Cooking & eatingYou have probably already noticed: in the supermarket, eggs are usually just on the shelves and outside the refrigerator. When we get home, we often put them in the fridge right away. But where is the best place to store your eggs?
Keeping your eggs in the fridge has both advantages and disadvantages. For example, the Nutrition Center recommends that you store your eggs in their box in the refrigerator at 4°C so that pathogens such as salmonella have less chance. Cold temperatures inhibit the growth of bacteria. By leaving them in their box, the eggs also dry out less quickly and they stay fresh longer. The cold ensures that you can keep the eggs longer.
In America they even go a step further: there many organizations say that it is even better to throw your eggs away if they have been out of the refrigerator for more than 2 hours.
That’s right, according to the British newspaper The Daily Mail not quite. They put it to the test to find out whether eggs actually get worse if you don’t keep them in the fridge. To do this, they sent two boxes of eggs to a food lab. The boxes were stored there for two weeks, one at room temperature and the other in the refrigerator. The eggs were tested several times during those two weeks for harmful bacteria such as salmonella, listeria and E.coli. What turned out? There was no noticeable difference between the two boxes of eggs, they were all bacteria free.
moist egg? Then bacteria grow better
However, it is still recommended to keep eggs in your refrigerator to minimize the risk. But why are eggs often not in the refrigerator of the supermarket? The shell of the egg protects against dirt, moisture and harmful bacteria. If the egg is moist, bacteria can grow better. If you then take eggs from the refrigerator of the supermarket home, condensation will form due to the temperature difference. If the eggs are not in the refrigerator, the risk of condensation forming is much smaller, so that the eggs stay good longer.
The downside to keeping your eggs in the fridge? Cold eggs can sometimes mess up your dishes. Certain recipes, especially those with a high fat content like a tasty cheesecake, require eggs at room temperature because cold eggs ruin the texture of your treat. Only then is it best to leave them out of the fridge.
Where do you keep your eggs?
- In the fridge of course (62%)
- Always out of the fridge (38%)
This article previously appeared on this site on August 30, 2019.
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