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How should I store eggs to prevent food poisoning?

Eggs need to be stored properly in order to avoid foodborne illness or food poisoning. Many refrigerators come with what seems like a handy solution -- pre-molded egg cups in the door. But in reality, refrigerator door shelving is one of the worst places to store eggs because the door is the warmest location in a refrigerator.

Skip the pre-molded cups and follow these steps instead:
  • Keep eggs in their original carton and store in the coldest part of the refrigerator.
  • Check the expiration date. If it has passed, toss them.
  • If you have more eggs than you can eat, freeze them. Eggs will keep as long as a year in the freezer. Simply beat whole eggs until just blended, pour into freezer-safe containers, seal tightly and place in a freezer set below 0 degrees Fahrenheit.
Raw eggs can last for up to three weeks in the refrigerator, while hard-boiled eggs (in or out of the shell) can last up to one week.

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