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How To Store Eggs: “Buffer” Egg Storage Tip To Keep Eggs “Fresh For Longer” And Repel Bacteria

Eggs are a moot point in many homes when it comes to choosing where to store them, and with so much conflicting advice it can be hard to find the right answer. However, according to a farmer who shares his farming life on TikTok, the main thing to consider is the location of your eggs in their case. In a video shared on his widely followed profile, Noah Young revealed that all eggs should be stored with the pointed end facing a certain way.

Noah (@theshilohfarm) explained that the lesser-known trick means most people have been storing eggs “all wrong” for years, adding that the pointy tip is the crucial thing to look for when storing eggs in the fridge — or over the counter.

He said: ‘Every egg has a pointed end and a blunt end and that blunt end actually has something called an air cell.

“This air cell actually acts as a buffer, keeping bacteria like Salmonella away from the yolk.”

Storing each individual egg with the pointy end down and the blunt, rounded side helps keep the yolk centered, but that’s not the only benefit.

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When it comes to storing eggs at home, the Food Standards Agency recommends storing them whole in a cool, dry place, “ideally in the refrigerator,” until ready to use.

Naturally, they should be stored with the pointed end to minimize the risk of bacteria, although this will only be effective if your eggs are fresh in the first place.

To check the freshness of your eggs, you can use the float test using just a bowl of room temperature water

This is incredibly easy to do and can determine whether your eggs are fresh, a week old, stale, or “very old.”

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Fill a glass bowl with tap water and leave it at room temperature for 15 minutes to accurately determine the age of the product.

Carefully drop one egg at a time into the bowl. If it sinks to its side, the egg is fresh and can be safely stored in the refrigerator for two to three weeks.

Even week-old eggs will sink, even if they land with the pointed tip angled up while still slightly on their side.

Stale eggs should sink to the bottom with the tip clearly up, and very old products will float to the top.

If, like Noah, you rely on eggs produced from animals on a local farm or in your own backyard, you can safely store them for up to six weeks in the refrigerator after washing them.

The Nebraska farmer added that, alternatively, you can store unwashed produce on the counter for up to four weeks.

The reason “bad” eggs float is that the moisture inside each one evaporates through the shell as they age. As this decreases, the air bubble inside — which Farmer Noah pointed out — should grow.

One way to test this without a bowl of water is to gently grab the egg next to your ear and shake it. If you feel liquid moving inside the shell, that’s a bad sign that your eggs have broken loose. However, if you are unsure, you should use the float trick to determine the exact age.