber carton can get stuck onto the shell of the egg and looks like mold. I just put them straight in the fridge, or sit out. Doesn't really matter.
  7. Frogdogtimestwo

    Frogdogtimestwo Songster

    May 21, 2008
    GOOD! I try not be paranoid, but we are the youngest family in our neighborhood and they barely talk to us as is, I can't imagine if I gave them bad eggs. I am trying to make nice with them since my 2 roosters are obnoxious crowers :[​IMG]
  8. Frogdogtimestwo

    Frogdogtimestwo Songster

    May 21, 2008
    Thank you everyone! I am glad to hear the temp of the egg going into the fridge doesn't matter and that mold was an isolated incident.
  9. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    only reason to leave them out before refrigerating is if you think you wanna use them at room-temperature (r.t. eggs do work better for some things, like beating egg whites for meringues) or if you just figure you'll use 'em before they go bad and have more space on the countertop than the fridge.

    only reason to put 'em in the fridge AFTER they've been sitting on the counter is if you realize you were wrong and probably *won't* use 'em up so fast as all that [​IMG]


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