Handling Eggs

What points should you consider when buying eggs?

  • Choose eggs with clean, uncracked shells
  • Don't buy out-of-date eggs
  • Choose the size most useful and economical for your lifestyle.

Why should eggs be refrigerated?

Avoiding temperature fluctuation is critical to egg safety. A cold egg left out at room temperature can sweat, facilitating the growth of bacteria that could contaminate the egg. Refrigerated eggs should not be left out for more than two hours.

What’s the best way to store eggs?

The best way to store eggs is to keep them in their carton. The carton should be placed in the coldest part of the refrigerator, not in the door where temperatures may fluctuate when it is opened and closed.

I just realised I left the egg carton on the kitchen counter overnight. Are the eggs safe to use?

After eggs are refrigerated, it is important that they stay that way. A cold egg left out at room temperature can sweat, facilitating the growth of bacteria. Refrigerated eggs should not be left out more than two hours.

Is it safe to use eggs that have cracks?

Bacteria can enter eggs through cracks in the shell. Never purchase cracked eggs. However, if eggs crack on the way home from the store, break them into a clean container, cover it tightly, keep refrigerated, and use within two days. When preparing, be sure to cook eggs thoroughly, with both the white and yolk firm.

What exactly is cross-contamination and what should I do about it?

Cross-contamination is the spread of bacteria from people to food or from one food or piece of equipment to another. To help prevent cross-contamination, it’s important to separate foods (especially raw meat, seafood, eggs, and poultry) from other foods, as well as washing hands, utensils and surfaces with warm, soapy water before and after handling raw eggs.

Why do hard-cooked eggs spoil faster than fresh eggs?

When shell eggs are hard cooked, the protective coating is washed away leaving the pores in the shell open for bacteria to enter. Hard-cooked eggs should be refrigerated within two hours of cooking and used within one week.

What should I do with egg-containing leftovers?

Promptly after serving, refrigerate any egg-containing leftovers. Thoroughly reheat leftovers and eat them within two to three days. Without tasting them, discard any egg-containing leftovers that have been refrigerated more than three days.