From a few things I’ve read or heard lately, I now need to worry about eggs spoiling even if they are in the refrigerator. Only a couple of days ago I heard something on TV about how we shouldn’t use the in-the-door egg storage area, because it’s not as cold as the rest of the refrigerator.
And in this list of tongue-in-cheek suggestions for solving common food-related problems, it’s stated that if I don’t remember buying the eggs, they’re probably not fresh. I suppose if I don’t remember buying the eggs at all, they might have a point, and that’s an interpretation that just occurred to me. But I assumed originally it assumed I remember buying the eggs, but had forgotten exactly when.
In our house, the time an egg spends on the refrigerator shelf, or rather, the storage area in the door, can be anywhere from one day to three weeks. That’s probably not long enough to spoil an egg in any case, but when should I normally expect an egg to spoil? For a contrasting viewpoint, I’ve read somewhere – possibly here – that refrigerated eggs never go bad.
Related bonus question: How is it that, depending on the brand, it’s not uncommon to see milk with expiration dates as far as six weeks into the future, whereas it used to be that you were lucky if you could find a half-gallon in the grocery store that had a week of shelf life left. It’s only in the last year or two that I’ve noticed the longer shelf life. I’m not complaining by any means; it’s nice to be able to buy milk for things like cold cereal and coffee, and not have to worry about it going bad.