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Storing eggs correctly: why point down?

Many recipes use eggs, egg whites or egg yolks. The kitchen stars are used in cakes, pudding or tiramisu, cooked as a breakfast egg, fried as a fried egg, they turn the cookie dough yellow and are suitable for thickening sauces and mayonnaise. In short: eggs can be used in many ways in the kitchen.

Even if eggs have a hard shell, they are still sensitive. So it comes as no surprise that proper storage is important to keep them fresh longer. It's amazing all the things to consider when storing eggs.

Eggs should go straight to the refrigerator after shopping

The egg shell is covered with a thin protective layer. If the egg shell and thus the protective layer are intact, no germs can penetrate the chicken egg from outside. This layer can prevent the egg from spoiling.

Eggs are sold unrefrigerated in stores, but consumers should keep the eggs in the refrigerator immediately after shopping. Egg cartons therefore always bear the note: "Store at refrigerator temperature".

Once chilled, always chilled

Once the eggs have been chilled in the refrigerator, the cold chain must not be interrupted. Temperature differences are not good for the egg. If chilled eggs are initially stored without refrigeration, the rise in temperature will cause condensation to form on the shell. This damages the protective layer on the egg so that germs can get inside.

Store eggs in the refrigerator door or not?

Many consumers put the eggs in the egg compartment on the refrigerator door. This is practical because all you have to do is open the door and you have the egg in your hand. In addition, eggs are kept separate from other foods. This is important, as otherwise foreign odors from neighboring stored odorous foods such as cheese or fish will be absorbed through the breathable shell of the eggs.

Recently it has become more and more common to read that eggs should not be placed in the egg compartment of the refrigerator door when they are stored in the refrigerator. Frequent opening and closing of the refrigerator door should not be particularly good for the eggs due to the constant temperature change and thus negatively affect the freshness. An alternative is to store the eggs inside the refrigerator, as they are less exposed to temperature fluctuations there.

Pointed down eggs stay fresh longer

If you spoon out a breakfast egg, you will see an air chamber at the rounded end of the egg, which has an impact on the shelf life. If the egg is stored with the air chamber, i.e. with the rounded end facing down, air rises from the air chamber after a while. This can cause the egg membrane to peel off so that germs can penetrate. So it is better to store the egg with the tip down. The egg's air chamber points upwards and the egg stays fresh longer.

Egg yolks and egg whites

You don't need a whole egg for every cake or dessert. Anyone who has leftover egg white or egg yolk can store them covered in a bowl in the refrigerator for a maximum of two days.

Remnants of egg white or egg yolk as well as cracked eggs can be frozen well. The best way to do this is to make a note of what exactly is in the freezer. If you need smaller amounts of eggs more often, you can whisk raw eggs and pour the egg mixture into ice cube trays. The egg cubes obtained can be frozen for around ten months. After thawing, the mixture can be used in the usual way in recipes that are still baked, cooked or boiled.

Still good after the best before date?

Eggs are sensitive foods, so the best before date should be observed. However, it is important for the consumer to know that an egg is not spoiled and therefore edible even after the best before date and when stored in a cool place. To be on the safe side, however, it should only be used for baking or for dishes that are heated to 70 degrees Celsius, but not for dishes such as mayonnaise or tiramisu, for which raw eggs are required. Heating kills possible germs such as salmonella.

Check freshness

Regardless of the stated expiration date, it is also easy to check the freshness of an egg:

  • If a fresh egg is placed in a glass with cold water, it stays there. In an older egg, the air chamber is larger so that it floats on the surface of the water.
  • After opening, the yolk of a fresh egg bulges upwards. If the egg is older, the yolk is flatter and the egg white flows apart. (fra)

Status: September 2019