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With 7 chickens, I end up storing a lot of eggs. I bought clear plastic reusable egg containers to store the eggs from my chickens. They are more expensive than the cardboard ones, but you can wash and sterilize them between uses. They can contain any mess if an egg gets broken and they keep trash out of the landfills.
You can put a label on them to keep track of the dates that the eggs were collected, making it easier to eat the oldest ones first. They have a lid, so you can stack multiple containers to keep your refrigerator organized.
If you have ever encountered the "too heavy on one end" egg carton, this will help. Take the opposite two eggs out first. Then do the same thing till you get just four left.
You can either leave them in the middle, or put them on the outer edges. This will always assure your carton won't be too heavy on one end or the other.
When you get down to the last two eggs, just turn the carton toward you and you won't have to worry that the last two will imbalance it.
Hope this helps!
I am staying with a friend while I save up for a big move. Her little fridge is a bit inadequate so things don't exactly get their own place.
If you buy in bulk like I do, I have something to share. I love eggs, and find that I can get 5 dozen for a lot less per dozen. The challenge was where to keep them.
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Storing eggs with the large end up will keep the yolks centered.
By Patricia Fielder
I store my eggs not in the door of the frig but way in the back of the frig where its the coldest. They stay fresh longer. Eggs like to be cold.
the dates on eggs are approximate expiration.. if an egg is bad it floats in salted water.. if it is good it sinks to the bottom.
Keep your eggs in their original cartons til time of use, so they'll not be exposed to the changes every time your refrigerator door is open. They'll keep fresh longer.
Place a date on the carton with a freezer pen so that you will know when you bought them.
When selecting eggs in the store,look for the eggs with the most bumps on the shells. These are the freshest eggs. As the shell gets older it thickens and loses it's bumps.
Place eggs in a deep bowl of cold water if not sure how old they are. Those that float to the top are old and should not be used.
When placing boiled eggs in the fridge with raw ones, use a marker and mark the carton. Don't use indelable markers to mark egg shells. The shells are porus and will allow the harmful ink to contaminate your egg inside. Keep all the boiled in the same carton.
When you put eggs in the egg tray in the refrigerator, should the big end of the egg be up or down?
By Marjorie from MI
It doesn't matter.
While it is correct that which end of the egg is up doesn't matter, eggs should be left in the carton instead of being placed in the refrigerator tray. Leaving them in the carton keeps them fresher for a longer period of time.
I was brought up being told to put the small end down and that is how I have always done it.
Many small farmers and backyard chicken keepers advise that unwashed eggs can be kept at room temperature for up to 30 days. Once washed, according to the University of Wisconsin Extension, they need to be refrigerated at between 35 - 40 degrees F and are typically good for 6 - 8 weeks.