Tips on Extending Eggs’ Shelf Life & Quality

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? This year’s theme, “Go Further with Food,” spotlights the importance of sound food choices to fuel a healthy lifestyle. It also provides ideas on easy meal solutions and ways to prevent food waste.

According to the USDA, American’s waste approximately 133 billion pounds of food each year. That’s 30-40% of the total food supply. This amount of waste can impact food security, resource conservation and climate change. Knowing how long foods keep, and the best ways to store them, can help limit food waste.

Like many perishable foods, a few simple steps can help extend the life and quality of your eggs:

  • Proper Refrigeration: Store eggs at 40°F on an inside shelf of the refrigerator versus the in the refrigerator door. The temperature on an inside shelf is more constant than the door.
Did you know? Refrigerating eggs helps maintain egg quality, too! An egg ages more in one day at room temperature than three months in the refrigerator.
  • Keep eggs in the carton: The egg carton helps prevent moisture loss and also protects the eggs from pungent odors.
  • Freezer Storage: Have more eggs than you know what to do with? Freeze them! For information on how to freeze eggs, visit:
  • Staying power: Don’t toss your eggs too soon! Whole eggs in their shell typically last 4 to 5 weeks beyond the pack date. See the table below for more information on how long eggs keep.

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