Should Eggs Be Kept In the Fridge? Because We’re Getting Super-Confused Now...

Anna Lewis

From Delish

Where to store certain foods is a hot topic right now. Especially seeing as we’re being told all sorts of things that we never knew before. Like, did you know that you should be keeping your bananas in the fridge to improve their chances of staying fresher for longer? And get this, cucumbers shouldn’t be refrigerated, but should instead be kept in a cupboard or even a fruit bowl seeing as a cucumber is technically a fruit and not a vegetable.

I need a lie down.

So now we’re turning our attention to eggs, and where they should be stored. Many people swear by putting their eggs in the fridge, while other have those cute little baskets for egg storage; with them being kept in a cupboard or on your kitchen work surface. But what is the correct way to store your eggs?

Should eggs be kept in the fridge?

In short, yes – eggs should indeed be kept in the fridge if you want them to stay fresh for longer.

The main thing with eggs, is that you want them to remain at a constant temperature, otherwise they can become unsafe for consumption. Fluctuations in temperature can cause salmonella in eggs, so the best place to store eggs is the fridge. And in the main bit of the fridge, and not the door. Again, this is to reduce fluctuations in temperature.

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According to the British Egg Information Service, the only place to keep food cool and to avoid temperature fluctuations is in the fridge.

This view is backed by two experts at Bristol University’s School of Veterinary Science, Dr Rosamund Baird and Dr Janet Corry, who say that if an egg is contaminated with the bacteria salmonella, storing it at room temperature allows the salmonella to multiply.

They told the Daily Mail that “salmonella will not multiply in the fridge.”

So, unless you can fit that cute hen-shaped egg basket in your fridge, you may have to find a new use for it. Sorry.

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