Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Myth: I have to wash my store-bought eggs before I store them in the refrigerator.

Answer: Busted!

Most eggs sold commercially have been washed, sanitized and sprayed with an oil coating to help preserve quality and wholesomeness. If you wash the eggs at home, it might remove this protective coating. Also, the extra handling might increase the chance of accidentally cracking the shells. Any bacteria present could then be drawn into the eggs through the cracked shells. It is recommended that the eggs be stored in their original carton in the refrigerator to prevent cracking the shells.
three white eggs

Additional nutrition and health information can be found on the Missouri Families website.

Contributor: Maude Harris, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, University of Missouri Extension,, 573.545.3516

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