5 Crazy Things You Didn't Know About Eggs

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eggsI'm a big fan of eggs, but I have to say that they're among the scariest of foods when it comes to handling. One misstep, and it's salmonella city, right?

It turns out that many of our fears about eggs actually may be baseless. For example, I was absolutely blown away to learn that eggs may not need to be refrigerated. Though some disagree, The Daily Mail commissioned a scientific study and found that keeping eggs at room temperature is perfectly fine. They studied two batches of eggs over two weeks -- one refrigerated and one at room temperature -- and found "there was no difference whatsoever between the two batches. Both remained bacteria-free."

As stunned as I may be by this revelation, I don't think I'm brave enough to put my stomach on the line to test their findings, however. And it should be noted that the Incredible Egg Council recommends keeping eggs stored between 33 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and throwing out eggs that are left at room temperature after two hours. So their findings aren't universally accepted, but it's fascinating nonetheless that you might be able to keep eggs on your counter. Here are four other things that might make you less scared of eggs.

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Brown eggs are not healthier than white eggs

For some reason the brown ones look healthier and more virtuous, but it really only has to do with the breed of chicken who laid them. Brown eggs come from hens with red earlobes, and white eggs come from hens with white ones.

Green egg yolks are okay to eat

Sam I Am didn't think he liked green eggs, and neither do most people when they crack open a hard-boiled egg and see an unappetizing green yolk there. They're actually fine to eat though. It just comes from overheating the egg, and you can prevent it from happening by running cold water over the hot eggs as soon as they're finished cooking.

Bloody eggs are okay too

I've always thrown out eggs at the sight of any blood and probably always will. But you don't have to. According to the Egg Safety Council, those spots and streaks are just caused by a rupture of a blood vessel on the surface of the yolk. They pose no health risk at all.

Eggs keep longer than you think

As soon as that expiration date on the carton nears, I toss the eggs, but I may be wasting a lot of money that way. The date is typically the sell-by date, and according to the USDA eggs are safe for five weeks after that date, perhaps even longer.

Are you surprised to learn these things about eggs?


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Lowry... LowryCuisine

City people... sigh. There is so much most people don't know about their food you could fill a novel and half of them still wouldn't read it to learn.

nonmember avatar FarmersWife

If you get fresh eggs that haven't been refrigerated, you won't need to put them in the fridge either. I've even hatched eggs after them sitting out for up to 3 weeks.

Best way to tell if your eggs are ok or not- put them in a bowl of water. Any that float are too old. As the egg ages the air sack gets bigger and bigger, big enough to float the egg, time to toss it. Fresh eggs sink and stay on their sides, older but ok will stand on end but not float to the top.

ms_da... ms_danielle_j

Thank you LowryCuisine! My parents were born in other countries and had farms and I keep my eggs on the counter all the time and they are fine...never gotten sick. I wouldn't eat them raw but I have licked a spoon in my lifetime or two with slathered in cake batter and I'm alright...it's only in america where you can catch food bourne illnesses by looking at food! LOL

nonmember avatar Adrien

In Europe it is very common to find the eggs in stores not refrigerated. And everyone is just fine.

nonmember avatar Shylo Ferguson

City folks and Americans in general are afraid of their food because all we get are stories about food borne illnesses. Bad mayo, ecoli in the vegis...hmmm do they realize these illnesses come mostly from fast food? Prob not. Lol

Felip... FelipesMom

Yes, Shylo, but the underlying couse of our fear is that we are too far removed from our food. We don't think about, see, or participate in the process of getting food from its source to the table. As a result, no one bats an eye at artifical additives or extra processing, but kids and even adults yell "EW!" and act like they;ve seen cooties if you remind them that a hamburger is made from a cow, or any other should-be-obvious food fact.

shell... shellyplatz

nope! People are way to crazy these days about expiration dates! most things have so many perservatives in them they will probably last forever!

nonmember avatar Veronica

As the wife of a food scientist/farm boy (no that does not mean Chef) I knew all of these. People are way too scared of food because people put all kinds of misinforation out there and they believe it.

nonmember avatar Cynthia

I grew up in the country and know/knew where almost all my food came from and shop at the farmer's market and such to teach my kids the same things as well as visit family and friends still on famrs/in the country. We get farm fresh eggs weekly and my only issue with eggs is how to teach the kids to crack them without getting the shells into what we're making!

mande... manderspanders

Eggs are good way past the expiration. I have eggs in the fridge right now that have mid-June dates on them, and they are still good.

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