Do you put your eggs in the fridge?

@TinaP40 (329)
Spain
April 14, 2008 1:31pm CST
I do but someone told me today that you shouldnt? I have never heard of eggs being kept in the cupboard have you? Doesnt this make them go off quicker?
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@shizuoka (352)
• United States
14 Apr 08
Eggs are kept in the refrigerated section of the supermarket, so unless you buy them from a farmer, I don't see the point in not refrigerating them. I always keep mine in the refrigerator and would be afraid not too, especially during the summer months.
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• United States
14 Apr 08
I thought that was odd too, about 10 years ago. My friend down the road raised chickens and gave me eggs all the time. She told me that no air can get to the inside, which makes them safe not to refrigerate. However, once you do refrigerate them, they should stay in the refrigerator. I raise chickens now, and when we gather the eggs, we wash them real good. We then place them into cartons, but we leave them out instead of refrigerating them. They will keep that way for months! Believe it or not...it's true.
@madlees (1381)
• India
16 Apr 08
I have heard that eggs should not be washed at all. You are saying that it should be washed and packed nicely so that it stays good for months. Is it because of your climate there ? Is it cold all the time? Ours is a tropical country and so the eggs will be spoilt. Even I have seen that, if I keep eggs outside for a week it gets runny and develops a bad odour.
• Malaysia
8 May 08
i live in a tropical country too. the grocery store and the market always have the eggs not refrigerated. stacks of eggs from the floor up to 1 meter plus high. no fridge. i don't know about the supermarket though. cool air but not cold. so i don't know if the eggs will last if they are not refrigerated. but my dad always let the eggs on the counter if he gets them from the market (about 2 dozen plus) but if he gets them from the supermarket (1 dozen or less) they will go into the fridge i think if it is kept cold you'll need to store it the same way. if it's not refrigerated you can choose to put it in or let it sit on the counter
• United States
14 Apr 08
I put my eggs in my fridge,I guess just common sense because I never heard of someone putting eggs in the cupboard.You would think they would spoil and leave a bad odor in your house,since you buy eggs in the fridge section at the store,thats the ovious place to put them when you get home right?
@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
14 Apr 08
I've never heard that you SHOULDNT put them in the fridge but I have heard of ppl who DON'T put them in the fridge...I always do because like you, I figured if they are on the counter they'll spoil quicker...
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@TinaP40 (329)
• Spain
14 Apr 08
But then on farms they store them on the counters?
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@MsTickle (24995)
• Australia
17 Apr 08
....and they are on the shelf at the supermarket...not in a refrigerated section.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
14 Apr 08
I have always kept my eggs in the fridge. I found this online and copies part of it for you to read. How to buy and store eggs Number one on the list here (unless you happen to know the hens) is to buy your eggs from a supplier who has a large turnover. Boxes now (and sometimes the eggs themselves) carry a ‘best before’ date. What you should know is that this date, provided the egg box is stamped with the lion mark, corresponds precisely to 21 days after laying (not packing), so you are, therefore, able to work out just how fresh your eggs are. Although it is now being recommended that eggs should be stored in the refrigerator, I never do. The reason for this is that for most cooking purposes, eggs are better used at room temperature. If I kept them in the fridge I would have the hassle of removing them half an hour or so before using them. A cool room or larder is just as good, but if, however, you think your kitchen or store cupboard is too warm and want to store them in the fridge, you’ll need to try to remember to let your eggs come to room temperature before you use them. My answer to the storage problem is to buy eggs in small quantities so I never have to keep them too long anyway. The very best way to store eggs is to keep them in their own closed, lidded boxes. Because the shells are porous, eggs can absorb the flavours and aromas of other strong foods, so close the boxes and keep them fairly isolated, particularly if you’re storing them in the fridge. http://www.deliaonline.com/ingredients/eggs,104,IN.html
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• Malaysia
2 Jun 08
Thanks for this very useful info.I will check later ! Happy posting !
• United States
14 Apr 08
I have always kept my eggs in my fridge. If you keep them out of the fridge they don't last as long. I couldn't imagine putting them anywhere else.
