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Egg-citing ideas

Agriculture.com Staff 07/06/2010 @ 5:06pm

With food safety concerns making headline news these days, you've probably become more conscious about the items you put in your grocery cart. While you've paid attention to details like expiration dates and refrigeration requirements, you may have been lax from time to time.

Take the egg, for example. If you pull a carton from your refrigerator and see that the expiration date has come and gone, are the eggs still safe to use? Following are five questions that will test your egg knowledge.

Can I use eggs beyond their expiration date?

Egg cartons with the USDA grademark must display a Julian date or the date eggs were packed. Although it's not required, eggs may also have an expiration date beyond which eggs shouldn't be sold. Eggs can be stored in the carton in the refrigerator for four to five weeks beyond the Julian date on the carton.

I left eggs out overnight. Are they safe to use?

The general rule is if food is at room temperature for more than two hours, it should be discarded. Therefore, the best thing to do is throw the eggs away.

What should i consider when buying eggs?

Buy uncracked Grade A or AA eggs from refrigerated cases only.

What is the best way to store raw eggs?

Raw eggs should be kept in a 40 degrees F. or below refrigerator. Store eggs in the carton to prevent breakage, odor, absorption, and to help prevent the loss of carbon dioxide and moisture (lowers egg quality). Place the carton on a middle or lower shelf where the temperature will fluctuate less.

How long will hard-boiled eggs last?

Hard-boiled eggs in the shell can be refrigerated up to one week.

Now that you've refreshed your egg knowledge, apply it to the egg-citing recipes on the following pages!

With food safety concerns making headline news these days, you've probably become more conscious about the items you put in your grocery cart. While you've paid attention to details like expiration dates and refrigeration requirements, you may have been lax from time to time.

Prep: 30 minutes

Start to finish: 25 minutes

Prep: 40 minutes; Rise: 1 hour 30 minutes; Bake: 10 minutes

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