Skip Nav
Papa John's Hot Honey Chicken & Waffles Pizza
Papa John's
Holy Sh*t, There's a Chicken & Waffles Pizza Coming to Papa John's
HGTV
Chip and Joanna Are Opening a Coffee Shop, and We Already Know It'll Be Freakishly Perfect
Guy Fieri
We Tried Guy Fieri's New Chicken Restaurant at Disney World, and Holy Flavortown
McDonald's Shamrock Shake 2019
Food News
Today Must Be My Lucky Day, Because McDonald's Shamrock Shake Is Officially Back!
Easy Salmon With Crispy Cabbage and Kale
Fast and Easy
Salmon With Crispy Cabbage and Kale Is a 1-Pan Wonder

Should You Refrigerate Eggs?

The Surprising Truth About Refrigerating Eggs

Eggs in the US are sold under refrigeration, but that's not the case in many other countries. People who have their own chickens also sometimes leave the eggs outside of the refrigerator until they're ready to cook with them. What's the deal? Do we really need to refrigerate eggs? Here's the breakdown.

If you have your own backyard chickens and can confirm the health of the chickens and the cleanliness of the coop, your unwashed eggs should be OK to leave out for several days. The reason is that eggs have a "bloom," or natural coating, that keeps out air and bacteria. Once eggs are washed, that coating is removed and it becomes easier for bacteria to penetrate the inside of the egg, and thus refrigeration is necessary to keep them fresh.

As for store-bought eggs in the US, you need to refrigerate them. American egg producers wash eggs to make sure the shells are clean and that there's a decreased risk of salmonella. Thus the protective coating is removed before the eggs arrive in grocery stores. "The USDA requires that eggs destined for supermarket shelves — called graded eggs — are washed and sprayed with a chemical sanitizer before they are sold to the public to reduce the risk of salmonella infection," Business Insider reports. Other countries do not wash their eggs, which is why you'll see them for sale near other unrefrigerated items.

ADVERTISEMENT

Of course, to be safe, you can always choose to refrigerate your eggs no matter what. If an egg sits out at room temperature for a day, that's roughly the equivalent of seven days in the fridge, so you have to eat them more quickly. But as always, the fresher the eggs, the better they'll taste.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Jae Payne
Latest Recipes, Menus, Food & Wine
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds