Raw eggs have a shelf life of at least 21 days (three weeks) when stored at the right temperature. From the time you purchase them, eggs remain really good and of high quality for those three weeks after which they gradually begin to slowly deteriorate until they go bad.
So, if you’re in the habit of buying eggs in bulk or crates like most people, you would need to preserve them right so they last for as long as possible.
When stored properly using the right medium and techniques, raw eggs have been known to last for ten months and in some cases, up to two years.
Here are Three Agelong Methods for Preserve Your Raw Egg
1. Store Eggs at Room Temperature
Eggs can be stored at room temperature, but not for very long.
Egg stored this way can last for up to a week but must be kept from very hot temperature or they would go go bad faster.
While storing your eggs at room temperature works just fine to preserve them, you should however know that they ages seven times faster than eggs stored in a refrigerator. This is because air passes through the shell more to get to the egg.
These eggs are also at risk of getting infected with Salmonella, a bacteria that causes food poisoning. To prevent this, some people would usually coat the egg with coconut oil, leave the oil to drain and then store with the small side facing down.
2. Refrigerate the Eggs
Eggs stored in a fridge last longer than those stored at room temperature.
The eggs should be in their shell, kept in the carton and stored at 35 F -45 F. It is also recommended you store the eggs inside the fridge and not at the fridge door as the fridge door has a fluctuating temperature due to the constant opening and closing.
Egg stored in the fridge last for four weeks and can last for up to six at constant temperature.
If you have some eggs left over from baking or frying, you can also preserve this in the fridge. However, you should know that eggs already out of their shell have a much shorter lifespan and last for just 2-4 days.
You should also know that once refrigerated, eggs have to stay that way or they will go bad. So they can’t be refrigerated today and brought out to be stored at room temperature the next day.
3. Store Eggs in a Freezer
If you would like your egg preserved for a much longer time, storing inside the freezer is usually a much better alternative.
Eggs stored this way last for six months and up to one year.
To store, crack and beat egg to combine both egg white and yolk, then store in an air tight container.
Anytime you need to make use of some eggs, just bring out of the freezer and put in the fridge overnight so it thaws.
How to Know If Your Egg is Fresh
This simple test is useful for determining eggs that are still of high quality and good enough to be eaten.
To find out, fill a bowl with water, enough to cover your egg and then some. Next, slowly drop the egg into the water and watch the reaction. If the egg sinks to the bottom to lie on its side, it’s still very fresh. If it sinks in, but lies on it’s bottom, it isn’t fresh, but is still healthy enough to be eaten. If however, the egg floats, then it is bad and should be discarded immediately.