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How to Store Eggs Correctly

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The quality of eggs depends a lot on how you store them. In the right conditions, they can remain fresh for 3-5 weeks or even longer if you freeze them.

5-Minute Crafts is going to tell you how to correctly store eggs at home and even prolong their shelf life if needed.

How to store fresh eggs after you buy them

Storing eggs on the fridge door isn’t the best idea. They will suffer from temperature fluctuations every single time you open and close the door. Instead, place the eggs into the fridge on the upper or middle shelf where the temperature is most stable. When kept there, the eggs can be stored for 3-5 weeks — but not longer than the shelf time written on the pack indicates.

How to store fresh whites and yolks

Fresh whites and yolks can be stored in sealed containers for up to 4 days. To prevent the yolks from drying, add a bit of cold water to them. And before using them, remove the water.

How to store boiled eggs

Just like any other prepared foods, boiled eggs should be stored on the upper shelf of the fridge. Put them in a container, close it with a lid, and eat the eggs within a week.

How to store egg meals

These are stored the same way as boiled eggs — in a container with a lid on. But the shelf life is a bit shorter, and prepared meals should be eaten within 3-4 days.

Freezing eggs

  • To prolong the shelf life of fresh eggs, you can freeze them. Keep the containers of eggs (without the shells) of whites and yolks separately. It is not recommended to freeze eggs in the shell. It will impact the quality and the structure of the eggs.

  • Frozen eggs can be stored for up to 1 year. But make sure that the freezer is at the right temperature. Frozen eggs can be stored at a temperature no higher than −1°F.

  • You have to do something to the yolks before freezing them. If you just freeze them without preparing them properly, they won’t be good for cooking. Add 1/8 tsp of salt or 1.5 tsp of sugar to every 4 yolks. On the container, mark if you added salt or sugar since you’ll likely use them for different purposes (like meals or desserts).

  • You can use ice cube trays to freeze egg yolks in.

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