Eggs are a great source of protein. It’s a food that is easy, cheap, nutritious, and delicious to eat. The best eggs to preserve are fresh eggs, eggs that have never been refrigerated prior to you purchasing them. You can buy these at the local farmer’s market, farm stand, or farm. These are the freshest eggs you can have. Eggs go bad when the air sac inside of the egg starts sticking to the shell of the egg, thus causing the shell to become porous, letting air come inside to rotten the eggs. This is a step-by-step guide on food storage methods for preserving eggs.
1). Purchase fresh eggs that have not been refrigerated. As you can see, I bought two crates of eggs, and I had some left over. I am lucky to buy these from local farmers that come around in their trucks in our neighborhood every few days.
2). Pack the eggs in some sort of crates/housing. My eggs came in these crates already, made of cardboard, so I just use those as I get around 3 dozen eggs in each crate. You can use the crates at the supermarket, such as Styrofoam, clear plastic, etc. Those are great as you can just turn all the eggs over at once.
3). When you buy fresh eggs, usually they are not as clean as store-bought refrigerated eggs. There are no huge big budget factories that clean it spotlessly white. Sometimes they are smeared with the chickens’ feces or dirt, etc. You can take some water dipped in a little vinegar, a cloth or clean towels, and clean around the eggs or just wash it under the sink. Usually, I just keep them as they came because I noticed that when you crack them carefully, it doesn’t really make a difference if you can tilt the eggs to not touch the shell. This is entirely up to you.
4). Find a cool, dark place in your home for the best food storage space for eggs. I use my pantry which only gets sunlight and air when I open the back door.
5). You can place your egg crates/cartoons side by side or if you have a lot of crates and eggs, you can stack them on top of one another. Do this gently and carefully as not to crack any eggs. Once an egg is cracked, it will get rotten as air will be able to come inside. If you do crack an egg, eat those immediately. If you have a tiny hole in one of your eggs, I suggest you crack it in a small bowl and smell to see if it is rotten. If it is not, eat it immediately. If it is, then discard.
6). Every other day, you will come inside your pantry and turn your eggs over in the crate as this prevents the air sac from settling to the egg shell. Turn ALL your eggs over – one by one. If you have a Styrofoam/plastic cartoon, you can just flip the whole cartoon to flip all your eggs. This is the easiest method.
7). If you do this every other day to fresh bought eggs (eggs that have not been refrigerated), the eggs will last approximately 2 months. This depends on whether or not you flip them every day and the temperature of your storage. I live in the tropics (the Caribbean) and my eggs have lasted over two months if I consistently turn my eggs over every other day.
8). When you do eat the eggs, I highly recommend cracking them individually in a small bowl to make sure they are not rotten. It’s a waste and frustrating to say the least, when you are cooking your eggs in a huge pan, and the last one turns out to be rotten. You have to throw away the whole batch. So to prevent that, I just crack each of my eggs in a small bowl, separately, one by one, to check if they are good or not. That way, if an egg is rotten, I can just discard and wash the bowl with soap and water – and my other eggs stay clear of contamination.
*Food Storage for eggs bought already refrigerated. If you cannot purchase fresh eggs that have never been refrigerated and you must buy already refrigerated eggs at the supermarket, you CAN store your eggs in the method described above, but you MUST turn them over EVERY DAY instead. They will keep up to 10 days.
Beth A. Leonard, COOL WAYS TO KEEP FOOD WITHOUT REFRIGERATION: Fridge-free tips and tricks that work even in the tropics. 2007. Web 29-30 May 2013. www.bethandevans.com/pdf/livingwithoutrefrigeration.pdf.