Storing Eggs

What is the best way to store eggs?

The best way to keep eggs is to store them in their original carton in the refrigerator as soon as possible after purchase. Cartons reduce water loss and protect flavours from other foods being absorbed into the eggs. Storing eggs loose, or in specially designed sections of the refrigerator is not recommended as this also exposes eggs to a greater risk of damage.

How long do eggs last?

Fresh eggs can be kept refrigerated in their carton for up to 6 weeks, there is a use by date displayed on the carton as well. It is best to put eggs in the fridge as soon as you get them home.

How can I tell if an egg is still fresh?

A quick and fun test for egg freshness is to pop them in a basin of water. Fresh eggs will stay at the bottom of the bowl while older eggs float because of the large air cell that forms in its base.

I’ve had a carton of eggs in my fridge for a few weeks. Can I still use them?

Yes. Older eggs are ideal for baking cakes, quiches and frittatas. They are also perfect for hard-boiling, scrambling, and making omelettes. When hard-boiling it’s actually better to use eggs that are a few days old because the white is less likely to stick to the shell. Fresher eggs are better for poaching and frying because they hold their shape.

What are some food safety tips when it comes to storing eggs?

Like all perishable foods, eggs need to be handled carefully. Follow these suggestions to ensure that you handle and prepare eggs properly:

  • Always buy shell eggs that are clean and keep them refrigerated
  • When storing eggs in the refrigerator, keep them in the carton away from other strongly flavoured / smelling foods
  • For all perishable foods allow no more than two hours at room temperature for preparation and serving
  • Eggs should be cooked until the white is completely firm and the yolk begins to thicken
  • For best quality, use fresh eggs within the 'Best Before' date as stated on the carton.
  • Avoid cross-contamination by washing hands, cookware, and counter-tops with hot, soapy water after preparing raw animal products, including eggs.