After Reading This You May Never Refrigerate Your Eggs Again

After Reading This You May Never Refrigerate Your Eggs Again

Open your refrigerator. Do you have eggs in there? If your eggs are in the refrigerator, you’re most likely living somewhere in North America, Scandinavia, Japan, or Australia. In almost every other part of the world, eggs sit out on the counter. The main question is, do our eggs need to be refrigerated or not?


Back in the early 1900s and before, eggs were not chilled at all. Those who sold eggs simply washed them and shipped them out. That all changed when a bad batch of eggs from Australia hit the United Kingdom, leading to an outbreak of illness.

As a result of this episode, the UK and America started washing all eggs when they got shipped in. This leaves the egg shell shiny, clean, and shampooed. However, it also removes a natural barrier of protection from the egg. This makes it easier for bacteria to break through the eggshell.

To combat this problem, Americans started refrigerating their eggs. After all, if it’s easier for microorganisms to get in, it’s important to slow their growth by dropping the temperature. Several other countries followed suit. That brings us to where we are today.


Research on egg safety and refrigeration is mixed, which is why the status quo hasn’t changed in decades. The Journal of Food Protection reports that in-vitro insertion of salmonella into eggs was more successful with non-refrigerated eggs than with refrigerated eggs.

However, Americans aren’t sticking needles full of salmonella into their eggs, so is refrigeration really necessary? Many experts think not, according to National Public Radio. In the American food system, there are many safeguards against salmonella, including washing, inspections, and consistency from supplier to store.

In Europe, many chickens are vaccinated against salmonella. As this is the main health concern with eggs, this minimizes the need for refrigeration.


If you buy your eggs from the grocery store, you likely need to keep refrigerating them. Consistency is the key to keeping the egg supply clean and free of disease. If eggs are refrigerated at one point of the process and then left at room temperature, they begin to sweat. This leads to mold and allows bacteria to grow.

On the other hand, you may be able to skip refrigeration if you get your eggs from a local supplier. Eggs from local farms are often larger, richer in nutrients, and tastier. Since they may not be refrigerated before they get to you, you may be able to store them at room temperature.


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