Do you think eggs need to be refridgerated ?

United States
March 4, 2009 4:43pm CST
Hi everyone! I was born and raised in the United States and was always tought that eggs should be kept in the fridge . I never questioned it , just always had them refridgerated. Well since living in Mexico I don't do it anymore . Nobody here refridgerates eggs . When you buy them they are not refridgerated and everyone leaves them out on the kitchen counter. Here you see people selling eggs out of the back of their trucks in very hot weather . I haven't gotten sick yet from eggs not refridgerated and honestly I think they taste better. I know when I boil them the shells come off much easier if they are not cold when you boil them. I just wonder what others do , do you keep eggs in the refridgerator or leave them out ?
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@agmamayo (804)
• Philippines
5 Mar 09
I think the main scientific reason why we refrigerate eggs is that when its left out in a normal or hot temperature its a good medium for bacteria to growth, we all know that bacteria thrive and grow faster in a normal or warm temperature not much like in below temperature growth rate of bacteria is hindered. Egg shells might seem hard for the bacteria to penetrate we might say, but bacterias have special enzymes that penetrate it till they reach the inside of the egg. The fats, sugar and other enzymes found in the egg is a great medium for bacterial growth. So i think thats the main reason why most of us refrigerate eggs, not mainly to preserve freshness and longer shelf life but to avoid bacterial growth on it, we may never know which bacteria grows on it, so an ounce of refrigeration is better than a pound of rotten eggs, lol :)
@agmamayo (804)
• Philippines
9 Mar 09
Thanks for choosing my comment as the best response to your question. I hope i had shared some info regarding the need for refrigerating eggs. Thanks again Beachstarz and happy mylotting.
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@wolfaaron (179)
• United States
5 Mar 09
Yes, or else they go bad faster
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• United States
5 Mar 09
Hi wolfaaron, You think they go bad faster if not refridgerated ? Someone else thought that also. I don't worry because we eat them within a few days . Thank you for responding ~ and have a great evening !
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• United States
5 Mar 09
No problem, it was a good question
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@deebomb (15347)
• United States
4 Mar 09
According to the USDA eggs should be refrigerated. But at the same time only a small number of eggs are affected with salmonella. The problem is knowing which eggs are affected with the bacteria. I looked at some information on the internet to see what is done in other countries. A person that lived in for 22 years wrote in Japan all eggs were (are) stored on shelves and not in the refrigerated sections. All eggs in Australia are sold unrefrigerated. Germany and also now in the UK, the eggs are always sold at room temp, just like in Asia. The difference between eggs sold in the US vs those in Germany and the UK is that in the US the eggs are washed prior to selling (no bits of chicken coop goop and feathers stuck to US eggs). This makes them more appealing in appearance, but also removes the natural protective coating that eggs have on them when freshly laid. This information comes from http://www.recipezaar.com/bb/viewtopic.zsp?t=231779
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• United States
5 Mar 09
Hi deebomb, Wow you did good girl!! Thanks for all the help . I was really interested to find out if it was different for different places around the world . Thank you for checking on it , and for responding ! you have a good night !
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@deebomb (15347)
• United States
5 Mar 09
That's one of the things I like about this forum. It gets you to learn new things.
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@playapal (894)
• United States
4 Mar 09
Hi Beahstarz, like you I had always had my eggs refrigerated until I moved here. The first of my six months in Mexico I wouldn't eat an egg, I was afraid I was going to be sick. Now I don't think anything about it. I buy them unrefrigerated but I do stick them in the fridge when I get home if I have the room. I think they taste better here too. Maybe they don't feed their chickens as many chemicals as back in the US.
• United States
5 Mar 09
Hi playapal! Well I've never stopped eating them. We go through eggs like crazy here . Living here you find out that you do alot of things different hu? True I feel chicken is healthier to eat here . I know it taste fresher and better . Anyway thanks for responding . I hope you have yourself a great evening!
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@hanasays (212)
• United States
4 Mar 09
I keep them in the fridge, but I will let them sit out for a while before I use them in something like a cake or mayonnaise, or a recipe where I have to separate the whites from the yolks.
• United States
5 Mar 09
Hi hanasays, Thats a good idea. Try leaving them out for awhile before you boil them , and see how easy the shell comes off . Thanks for your response, and have a good night!
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@sudalunts (5527)
• United States
4 Mar 09
My mother told me that when she was a kid, they never put the eggs in the refrigerator. I usually keep mine in the refrigerator though. I think that as long as they are kept in a cool place they should be okay. Of course if the room is really hot that can cause bacteria to grow.
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• United States
4 Mar 09
Hi sudalunts! Well if Mom did it , it should be okay right? Mom's know best ! Thanks for responding , it's good to hear what other's think .. have a good evening !
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@sandymay48 (2031)
• Canada
4 Mar 09
Hi beachstarz....We refridgerate eggs to make them last longer...It is not absolutely necessary if you go through them every week or so..Refridgeration slows the aging process...They last approx 4-5 weeks in the fridge..At room temp..only about a day to almost a week in the fridge.
• United States
4 Mar 09
Hi sandymay ! I bet you have a point there , they might stay fresh longer . We eat alot of eggs so , they are gone in a few days . thanks for responding and have a great evening !
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@lilcee (2704)
• United States
4 Mar 09
I always refrigerate my eggs. I've always heard they should be kept in the fridge. I never heard about keeping them out. Have a good lotting day.
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• United States
4 Mar 09
Hi lilcee , that's what I used to believe , but they really have been fine being left out , nobody has gotten sick here anyway .. thanks for responding ! and have a good afternoon !
