Philadelphia, PA - How Long Do Eggs Last in the Fridge? Although it may be easy to assume your eggs have gone bad when they surpass the date stamped on their carton, it is still safe to consume them; even eggs that have passed their expiration date by several weeks might still be edible with proper knowledge and techniques.
Eggs have a short shelf-life when stored at room temperature, and should continually be refrigerated once brought home from either a store or your backyard chicken coop, advises Brittany Donovan of Horse Shoe Ranch in Pennsylvania with over 2,000 pasture-raised hens. However, eggs will usually be kept for two weeks before refrigeration to prevent bacteria growth and ensure safe consumption.
Refrigerator Storage: When placing eggs in the fridge for longer-term storage, place them in their original carton in the innermost corner of the coldest shelf, away from pungent foods to prevent absorption of their aromas. For even longer storage time, slightly raise one end of the carton every month to switch which side it has lifted up.
Freezer Storage: When freezing eggs for later use, store them in an airtight container or bag and label them with their storage date. Simply thaw overnight in the refrigerator or under running cold water when you need one - freezing can also help preserve its shape!