Thursday, October 21, 2010
Despite what you've heard, eggs that are fresh and have an intact
cuticle do not need to be refrigerated, as long as you are going to
consume them within a relatively short period of time.
In other countries, including most of Europe, eggs are frequently not refrigerated.
the U.S., refrigeration of eggs became the cultural norm when mass
production caused eggs to travel long distances and sit in storage for
weeks to months before arriving at your superstore. The general lack of
cleanliness of factory farms has increased the likelihood that your
eggs have come into contact with pathogens, amplifying the need for
disinfection and refrigeration.
Not only that, but as a culture, we are rather "germ phobic" here in the U.S., compared to other countries.
shelf life for an unrefrigerated egg is 7 to 10 days and for
refrigerated, it's 30 to 45 days. A good rule of thumb is one day at
room temperature is equal to one week under refrigeration
Eggs purchased from grocery stores are typically already three weeks old
or older. USDA certified eggs must have a pack date on the carton, and
a sell-by date. Realize that the eggs were often laid many days prior
to the pack date.
Remember, all eggs are not created equal. For the best quality organic eggs purchase from a local farmer.