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FOOD STORAGE — HOW LONG CAN YOU KEEP...

EGGS — FRESH, RAW, IN THE SHELL  

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Tips
  • The precise answer to the question “How long do eggs last?” depends to a large extent on storage conditions — to maximize the shelf life of eggs, keep refrigerated at all times.
  • How long do eggs last after the sell-by date? After eggs are purchased, they may be refrigerated for 3 to 5 weeks — the "sell-by" date on the package, if one exists, will usually expire during that storage period, but the eggs will remain safe to use.
  • To maximize the shelf life of eggs, do not store them in the molded egg rack of the refrigerator door, as the temperature is too warm — the eggs will last much longer when they are stored in the main body of the refrigerator, in their purchased carton.
  • To further extend the shelf life of eggs, freeze them; do not freeze eggs in their shells.
  • To freeze whole eggs: (1) Remove eggs from their shells; (2) Pierce yolks and gently mix in 1/2 teaspoon of salt for every one cup of raw eggs (if using eggs for main dishes) or 1 tablespoon of sugar (if using for baking or desserts); (3) Place in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags and freeze.
  • How long do eggs last in the freezer for safety purposes? The freezer time shown is for best quality only — foods kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How long do eggs last in the fridge once they are out of the shell? Eggs out of the shell will usually stay good for 2 to 4 days in the fridge and one year in the freezer; egg yolks and egg whites may also be frozen separately and used later for cooking or baking purposes.
  • How long do eggs last in the fridge if they are hard boiled? Hard boiled eggs will generally stay good for one week in the refrigerator; freezing hard boiled eggs is not recommended.
  • How to tell if eggs are bad? The best way is to crack open the egg and examine it: a fresh egg will have a round, high bright yellow yolk and the white will be thick and cloudy; a bad egg will have a very flat yolk and the white will be runny and watery.

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