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The best way to store fresh eggs

Eggs-traordinary eggs! These little protein-powerhouses can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even as a snack. They are so versatile and should be a staple in any kitchen worth its salt. Once you get your carton of eggs home, you need to know the best way to store fresh eggs so that they stay fresher for longer.

We have all you egg questions, answered!

How long eggs last for

Fresh eggs can be kept in the fridge in their original carton for up to 6 weeks. Be sure to put your eggs in the fridge as soon as you get them home. Also there should be a use-by or best-before date on most egg cartons, always refer to this if you’re unsure. A good tip is to check this before buying eggs, as this will hint at the age of the eggs. Always try to get ones that have a later use-by date.

How to tell if an egg is still fresh

A great way to test if an egg is fresh, is to pop one whole into a glass full of water. If it sinks to the bottom of the glass, it’s still fresh, but if it floats to the top it’s probably best not to use.

The best way to store eggs

Although some fridges will have place holders for eggs, it’s best to see them in their original carton. The cartons will reduce water loss and protein flavours from other foods being absorbed into the eggs. When stored loose, it will expose the egg to greater risk of spoilage and damage.

Can you still use eggs if they have been sitting in the fridge for a few weeks

The answer is yes, older eggs are actually better for baking cakes, frittatas and quiches. Also hard-boiling older eggs is better because the white is less likely to stick to the shells. Fresh eggs are better for poaching and frying.

Top safety tips for storing eggs
  • Keep egg carton away from strong smelling or flavoured food in the fridge
  • For best quality, use fresh eggs within the ‘best before’ date on the carton
  • Avoid cross-contamination by washing hands, chopping boards, cook-ware after preparing animals products, including eggs
Egg recipes to try 


Vegetable fritters with poached eggs






Japanese Egg Rolls – Tamagoyaki




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