It's no news that several people especially Europeans store their eggs at room temperature. According to analysis, this method of storage is actually the most suitable for them because of their production practice. However, when it comes to Americans, room temperature storage is, in reality, a hazardous practice likely to have dangerous consequences. The reason behind such divergence in storage between Europeans and Americans is solely the difference in the production process.
In the United States, right between the eggs being laid and being sent off to stores, they go through a painstaking and thorough process of cleaning. Getting the eggs cleaned ranges from washing the eggs in hot water to spraying then with chlorine once the water has dried off. This process is aimed at ridding the eggs of any organic matter likely to cause salmonella.
In line with this, recent statistics show that over 140,000 salmonella poisoning cases are triggered by eggs, the U.S Department of Agriculture introduced this egg cleaning requirement to ensure the health safety of Americans.
Although necessary precautions are implemented prior to these eggs arriving at the stores, individuals within the United States still have a responsibility of proper egg storage to avoid any possibilities of these eggs getting contaminated. The egg cleansing does indeed prevent salmonella, however, the cuticles that fight off pathogens are also washed out in the process. With these cuticles out, keeping the eggs at room temperature would promote the build-up of bacteria. Such build-up is likely to cause diverse illnesses when ingested. The USDA therefore recommends keeping your eggs refrigerated.
Storing It Right
Now, when it comes to refrigerating eggs, you have to do it right. If your eggs are stacked up in the wrong part of the fridge, your health can still be at risk. This brings up an important question of which area of the fridge should you store your eggs?
Every fridge comes with an egg rack. Depending on the model, these racks may either be inserts or built-in and are always part of the fridge door. According to Vlatka Lake, a storage expert from Space Station, eggs are likely to experience changes in temperature due to the repeated and unavoidable opening and closing of the fridge door. This can cause the eggs to get rotten within a short time frame. So to avoid this risk, the safest place to put your eggs is on one of the shelves. If you are scared of the possibility of these eggs cracking, you can put them in an egg holder storage box before placing them on the fridge closet. Luckily these boxes are stackable so those that buy in quantity have nothing to worry about.
Overall, nothing is as beautiful as perfect health. Refrigerating your eggs properly keeps you barricaded from pathogens and diverse disease-causing organisms.