Most modern refrigerators come with plastic egg storage units which sit inside the door, but a leading women’s magazine is warning this is the wrong place to keep them at their freshest.
Keep it Cool
The report by Good Housekeeping recommends that eggs should be stored on the middle shelf of a fridge in order to prevent contamination and temperature changes. They should be stored in their original cardboard or plastic box.
The magazine’s consumer editor, Sara Benwell, claims that the door is the warmest part of a fridge and is more susceptible to fluctuations in temperature. Ideally, eggs should be stored at a consistent temperature for optimum safety, which the magazine says is the middle shelf.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) recommends that eggs should be stored in a cool, dry place, preferably in the fridge, and they should be kept away from other foods. And the Red Lion British Egg info website advises that eggs should be store in boxes at a consistent temperature of below 20°C.
The latest advice will please those who argue that the fridge is the best place to store eggs, rather than a cupboard or work surface. But wherever you choose to store them, the FSA says the area should be regularly cleaned and that eggs must not be used after the Best Before date printed on them.
The advice is particularly important for catering establishments, where the safe storage of foodstuffs is paramount. Businesses which serve food to the public have to ensure they have the right commercial refrigeration and regularly check dates in order to keep customers safe from contamination. Those who are looking for advice and ideas on the best types of refrigeration could look at an established site such as https://www.fridgefreezerdirect.co.uk/commercial-refrigeration.
Commercial caterers already know the importance of avoiding cross-contamination by keeping eggs away from other foods, especially those which are strong-smelling, as they can easily absorb odours.
Other tips include avoiding moving eggs around between very cold and warm temperatures too often, as the key to keeping them fresh is for them to always be at an even temperature. You should also store and use eggs in date order and away from raw meat, and never use cracked, broken or dirty eggs.