Wednesday, September 9, 2009

An "Egg"celent Tip

Have you ever wondered how long eggs stay good? Since I'm not one to throw food out just because it is past it's expiration date, I knew from experience that it was a long time . But I found it interesting and insightful to read what the American Egg Board actually says about the shelf life of raw eggs:

"The oil coating which seals the shell's pores helps to prevent bacteria from entering the egg and reduces moisture loss from the egg. RAW SHELL EGGS REFRIGERATED IN THEIR CARTONS WILL KEEP FOR ABOUT 4 TO 5 WEEKS BEYOND THE PACK DATE WITHOUT SIGNIFICANT QUALITY LOSS. (The pack date is usually a number from 1 to 365 representing the day of the year starting with January 1 as 1 and ending with December 31 as 365.)"

"Properly handled and stored, eggs rarely "spoil". If you keep them long enough, they are more likely to simply dry up! But, don't leave eggs out at room temperature. They'll age more in 1 day at room temperature than they will in 1 week in the refrigerator. Room temperature is also an ideal temperature for bacterial growth."

So, for whatever it is worth, I thought you might like to know how long raw eggs keep. Just maybe this will give you the incentive you need to stock up the next time eggs go on sale!


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