How long can you store eggs safely in the refrigerator? I only shop once a month and I need to know if I can keep eggs that long or if I have to go shopping for eggs more often.

asked 16 Oct '09, 20:49

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Check the date on the package of eggs at the store to make sure you are getting the freshest they have. The eggs should last a 30-40 days. Keep them toward the back of the fridge as that is the coolest area, and they might keep longer.


answered 17 Oct '09, 04:24

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Except if you put them in the back of the fridge check on them regularly because when I did this once they froze!

(19 Oct '09, 03:19) Sabrina ♦

Shouldn't be a problem. If you're ever concerned about whether they're still good but don't want to just crack them open to check, put them in a bowl of cold unsalted water. If they lay there or are tipped on one side, they're fresh. If they stand up on end, they're still usable, but probably better boiled than over easy. If they float, throw them out, cuz they're too old.


answered 17 Oct '09, 12:04

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I saw a segment on the Today show that talked about how long you can keep different items in your refrigerator after the expiration date. The expert on there said that for eggs you can keep them up to two after their expiration date as long as they are kept in the fridge.


answered 18 Oct '09, 00:04

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Is that two weeks or two months?

(13 Jan '10, 02:45) Elizra

If you make sure to find the eggs that were just freshly stocked, you will be more than okay with keeping them for a month. Eggs stay good well past there use by date. If you start getting weary of their freshness just crack one in a seperate container and if its really runny and thin or has a fould smell, its time to throw them out. I have kept eggs for longer than a month before and they have been just fine.


answered 16 Oct '09, 21:11

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You probably want to invest in fresh, good quality eggs. A month is probably about as long as you'd want to keep Grade A eggs. Grade AA, probably only a couple weeks. The egg whites can get more runny the longer they are stored. Eggs don't often spoil, but they may become less usable. Just make sure you cook them well.

Another alternative if you have worries is to hard-boil them - they'll keep a little bit longer. You won't be able to make an omelet, but you can use them in an egg salad or something.


answered 17 Oct '09, 02:30

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I won't really suggest to stock up on eggs for more than 3 weeks. Especially we can't really tell how much time the eggs were stocked in the grocery or from the distributors.

But to be honest with you, we used to have poultry back home and eggs do really last for more than a month or two. You don't even need to put it in fridge, just make sure it is dry. But for those egg that came from grocery, you are better off putting them in the fridge.

But remember, fresher is better. I really missed getting eggs from chickens that don't use steroid or egg enhancing medicines.


answered 17 Oct '09, 09:27

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According to the FDA you can keep eggs up to 6 weeks in the refrigerator.


answered 17 Oct '09, 12:47

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I keep eggs over 30 days all the time. But i like to cook with a kind of eggs I can't find all the time around here. So, when I find them i buy a ton of them. A friend told me about freezeing them in a large ice tray. It works like a charm. Hope this helps.


answered 17 Oct '09, 22:14

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Farmers have 30 days to get eggs to market.
Grocers have 30 days to sell them.
They may be in the fridge for a month.
It's possible that in April you could be eating eggs laid on Christmas.

Generally farmers get eggs to market much sooner and you may get them as soon as the grocer does (within 10 days of laying is possible).

Grade AA eggs become grade A after two weeks. They're OK after a month, but not as good. As said above, if in doubt put them in water. If they float don't use (the higher they float, the older they are). Putting them in water reduces their storage time, so don't get them wet unless you plan to use them soon or wash with hot tap water after float test.


answered 18 Oct '09, 04:23

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You can definitely store eggs for a month without a problem. Keep them refrigerated and they should be just fine. We have stored eggs for about 8 weeks with no problem.


answered 18 Oct '09, 17:02

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