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How Long Will Fresh Eggs Keep Without Refrigeration?

8/1/2008 12:00:00 AM

Tags: organic, eggs, food preservation

I bought free-range eggs at a local organic farm, and they sat in a cooler with some ice in it for about 30 hours. Are they safe to eat?

Cinthea Vadala
Napa, California

Your eggs are fine. Fresh eggs actually take a long time to spoil. They would be all right under those conditions even for a couple of weeks. There’s no need to rinse the eggs until it’s time to use them, and that can actually keep them fresh longer. Enjoy your farm-fresh eggs!

— Cheryl Long, Editor in Chief


Cheryl Long is the editor in chief of MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine, and a leading advocate for more sustainable lifestyles. She leads a team of editors which produces high quality content that has resulted in MOTHER EARTH NEWS being rated as one North America’s favorite magazines. Long lives on an 8-acre homestead near Topeka, Kan., powered in part by solar panels, where she manages a large organic garden and a small flock of heritage chickens. Prior to taking the helm at MOTHER EARTH NEWS, she was an editor at Organic Gardening magazine for 10 years. Connect with her on .



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