Safe Storage? Keeping Eggs at Room Temp


keeping eggs safely out of the refrigerator

KVijay writes: “Dear Corinne- Thanks a ton for this writeup; it’s really useful. You mention ‘It is when eggs are washed, removing the natural protective coating that they must be refrigerated.’ Could you please give some more information about this topic? …”

KVijay, I apologize for not writing in response to your question until now. I did not see the comment posted below my blog Going on Vacation? Caring for Poultry While You’re Away. It’s always best to contact me directly for immediate answers to your poultry concerns. And I am always happy to write a blog post to help others who may have the same questions.

And I appreciate all the comments readers post, except the ones about how some voodoo magic cured some dude’s herpes. We all know it’s a scam, no matter how much cobra venom, ancient tree sap, tears of a fictional red phoenix (probably the only thing that might work), or whatever the heck it is that he is pretending to slather on his privates. Sigh … just stop.

Here’s the breakdown: Before laying an egg, the hen produces something called an egg bloom, which is a protective coating on the egg that seals the shell pores. The egg bloom prevents bacteria from penetrating the shell. It is this coating that allows eggs to be stored safely at room temperature, preferably in a cool, dry location. This is why if you are unable to collect eggs for a few days because you’re on vacation (or whatever the reason), they shouldn’t spoil.

Washing off this protective coating allows the possibility for dangerous bacteria to seep into the shell’s pores or hairline cracks, thus contaminating the edible insides. This is reduced when washed eggs are refrigerated at temperatures low enough to halt bacterial growth.

6/5/2019 7:38:09 PM

I understand that refrigerated eggs must continue being stored in the fridge. My question is this. If I take eggs out of the fridge at 7am and wash them for the first time in warm water so that I can take them in to coworkers, do they need to go back in the fridge immediately, or can they sit out at room temp until the end of the day (4:30) provided they go back in the fridge when my coworkers get home?

1/10/2019 10:53:48 AM

Thanks for the helpful information: No Voodoo here!

1/10/2019 10:53:34 AM

Thanks for the helpful information: No Voodoo here!

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