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Should you keep eggs in the fridge?


The arguments are no yolk. (Picture: Getty)

The nation – nay, the world – is divided on where to store their eggs.

We can all agree little balls of gooey yumminess are a breakfast staple, but whether or not they belong in the fridge is a binary that tears families apart.

No egg-ageration.

So, Metro.co.uk is here to tell you once and for all where you should be keeping your cartons.

Should you keep eggs in the fridge?

The verdict is in: yes, eggs should be placed in the fridge.

According to the British Egg Information Service, the official egg experts in the UK, this is down to keeping a ‘constant temperature’, as well as ensuring that your eggs stay fresher for longer.

Yes, eggs belong in the fridge (Picture: Getty)

The egg experts say: ‘Best practice is to store eggs in the fridge; that way the temperature is always at a constant and your eggs will be fresher!’

They added: ‘For optimum quality and safety, you want to make sure your eggs are kept at a steady temperature below 20°C.’

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 all you cupboard people should scramble to get them into the fridge pronto.

However, it is important to note that eggs should be taken out of the fridge for around 30 minutes to bring them up to room temperature, otherwise cooking times could change.

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Did you know that you can actually freeze eggs so that they last longer?

The British Egg Information Service advise, ‘make sure that you beat the egg together before freezing and definitely don’t try and freeze a shelled egg.’

They added: ‘Unfortunately when freezing, the egg yolks tend to become glutinous, however a handy trick to prevent this is adding in half a teaspoon of salt or sugar (depending on whether your use is to be for sweet or savoury dishes) per mixed egg.’

The egg experts continued: ‘Always store your eggs in a freezable container with the date clearly labelled and use within 6 months. If you’re short of containers then an ice tray works perfectly!

‘The volume of the beaten egg will change when thawing so make sure you remember that three tablespoons of beaten egg is the equivalent of a whole egg.’


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