Expert Q&A

Where should eggs be stored and how do I peel a hard-boiled egg?

Cracking all your egg FAQ

By Holly Royce
The humble egg, so versatile and yet so confusing.
For example, where do you store your eggs? How can you tell if an egg is fresh and most challenging of all, how do you peel an egg?
We have all the answers and more, thanks to our AWW experts.

Question: Should eggs be stored in the refrigerator?

Answer: Eggs should be stored in the refrigerator in their carton to reduce water loss through the shell.
Once the eggs have been placed in the fridge, they should stay there.
The storage life for eggs is determined by the storage temperatures during distribution.
Most stores do not keep eggs under refrigeration and, depending on how long the eggs have been stored at room temperature, the potential shelf life will be affected.

Question: How do I shell hard-boiled eggs without taking pieces of the white layer off

Answer: Run cold water over the boiled eggs for about a minute until they’re cool enough to handle.
Gently smash them, one at a time, against the side of the sink until they’re finely cracked all over.
Return the eggs to the pan and submerge them in cold water for about 5 minutes; drain then pull away the shells and membrane – they should come off easily.

Question: How do I tell if my eggs are fresh?

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