It's common practice in the United States to store eggs in the refrigerator because eggs here are power-washed and lose their natural protective coatings, making them more susceptible to contamination. But should you put your eggs in the cute little egg tray in the door of your refrigerator?
Kitchen Fact: Eggs should be stored on a shelf in the refrigerator, not the door.
The answer is no — the door is the warmest part of the refrigerator and the temperature there can fluctuate, especially when the refrigerator is opened.
Instead, store eggs in the main part of the fridge on a shelf, preferably toward the back of the refrigerator where it's coldest and the temperature is more stable. You can still use the egg tray if you like (although we prefer to keep eggs in their carton), but this will help your eggs stay fresher and last longer!
More on Egg Storage
- Are You Storing Eggs in the Carton? You Should Be!
- Is Refrigerating Eggs Necessary?
- How Long Can You Keep Eggs?