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@ltmoon (1008)
• United States
22 Apr 08
Eggs do not have to be refrigerated. I keep mine on top of the fridge. A dozen might take me three weeks to eat, and the last egg tastes just as good and fresh as the first. BTW, eggs keep the longest when kept in a cool dry place and never refrigerated.
@kykidd (6819)
• United States
14 Apr 08
I have always kept my eggs refrigerated. My mom always kept her eggs refrigerated...and the same with my grandmothers. The package even states Keep Refrigerated at or below 45 degrees. So, yes you're right. They would definitely spoil.
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@loved1 (5336)
• United States
14 Apr 08
I keep my eggs in the refrigerator if I have room, but don't worry about it if they have to sit on the counter for a few days first. We buy eggs from a farmer for a super good price. Because his place is a short drive away, we buy several dozen eggs at a time. I can't always fit them all in the refrigerator the same day we buy them. I have never ever had a problem with the eggs going bad.
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• United States
14 Apr 08
i had heard of people keeping it in a cupboard,but i think that was as a substitute incubator of some kind.never heard of doing it for food eggs.
• United States
14 Apr 08
Well no see the thing about that is you can leave them out, it cooks healthier that way even though they might spoil. I think I know everything and you don't. I left my eggs out for 12 weeks and they still cooked good. Please don't leave your eggs out they do need to be fridge or else you will get food poising. THat is on a serious note here.
• United States
15 Apr 08
If you don't put them in the fridge you'll have baby chickens, I guess if don't want scrambled eggs you could chicken soup.
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• United States
15 Apr 08
I have to edit myself. If you don't put them in the fridge you'll have baby chickens, I guess if you don't want scrambled eggs you could have chicken soup instead. Sorry about that.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Apr 08
My husband, who is in food service safety, is cringing. Here is a link that I found that answers the question as well as others on the subject: www.eggsafety.org/f_a_q.htm
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@patgalca (14810)
• Orangeville, Ontario
15 Apr 08
Thank you for that link. I did wonder how long hard-boiled eggs were good for. I asked my mother and she didn't have an answer. I hard-boil eggs all the time because I make egg salad sandwiches for my husband for work but somtesim s there are times when he is off for longer periods of time, or we have leftovers for him to take, and the eggs sit in the fridge longer than a couple of days. One week is the limit. Good to know.
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@snoopy04 (718)
• United States
17 Jul 08
I have always put eggs in the fridge. If you keep them anywhere else they will spoil. Once they start spoiling the odor is horrible. They do spoil quicker being non refrigerated.
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@Anne18 (11036)
2 May 08
I always keep my eggs in the fridge, have always kept my eggs in the fridge and would never think of not putting them in the fridge. I have never ever heard of keeping eggs in the cupboard. I would have thought they would have gone off quicker in the cupboard.
• United States
2 May 08
I thought that eggs needed to be refridgerated. I got them out of a fridge at the store so I just put them in my fridge when I get home. It makes sense to me. My Grandma tells me all the time she used to keep the on her porch and it was all okay, but she had to pull them right out from under the chicken first. I wonder if that makes a difference or not.
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• United States
27 Apr 08
I put mine in the fridge. But if there's not enough room I will stick them on the counter for a day or two. Refridgerating eggs only prolongs their life by a couple of days. A dozen only last three or four days(if I'm lucky) in my house anyway, so it really doesn't make much diference.
@busta1baby (1238)
• United States
22 Apr 08
hmmm yeah they r suppose to go in there???
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• Malaysia
22 Apr 08
It is true that if you don't put the eggs in the refrigerator, they will spoil faster. My mom and i guess most of us do the same way too. It is better to refrigerate eggs because it helps to prevent the egg from getting spoiled fast and also to keep the germs and bacterias sleeping in a cold temperature.
@youless (95333)
• Guangzhou, China
21 Apr 08
Yes, I put the eggs into the fridge. I think it's the best way for them to store for a longer time. Besides, they won't be broken easily since they are in the fridge.
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@williamjisir (22902)
• China
21 Apr 08
Hello TinaP. We usually wash eggs first before we put the eggs into the fridge to help save the eggs for a longer time. But if it is winter, we seldom keep them in the fridge because cold weather itself protects the eggs.