Select Clean, Fresh Eggs: Dirty, cracked, or leaking eggs may have become contaminated with harmful bacteria.
- Refrigerate promptly.
- Store large ends up.
- Eggs absorb refrigerator odors easily -- store in egg carton for least odor absorption.
- Refrigerate eggs up to five weeks from packing date; approximately three weeks from date purchased from grocery.
- Packing date is stamped on the carton from 1 to 365. One represents January 1 and 365 represents December 31.
- Avoid getting eggshell into raw egg. Bacteria may be present on outside of the shell.
Storing Raw Egg Whites
- Refrigerate in tightly covered container for up to four days.
- Freeze for up to a year.
Storing Unbroken Egg Yolks
- Yolks may be refrigerated in by covering them with water in a tightly covered container.
- Yolks may be refrigerated up to two days.
- Do not freeze yolks as they will become very viscous and difficult to mix.
Freezing Whole Eggs
- Beat whites and yolks together.
- Place in tightly covered container.
- Freeze up to a year.
After Working with Eggs
Wash hands, utensils, and surfaces thoroughly.
For More Information
See the USDA Web site at http://www.fsis.usda.gov
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