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@mariposaman (2968)
• Canada
5 Mar 09
I keep eggs refrigerated. You should be able to get a month or two out of refrigerated eggs and a week or two without. Someone asked what people used to do before refrigeration. When I was a child in England nobody had a fridge, but you did you shopping more often and you lived closer to the farms. Also it was not uncommon to get the odd bad egg. People used to keep chickens as well. The few eggs were eaten regularly and the surplus sold off to local neighbours. When the chickens stopped laying eggs you had chicken soup. A chicken will lay an egg every day or every two days. Three or four chickens in a chicken coop in the back yard will keep a family in eggs continuously. Boiled eggs will release the shell easier from older eggs than fresh new ones.
• United States
5 Mar 09
Hi mariposaman , You are full of good information ! I bet you have all kinds of great memories you could share with others. I'm sure it all depends on how long they are left out . We go through them so quick I don't worry . thanks so much for responding , and have a happy day !
• Canada
5 Mar 09
Watch out for the fake eggs. http://www.thestandard.com.hk/news_detail.asp?pp_cat=30&art_id=78338&sid=22735624&con_type=3 There seems to be these rumours surfacing that fake eggs are showing up in China. Apparently they are cheap to make and might fool a casual user. They have a yolk, shell and everything. I do not know how they make the shell, I saw it on YouTube how they make them.
@tjsally (287)
• China
6 Mar 09
Usually, i don't keep the eggs in refrigerator cause every day I cooking each food with eggs. If i want to keep them for a long time, i will put some of them in the refrigerator.
• United States
6 Mar 09
Hi tjsally, I'm the same way , I use them up really fast . thank you for responding , have a good night!
• United States
5 Mar 09
When i was in Philippines and living a small island village there, we don't have a electricity there before that can run like refrigerator or big appliances. So, when we go to city to buy our needs like meats or eggs we didn't put in fridge. Our egg there will put in the tray and stay opened but we not put in the direct sunlight co'z sometimes it will become smell bad it was a long time we do that and until now but when I moved to the city and here in USA I use to put the egg i buy at fridge all the time. For me its depends the way you are living if you have a fridge then you can put the egg at fridge if you are living in rural place then you can put the egg any where would you like to put. As i said either your at city or island it depends to you if where you gonna put the eggs.
• United States
5 Mar 09
Hi journey, It's interesting to learn how other parts of the world do things isn't it ? Thats like here in Mexico , eggs are usually left out on the counter . Thank you for responding ! and have a great day !
@deanna2 (159)
• United States
5 Mar 09
hi i have often wondered the same thing but i do keep mine in the refrigerator because when i buy them fromthe store they are in a cooler so i guess thats where they should be i think they would rot if not kept cool as i have gotten some like that and o my do they smell.
• United States
5 Mar 09
Hi deanna! Eww you got stinky eggs? Nothing as bad as rotten eggs ! Gag! Living in Mexico you would think I would get that , but I haven't yet .. But we do use them up quick. I think that's the main thing . Thanks for responding deanna , and have a great day today!
• China
5 Mar 09
hello..i found that if we put the eggs on the refridgeator it will be kept longer than put them outside the refridgerator, but if someone still yet to have a refridgerator , put outside also would be ok but you had better to eat it up as soon as you can, because the hot weather would spoil it soonner. i found this out and now i always put the eggs on the frefirdgerator to keep them for a longer time. best wishes.
• United States
5 Mar 09
Hi celebratelifeh, so you had eggs left out and they spoiled ? Do you remember how long they were left without refridgeration? Thanks for responding , and best wishes to you !
@HelloMickey (1663)
• Hong Kong
5 Mar 09
Hi, I refriderated eggs. My mum told me that refridgerated eggs can be kept longer. So I do the same as her. And that's funny, I find my fridge have a slot for eggs, then I put eggs on it.
• United States
5 Mar 09
Hi hellomickey , That is funny! Seems we all do what were told hu? Thanks for the response ! and have a wonderful day today !
• India
5 Mar 09
ya i always refrigerate my eggs becaz if there u don't do so there is always a chance that a chick would come out of u r egg(if kept under hot climate).
• United States
5 Mar 09
hi kapil, Oh that would be a surprise ! lol I'd have baby chicks pecking around on my counter top , ha ! Thanks for responding !
• Philippines
5 Mar 09
i think you just need to put them refrigerated because it needs to be protected from animals and other insects. i don't think it will rot if you put it in a safe place. maybe it will rot for a very long time but not for at least two days.
• United States
5 Mar 09
Hi cyberken , I agree I think it depends on how long they are left out , thank you for responding , have a great day !
@mflower2053 (3227)
• United States
13 Mar 09
I never thought about this before. We buy them cold so I always figured you had to keep them cold. When I was growing up and we would stay on my grandparents farm and we would just go and get eggs from the chickens nest and fry them up for breakfast. I don't really remember if they tasted better or not I just remember it being fun that we were able to get eggs so fresh lol. I hope one day my kids can do the samething when we get the land.
@cndn420 (2062)
• Canada
7 Mar 09
we keep ours in the fridge. i always thought eggs should be refrigerated, i mean we buy them from the grovery store and they are in the fridge there so you naturally assume right? never heard of them being out, but hey, if you haven't been sick yet they can't be bad!
@Kowgirl (3492)
• United States
6 Mar 09
I have never bought eggs that were not kept in a cooler. It says on the carton to keep eggs refrigerate so I have always kept them in the fridge. Even when we bought fresh eggs from a chicken farm we were told to use them within 24 hours or refrigerate them to keep them fresh. I wouldn't want to eat eggs that have been sitting out at room temperature for days.
@williamjisir (22909)
• China
6 Mar 09
eggs in the fridge - we keep the eggs in the fridge when it is summer, but not in winter.
Hello beachstarz. In summer we store our eggs in the fridge, but in winter we do not place them in the fridge. Instead we place them either in the corner of the room or on the shelf.