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How Long Will Fresh Eggs Keep Without Refrigeration?


| 8/1/2008 12:00:00 AM



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




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Mike_S
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.


Mike_S
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.


Tim
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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