They're a staple in every Brit's kitchen, whether you regularly have eggs on toast or love to bake cakes. But should you store your eggs in the fridge or in your cupboard? It's an ongoing debate for many. Some worry about the safety of using eggs stored at room temperature, while others swear that room temperature eggs are the best for cooking with.
Chances are though, you're storing your eggs completely wrong. According to price comparison sight idealo.co.uk, almost a third of people don't store their food correctly, which results in items going off faster than normal and getting wasted. One way to make sure your eggs last longer is storing them in the fridge. One egg farmer made it clear that "fresh eggs store on shelf for four weeks, six weeks in the fridge", which could stretch out your eggs to make them last a lot longer.
Perhaps, if you store them in the fridge, you typically keep your eggs in the door, however this doesn't protect the fragile produce. Instead, do as Anna Williams, Head Pastry Chef of award-winning restaurant Fallow, does and keep them on a middle fridge shelf close to the back in the cardboard they come in. "This location in the fridge is best to keep the eggs at a constant temperature and the cardboard boxes provide the perfect level of protection, plus they will have the expiry date on them", Anna explains.
Dr Stuart Farrimond agrees that storing your eggs in the fridge door is not the best place for them at all. He explains in The Science of Cooking that it can ruin the egg whites as they'll shake up, which can ruin them for when you actually want to use them. Instead, it's best to place them on a shelf in the fridge.
Some chefs like James Martin swear against refrigerating your eggs, as he made clear on This Morning when he explained that "all eggs are porous", meaning you should "never put eggs in the fridge. They absorb all the flavours from the fridge". However, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) states to "store eggs in a cool, dry place, ideally in the fridge and keep them apart from other foods."
They also add that you should "make sure you rotate stock and use the oldest food first. This helps to prevent harmful bacteria spreading from raw foods to ready- to-eat food."
How do you store your eggs? Let us know in the comments.2023-09-22T11:33:01Z dg43tfdfdgfd