Slide your eggs in the fridge: an unexpected explanation for food storage

By Daniil PiskunApr 4, 2024 10:05 AMFood Life hack
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Slide your eggs in the fridge
Slide your eggs in the fridge. Source: temperature.co.uk

Have you ever thought that eggs can be stored without a refrigerator? You've reflexively shoved a carton of eggs in the back like staples like milk and meat.

In this article, the SSPDaily explains the reason why eggs should be refrigerated. If you've thrown away eggs that have been sitting on the table overnight, read the experts' explanation.

Readers reasoned that people often leave eggs on the table and they are fine later. In some countries, for example, eggs are stored on the shelves. In the United States, the reasons for storing eggs in the refrigerator are based on scientific data.

Why it is better to store eggs in the refrigerator

The most common pathogen associated with eggs is Salmonella, a bacterium often found in the intestines of chickens. The bacteria can settle on eggs as they are laid and then potentially be transmitted to humans.

It should be noted that the EU has rules in place to vaccinate chickens against a single strain of Salmonella to help reduce the spread and infection. At the same time, there is no such rule in the United States.

The USDA recommends storing eggs in the refrigerator at 4 degrees Fahrenheit or slightly below.

If you store eggs at a higher temperature, you will create a favorable environment for bacterial growth.

Eating them

Cooking eggs if stored improperly can have a bad effect on your health. Some bacteria continue to live even after being placed in boiling water.

Storage outside the refrigerator

Once eggs are taken out of the refrigerator, condensation can form on them, which can encourage bacterial growth. In addition, bacteria can penetrate the shell through the pores into the egg.

Comparison of egg storage

In 2018, a study was conducted in the United States to compare egg processing and storage methods. According to the study, chilled eggs retain AA (highest) quality for 15 weeks longer, while unchilled eggs fell to B class within a week.

In less than 24 hours, the physical properties of room temperature egg yolks (height, width) changed more than the three chilled types over 15 weeks.

Eggshells

Eggs that you would normally buy at the grocery store are washed with warm water using food-safe detergent and brushes, followed by a rinse with a warm disinfectant liquid.

Then the eggs are dried before packaging. It should be noted that not all countries wash eggs before selling them. In addition, experts do not recommend that consumers wash store-bought eggs themselves, as this can lead to bacteria getting into the eggs.

Where to store your eggs is ultimately up to you, and you have to decide what risk you are willing to take and why. But for peace of mind, it's best to have a place in the refrigerator to store your eggs.

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