Doubt is sown and you no longer know how to store your eggs. So, myth or reality? We lift the veil on this mystery!
In shops in France, it is prohibited to store and sell eggs in refrigerators. The cause ? An increased risk that they are contaminated with salmonella, a bacterium that causes diarrhea, high fevers and very painful abdominal cramps, among other things. With our American friends, on the other hand, it is mandatory to keep your eggs in the refrigerator. You will quickly understand why.
According to the World Health Organization, salmonellosis is one of the most common foodborne illnesses, with tens of millions of contaminations and more than one hundred thousand deaths worldwide each year.
It is by ingesting products of animal origin, including eggs, that humans can be contaminated. However, the egg must be contaminated with a high number of bacteria, something more common in old eggs, to contract the disease. In addition, bacteria reproduce more slowly at low temperatures.
Should you wash your eggs?
So we might find it wise to keep our eggs in the fridge, except that… it’s not that simple.
When she lays, the hen coats the egg with a protective liquid (cuticle) which prevents bacteria from passing through.
Knowing this, you might then consider washing your eggs to rid their shells of any traces of salmonella. And this is precisely the mistake not to commit. If you pass your eggs under water, the natural egg cuticle loses its effectiveness and becomes permeable to bacteria again.
That’s why it’s mandatory to keep your eggs cool there.
What is the correct method of preservation?
In this case, why debate and not put your eggs directly in the fridge, without washing them?
Excellent question, which we will answer immediately.
Simply because, when you take an egg out of the fridge, it quickly gets covered in condensation. The growth of bacteria on the shell is then facilitated and their penetration into the egg as well.
This is why storing your eggs in the fridge is a real danger.
However, if you absolutely insist on storing your eggs in the refrigerator for one reason or another, you can reduce the risk of contamination by taking the following precautions:
- keep them in their original box;
- consume them directly after taking them out of the fridge
How can you be sure the eggs are still fresh?
How to make sure your eggs are always fresh? Nothing easier ! Here are some tips:
- Crack an egg on a plate. If your egg is fresh, you will see a very firm egg yolk and an egg white that is hardly runny;
- Shake your egg close to your ear. If you don’t hear anything, then your egg is fresh. If, on the other hand, you hear the contents of the egg moving, your egg is no longer fresh.