Should you put your eggs in the refrigerator or should you simply store them at room temperature?
This question has always drawn different responses. Sure, most refrigerators usually come with storage rack made especially for eggs. Plus there are some countries where it is totally acceptable to chill eggs since it helps increase shelf life and prevents bacterial contamination.
It should, however, likewise be pointed out that there are many areas in the world where the idea storing eggs in the fridge is entirely frowned upon. In European countries, for example, some experts are saying that refrigerating eggs isn’t very much advisable.
The Advantage of Room Temperature
Tim Hayward, a restaurant columnist, and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme said:
“A fresh, free-range egg should last beautifully at room temperature for at least a week. The racks in the fridge door are the worst place to store eggs. The constant shaking thinks the whites and the flavors of other foods can penetrate the shell.”
The Risks of Not Refrigerating
Meanwhile, the European Union (EU) regulations tell us that leaving eggs outside the refrigerator has its risks. The law reads:
“Cold eggs left out at room temperature may become covered in condensation facilitating the growth of bacteria on the shell and probably their ingression into the egg.”
An Experiment To Settle The Issue
An experiment was conducted by FoodTest Laboratories to settle the issue whether it is better to store eggs in the refrigerator or at room temperature.
The result of the study was that both eggs, with one batch stored at room temperature (between 68°F and 77°F) and another batch kept at fridge temperature (43°F), were free from bacteria such as such as E. coli, Salmonella, and Listeria after two weeks.
Jay Tolley, FoodTest operations, and the quality manager said:
“There is no advantage in keeping the eggs refrigerated as opposed to storing them at ambient room temperature.”