Why not keep the eggs in the refrigerator door?


Refrigerating your eggs seems like a pretty simple concept, right? Our eggs are stored in refrigerated units at the grocery store, we bring them home and put them directly in the refrigerator. If your family is like mine, you consume a lot of eggs in a month. After all, eggs are delicious, full of protein, and the possibilities for cooking them are endless!

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Anyway, back to the subject of egg refrigeration. In many parts of Europe, people don’t keep their eggs in the refrigerator at all. This is because of the different (and generally safer) way egg production is regulated in Europe. But in America, the standards are different, and we have to keep eggs refrigerated to avoid salmonella and keep them fresh longer.

On that note, you probably have a regular place in your refrigerator to store your eggs. In fact, many people store their eggs in the egg crates built into the refrigerator door. That’s what they’re for, right? Yes, that’s what they’re intended for, but you shouldn’t store your eggs in the refrigerator door at all.

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According to Reader’s Digest, placing your eggs in the refrigerator door exposes them to temperature fluctuations throughout the day as you open and close the refrigerator door. This can cause eggs to rot faster and make them more susceptible to bacterial growth. That’s why it’s best to keep your eggs on a shelf in the refrigerator where the temperature remains relatively constant.

Who knew there was such a thing as safe egg storage? So check the location of your eggs. If they are currently in the refrigerator door, it is best to place them on a shelf as soon as possible.