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What is the shelf life of eggs in the refrigerator?

Asked by gailcalled (54601points) April 29th, 2007
I sometimes forget about the eggs sitting in their carton. When should I toss them?
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sferik's avatar
After 3 to 5 weeks, according to the Food Safety and Inspection Service.
ben's avatar
Of note, organic local eggs will last much longer (because when you buy them in the store, they've probably already been around for a while).
occ's avatar
also, you don't actually need to refrigerate South American supermarkets the eggs are stored in the baking section near the flour and not in the refrigerated section. Probably still best to store in your fridge at home, but there's not really a problem if they get left out.
gailcalled's avatar
So, why do eggs turn rotten and smell like sulphuric acid when left unrefrigerated long enough. A deer repellant we use here is raw eggs mixed w. a gallon of water; jug is left out for a week untill it really reeks; then fluid and eggs are distributed around plants you want the deer to avoid. Very successful until it rains; then the smelly solution must be reapplied.
ladybird8302's avatar

how long after the “purchase by” date are the eggs still good to consume?

ellisvk01's avatar

After having eggs in the refrigerator can they be taken out to transport on a 10 hour trip? With out keeping them on ice that is.

bdday610's avatar

According to this site, it is safe to eat refrigerated eggs 4 to 5 weeks after the sell-by date…

jo35042's avatar

I don’t have an answer, but am about to eat some eggs that had a sell by date of Sept. 26. They have been refrigerated. Wish me luck! will let you know!

deeone75's avatar

After the eggs reach home, they may be refrigerated 3 to 5 weeks from the day they are placed in the refrigerator. The “sell-by” date will usually expire during that length of time, but the eggs are perfectly safe to use.

lunaclips's avatar

I didn’t know this. I guess I’ve been throwing out eggs unnecessarily. I never seem to eat the eggs soon enough. At least, that’s what I used to think.

cetakata's avatar

this will sound pretty gross but i just used my refrigerated eggs with a sell by date of 7/17/09 in my banana bread recipe and so far so good. If you don’t hear form me that means all is well with my 3.5 month past sell by date eggs.

ko's avatar

Fresh eggs were flew into Alaska once a year, they would store them in a cooler and just turn them every month. Here in the Utah I have kept eggs in the fridge for as long as a few months, but I have always made it a practice to check my eggs each time by cracking in a small bowl first looking and smelling it. Fresh eggs from your own chickens of course do last longer, eggs at the store can be up to a month or more old before being put on the shelf for you to buy.

cheffryw8's avatar

If they are harvested and cleaned the same day as they are laid they are good for a few days to a week without refrigeration. If they are refrigerated they will last 5–6 months (yes months :-) without a problem, assuming the shells are not cracked.

Earthgirl's avatar

I use this test to determine if an egg is fresh. Funny but I keep forgeting if floating is good or sinking is good! This is copied from website Whats Cooking America:
Carefully lower your eggs into fresh cold water (do not use salted water) using a spoon:


If the egg stays at the bottom – it is fresh.

If the egg is at an angle on the bottom – it is still fresh and good to eat.

If the egg stands on its pointed end at the bottom – it is still safe to eat but best used for baking and making hard-cooked eggs.

If the egg floats – It’s stale and best discarded.

The final test: To make sure the egg is not spoiled, break it into a clean bowl and check to make sure it doesn’t have a bad odor or appearance.

flo's avatar

I give a week more than whatever the date stamp says.

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ibstubro's avatar

Allow them to wallow in cold water.
If they float, discard them.
If they sink, use them.

Disclaimer: a self defrosting refrigerator will draw moisture out of eggs, causing them to float when good. A bad egg is a BAD egg!
—If you crack an egg into a bowl and there’s no odor/discoloration, it is a good egg.——

flo's avatar

Some yolks stay completely intact when you crack them into a bowl, and some it spread out. Is that another way of finding out?

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