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RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Why are store bought chicken eggs stored in a cooler?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (20368points) 1 week ago

I thought that they do not need to be refrigerated?

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ragingloli's avatar

When eggs are laid, they come with a protective film that prevents germs from entering the interior through the shell.
In the colonies, eggs are washed with chemicals, which destroys that layer, and makes it easy for germs to pass through the shell. Hence the need for refrigeration.

seawulf575's avatar

@ragingloli is correct. If you want to store eggs at room temperature you have to restore a protective coating. This can be done by applying a coating of mineral oil.

LadyMarissa's avatar

IF you have fresh eggs laid by a yard chicken (as opposed to store bought eggs that have been processed), you don’t need to refrigerate them as Mother Nature gives them a natural protection. IF you wash those fresh eggs, they will need to be refrigerated afterwards. Store bought eggs have been washed & processed in such a way that they DO need to be refrigerated afterwards!!!

IF not washed, fresh eggs can be safely stored for up to a year without being refrigerated!!! Due to the processing, store bought eggs won’t last very long at all without being refrigerated. There is a way to test the freshness of your eggs. When in doubt, test your eggs freshness!!!

Blackwater_Park's avatar

It is mandated by health codes that eggs that just came out of a chicken’s butt (cloaca) be washed. In doing so the protective layer (bloom) is removed necessitating the need for refrigeration.

Patty_Melt's avatar

Washing sounds against nature, since doing so means refrigeration then becomes necessary. Most people would not eat eggs if they saw what they look like unwashed.

ragingloli's avatar

Only because they have been conditioned that way.
Here, you constantly see eggs with dirt, bits of chicken poop, and feathers on them, and nobody cares.

Patty_Melt's avatar

Yes. I had chickens when I was a kid. We saw all that. Mainly we washed them just so that stuff wouldn’t get into the cooking.
City dwelling Americans tend to say ew-ew about lots of things.

Dutchess_III's avatar

“He won’t sit next to a colored child but he’ll eat a egg shoot out a chicken’s ass!”

anniereborn's avatar

Somehow I do not think it is coming out of her “butt”.

Dutchess_III's avatar

That was a quote from “Fried Green Tomatoes.”

kritiper's avatar

To keep their high quality “GRADE A” rating intact. The grade of eggs can drop quite a bit when you take eggs home on a warm day, say from GRADE A to GRADE D.

kritiper's avatar

I don’t know of anywhere outside “the colonies,” but here in the United States, after the eggs are cleaned, they are treated with water glass, which is ”..a substance consisting usually of sodium silicate, but sometimes of potassium silicate, or both (” double” water glass), found in commerce as a glassy mass, a stony powder, or dissolved in water as a viscous syrupy liquid. It is used as a cement, as a protective coating and fireproofing agent, and in preserving eggs, etc.” – from Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, 1960 ed.

I have used it to seal porous cast iron engine blocks.

smudges's avatar

So @RedDeerGuy1, I guess you and I will just have to make a choice – assume they need refrigeration or assume they’ve been treated with water glass. I always thought they didn’t need refrigeration unless they were going to be at room temp for a month or so. ¯\(ツ)

@Dutchess_III love that movie!

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