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!

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5/2/2018 9:22:19 AM

@Tim my kids have 4-H Chickens. I raised chickens as a kids. We collect the eggs and typically have the girls dust off the eggs with a old tooth brush, but do not wash the eggs. The Chicken have a natural good bacteria that coats the eggs when they are laid and helps preserve them. I have heard the eggs can keep for over a year. We place them in a pantry area that keeps around 40-55 degree year round. When its time to consume we typically wash the eggs then place them in the fridge. We have eaten eggs collected five-plus months old, with no issues.

5/2/2018 9:22:18 AM

We live on a small farm in North Idaho. Kids have 4-H Chicken project. The girls collect the eggs and dust off any debris and they are stored in the pantry where the temperature is about 40-50 degree F. When it comes time for use we wash them then place in the refrigerator. To my understanding the Chickens have a natural bacteria that will preserve the eggs for several months as long as it is NOT washed. We have consumed eggs that were laid several months ago with no issues.

4/22/2018 1:42:47 PM

I just discovered seven eggs from my Banty hen under a shelf. I am sure they have been there for more than a week. Will they still be good?

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