Refrigerate Eggs? Most Of The World Does Not; Here’s Why You Should
Almost everyone loves a good egg. Fried, boiled, or scrambled, they are just delicious. And, packed with protein, they’re good for you too. Just as there’s a bit of controversy over the best way to cook eggs, there is an international dispute over the best way to store them.
Parker Lee wrote an interesting piece at the Independent Journal Review about the two main approaches to egg storage, the U.S. and the European ways. Please read his article about keeping eggs in the fridge. You’ll be glad you did.
Washed And Chilled V. Room Temperature Eggs
First, that aforementioned controversy about storage has to do with fighting salmonella illness. And there are two ways to fight it. There is the American method of washing then refrigerating. And there is the European method of leaving the eggs alone and at room temperature. Lee cites a video that explains the differences and why both work.
Video by SciSho /YouTube.
In the U.S., regulators insist on washing eggs in hot water and bleach. That sterilizes them but it also degrades the outer membrane of the egg. That means the eggs must be chilled or else new bacteria will start growing.
In Europe, regulators insist eggs are not bleached. Thus the outer layer is intact and they can be safely stored outside the fridge.
Other countries around the world follow one of these two strategies rather haphazardly. Evidence suggests that America may slowly adopt the European method. Until it is fully implemented, keep the eggs on ice.
“For now, though, the bottom line remains clear in the U.S. — if you’re buying your eggs from an American store, you’re going to find them refrigerated…and you’d be wise to keep them that way.”
Like I said, both of these preservation methods work. However, you must be careful not to cross them together. American washed eggs, if not refrigerated, will promote bacteria. And this can make you sick. That defeats the whole point.
I’m sure we could probably use a hybrid approach. Just rinse the eggs off to make them attractive. That should not degrade the cuticle. Then they could be refrigerated or not. Choices. Now, make to the cooking debates…
Perrin Lovett writes about freedom, firearms, and cigars (and everything else) at www.perrinlovett.me. He is none too fond of government meddling.