Here are a few simple tips to keep your store-bought eggs fresh and delicious longer.

BUY FRESH EGGS

This seems obvious, but do be sure to look at the expiration dates of your eggs. Pick them up last when shopping and ask they they’re packed with frozen or cold groceries to keep them cool

KEEP ‘EM COLD

Unlike in European countries, we process eggs differently here. This means store-bought North American eggs must be stored in the fridge—ideally in the centre and at 4°C.  Keep them in their original container to keep them from absorbing strong flavours and to protect them. Resist the urge to use those built egg holder in your fridge door. The constant movement rattles the eggs, thinning out the membranes. They’re also, not really cold enough.

HANDLE YOUR EGGS WITH CARE

When preparing eggs (like other perishable foods) keep your workspace and hands clean. If you’re baking and you want to use room temperature eggs, try not to let the eggs remain at room temperature any longer than necessary. Resist the temptation to consume raw eggs and yes, that does mean NOT eating all that cookie dough.

RECOMMENDED STORAGE GUIDELINES

Raw whole eggs should be used by their “best before” date, while raw yolks or whites should be used within 2-4 days of cracking the egg. Cooked egg dishes can last 3-4 days in the fridge and hardboiled eggs should be eaten up within a week. Frozen whole eggs can go a good four months in the freezer.