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According to the American Egg Board (www.AEB.org) here's your answer. This is assuming you need to know about raw eggs in their shells and not hard-boiled.
"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."
thank you this tip was very helpful and saved me from throwing out good eggs.
it answered my question perfectly
Thanks! My mom always said that but I wasn't sure if she was being cheap. She always uses food that has an expired shelf life and is fine.
yay for eggs!
thanks for a helpful fact for a novice at poultry
thanks before reading this i thought for sure eggs spoiled at the experation date or befor it.
EGGS ARE MY ONE OF MY FAVORITE FOODS! THEY GOOD GOOD WITH JUST ABOUT ANYTHING, OR EVEN BY THEMSELVES. I JUST HAVE ONE QUESTION IF ANYONE CAN HELP? HOW LONG DO BOILED EGGS KEEP?
Great news - I was running out of recipes!!
Just what I needed to know......have 2 dozen....hated to throw out....now I can keep.Thanks
Yeah but my egg has been known to "Please doctor, why am i wearing funny pants?"
Thanks - great info.
thanks! im doing a food project on eggs for home ec. and that was really useful!
Mom always said..."when in doubt, throw it out". Now I'm no longer in doubt.
Thanks for the great info. I don't have to throw away my eggs now!
Thanks for the info. Now I know how long my home produced eggs will keep fresh for.
READ CAREFULLY! The AEB is referring to the PACK date, NOT the expiration date (which can vary by retailer). In other words, look only for the three-digit number on the end of the box that tells you what # day of the year the eggs were packaged (001 for Jan. 1, 365 for Dec. 31). Then count 4-5 weeks for the "safe zone." It is NOT 4-5 weeks past the printed expiration date!
This is a realistic answer. The FDA and USDA are not the final authority in my life over what I eat.
But how long can an egg stay out at room temp. with out rotting??
Thats great info for a college guy!!
Thats great info for a college guy!!
Thanks! That was hard-boiled helpful!
Thank you, didn't want to make anyone sick
I have chickens of my own. It helped me out to know how long my eggs will keep.
thanks . . . Big breakfast for the boys at home.
this was so super helpful! i love this website!
What is the relationship between the "pack date" and the sell-by date? Is the pack date on my package of eggs? The sell-by date is there.
so the date you talk about is best by or sell by
Not sure if that answered my question or not. I left a fresh carton of eggs gotten at farmers market, not the store out at room temperature overnight. are they ok? I refrigerated them first thing in morning
Is the oil coating also called the "bloom"?
Why isn't the oil coating removed by the washing the farmer performs before transport?
thankyou this was helpful
Thanks, saves me throwing out perfectly good eggs.
Egg-xactly what I wanted to know- thanks! :-)
I keep hens and people are always asking this question.Thanks.
There are two ways to test an egg. Place it in a container of water. If it floats a little bit it's OK but if it floats to the top of the bowl it is rotten. The other way is to break the egg into a dish and smell it. If it looks all right and smells all right it's fine.
thank you, now i can eat my eggs!
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|