Should you keep eggs in the fridge? - the correct way to keep them fresh

Eggs in the fridge
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The conundrum of whether to refrigerate eggs or leave them out has sparked a debate, with many believing the answer hinges on geographical location. One person took their query to social media after finding conflicting information online.

On Reddit, they asked: "So googling this I've gotten different results. They apparently last longer in the fridge (unsurprising) so is this best? Some people say don't keep them in the fridge and some say keep them in the fridge. I don't bake if that makes much difference."

Contributors quickly weighed in with their views. And there seemed to be a common answer - it depends!

One poster advised: "Depends where you live... I live in a hot humid country so keep mine in the fridge... when I lived in a draughty cottage in the UK I didn't. If it's warm enough to melt butter in your kitchen... keep them in the fridge."

Another explained why there's a distinction between storing eggs in the UK versus the US, reports the Express. They said: "The difference is, UK eggs are unwashed. The natural coating of an egg protects it from bacteria getting into the egg.

"The egg itself inside is fairly sterile, so temps are not a major concern overall. That said, you're correct that in a hot and humid country, fridge is probably the best way to go regardless.

"In the States, they wash eggs, and this removes the coatings that protect it, and thus become more porous, allowing for bacteria to get in. Therefore, to maintain any sort of shelf life, they have to be fridged."

Another poster agreed saying: "If you live in the US, then yes, refrigerate. If you live in Europe, then no you don't have to.

"The two regions have different standards for how commercially distributed eggs are meant to be treated: pasteurized vs. not. Pasteurizing eggs strips them of a natural protective coating that when intact makes refrigeration unnecessary. So pasteurized eggs (US eggs) need to be refrigerated, where as unpasteurized eggs (Europe) do not."

So what is the answer according to the experts. According to Food Standards Scotland the fridge is the right place to store the food. It also explained just how long you can keep cooked and uncooked eggs for. It said:

  • Store eggs in a cool, dry place, ideally in the fridge

  • Store eggs away from other foods. It’s a good idea to use your fridge’s egg tray, if you have one, because this helps to keep eggs separate

  • Observe the best before date on the egg

  • Eat dishes containing eggs as soon as possible after you have prepared them. If you are not planning to eat them straight away, cool them quickly and then keep them in the fridge and eat within 2 days

  • A hard-boiled egg can be kept for up to 2 days in the fridge (within or outwith the shell) or hard boiled yolks can be frozen

  • To freeze whole eggs beat the eggs until blended and pour into freezer containers that can be sealed tightly