Eggs: Counter vs Fridge – Which is better?

Counter top or Fridge? Where do you keep your eggs?

You must know someone who swears that eggs go in the fridge, after all, fridges usually come with a little egg storage compartment right?

But do eggs really need to be stored in the fridge?

When you visit a supermarket, such as Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda etc… where are the eggs kept? Do you ever have to visit a refrigerated aisle to collect your half-dozen eggs?

No, of course not! Eggs are sitting on a shelf, waiting for you to pick them up.

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typical egg storage in a Tesco supermarket



But if you look at a carton of eggs, it clearly states “Best Kept Refrigerated”

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half-dozen eggs

Confused? Well I’m not surprised!

According to the British Egg Website (yes there is such a thing! – link here) all store-bought eggs should have the “Red Lion” mark, which “guarantee that the eggs have come from hens vaccinated against salmonella”

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They also provide the following information on egg storage:

  • Keep eggs in their original boxes when storing – this ensures any odours from surrounding foods are shut out
  • If you take eggs out of their box, make sure you store and use them in date order
  • Store eggs at a constant temperature below 20°C – this maintains freshness and quality. The fridge is the best place to keep them in domestic kitchens
  • Take them out of the fridge half an hour before cooking for the best results, otherwise the sudden change in temperature could crack the shell or lower its binding qualities in baking

So it seems that any temp below 20°C (68°F) is ideal for storing eggs, which I think is an average room temperature, at least in the UK, and if your kitchen is hotter, to store them in the fridge!

However!!

I keep eggs on the counter in a ceramic “chicken”!

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chick, chick, chick, chick, chickennn….!

You may ask why – and the reason is because I always have! my mum always has, as did my grandparents, and we have never experienced any illness / salmonella. Cold, refrigerated eggs just seem strange to me, and eggs always remain fresh until their ‘use by’ date, and sometimes even beyond that!

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Now, if I were to buy ‘farm fresh’ eggs, I would make sure that I would take extra precautions, I would use them straightaway and (maybe) keep them in the fridge if I decided to keep them for longer than 1-2 days.

So: counter or fridge? Which is better?



It all comes down to personal preference, storage space and room temperature!

Personally, I have had no problems keeping eggs in on the counter, and providing you have the space, I would recommend it, it will save you room in the fridge, and also prevent any ‘fridge smells’ affecting the eggs. In a ceramic chicken, there is a constant temperature, rather than a possible varying temperature in a fridge when the door opens/closes, plus if you need them quickly, you don’t need to wait 30 minutes for them to ‘warm up’.

But if you don’t have the room, and are really concerned about quality, the fridge can be a good place, just make sure you follow the guidelines for optimal freshness.

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Disclaimer: I live in the UK, so my experiences are all personal and based on UK shop bought eggs, not farm fresh and I have no experience of the way eggs are produced/hens are vaccinated in other countries, so please if you have any concerns please check your own food standards agency.

 



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24 Comments

  1. Alvin

    June 7, 2017 at 08:16

    I’ve never actually thought of this question! I normally keep my eggs in the fridge so I thought it was the usual practice. Great read!

    1. Jenny

      June 20, 2017 at 20:40

      Thank you 😊

  2. Tom @ Abroad American

    June 7, 2017 at 08:21

    We’re low on counter space (small German apartment!) so it’s fridge for us! Ours has a little egg shelf with plastic covers. About those food smells though … how would those affect eggs? They’re in shells… Plus I’m from the US and you have to refrigerate your eggs there – they have a different processing system for supermarket eggs!

    1. Jenny

      June 7, 2017 at 08:30

      I believe that because eggshells are naturally porous if you leave them exposed in a fridge with a lot of bad smells, the air can taint the taste of your egg 🍳 not good

      1. Tom @ Abroad American

        June 7, 2017 at 08:33

        I was thinking that might be the case, but I wasn’t sure. I’d never heard that before! Maybe I should store mine with some garlic XD

  3. Alvin Lau

    June 7, 2017 at 08:34

    I’ve never actually thought of this question before! I’m used to putting my eggs in the fridge as a matter of practice. Great read!

  4. Alvin Lau

    June 7, 2017 at 08:35

    I’ve never actually thought of this question before! I’m used to putting my eggs in the fridge as a matter of practice. Great read!

  5. Stefanie

    June 7, 2017 at 08:53

    Great and interesting post! In Spain we don´t even have eggs in the fridge, just in the counter. But in Austria (where I am actually from) it is the other way around and we just have eggs from the fridge…

    1. Jenny

      June 7, 2017 at 13:11

      its interesting what other countries do !

  6. Paula

    June 7, 2017 at 10:58

    I do a lot to make sure my fridge isn’t smelly at all and I keep my eggs in there 🙂 But that’s really interesting bit of reading!

  7. Jenn

    June 7, 2017 at 16:57

    What “cool” info! I didn’t know you could store eggs at room temp. I always keep mine in the fridge!

  8. Shola

    June 7, 2017 at 18:15

    You brought up some great points here. We will be spending a couple months abroad this year and this is definitely good information to use. Thanks!

    1. Jenny

      June 7, 2017 at 18:44

      That’s great !

  9. Kate Schiffman

    June 7, 2017 at 23:01

    This is so interesting to me. As an american I am used to eggs being refrigerated!

  10. Trish

    June 7, 2017 at 23:31

    I leave mine in the pantry, I heard that cold eggs crack when boiling them (for boiled eggs) and also my understanding was that salmonella is only possible if the chicken has it. So putting them in the fridge makes no difference.

  11. Claire

    June 8, 2017 at 00:26

    I have always thought eggs go in the fridge. Now that I see your photos, that is pretty interesting to put it just on the counter top.

  12. Style & Life by Susana

    June 8, 2017 at 05:44

    This is actually a really interesting article! I have always put my eggs in the fridge and this has made me think differently. Thank you for sharing!

  13. Danielle Ruppert

    June 8, 2017 at 16:27

    This is very interesting! Where I am from in the US the eggs are kept refrigerated, even in the grocery store. I have never heard of anyone leaving their eggs out because they are supposed to go bad sitting out. I probably wouldn’t keep my eggs out of the fridge but that is slightly also because I live in Arizona where it gets 110 degrees out so you could literally cook eggs on the side walk if you wanted to hahah 🙂

    -Danielle Ruppert // danielleruppert.com

    1. Jenny

      June 8, 2017 at 16:30

      That would be amazing to see ! Right now it’s 17c (about 62F) so no worries of any heat ! Although it did get a bit hot last weekend but nowhere near your temperatures!

  14. Aleksandra

    June 10, 2017 at 17:40

    I tend to leave mine in the fridge just because of space, or the counter if I have been shopping and just forgot about them 🙂

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