Can you eat eggs after they sell by date?

In this brief guide, we will get to know about the eggs and we will learn how we can use them after they sell by date. We will also get to know the proper ways to store the eggs and the factors that are responsible for the spoilage of eggs.

Can you eat eggs after they sell by date?

Normally food items are safe to consume after their sell-by date. Normally selling by date does not mean that your food has expired. It depends on the food items and producers, some items have the same sell-by and expiry date which means you cannot eat these items after their sell-by date.

If you are concerned about getting sick upon eating the eggs that have passed their sell-by date then you should not consume them. If the eggs change their texture and taste they will not be edible. Furthermore, you should also check if they have the same sell-by and expiry date then you should not consume these eggs.

What do you mean by the date of sale of food items?

Selling by date usually indicates how long food items can be displayed on the counters in stores. Sell by date usually works more for perishable items like meat, poultry, milk, bread, and fresh fruits and vegetables. The texture and flavour of these food items changes usually after their sell-by date.

What nutrients do we get from the eggs?

Eggs are the food items that are laid by many birds but commonly chicken eggs are used in every household. Eggs are a rich source of many nutrients including fat-soluble vitamins. Eggs are a rich source of fats and protein. 

The downside of eating eggs is they have high levels of cholesterol in their yolk which is not good for people suffering from cardiovascular diseases. 

1 large (50g) of raw egg contains  186 mg of cholesterol which is 60% of your nutritional requirement. It means if you are eating 2 whole eggs in a day you are putting your heart health at risk.

The egg is low in carbohydrates and it is high in proteins. 1 large 50 g egg contains 6 g of protein in it. It is also a good source of nutrients like vitamin B6, cobalamin, choline,  vitamin D, and vitamin A.

What are the proper tips to buy and store eggs?

  • Eggs should always be bought from a trusted grocery store. Don’t buy the eggs that are present on the shield and not stored in the temperature-controlled environment.
  • Always buy eggs that are properly packaged and check if they have cracks. Do not buy them. Due to the cracks, the eggs can be contaminated.
  • Look for the expiry and sell-by date on the eggs before buying them, if they are past their sell-by date do not risk bringing them home.

After bringing your eggs home, wash them properly with clean running water to clean all the dirt from them. Store them in the refrigerator for use. 

FDA  gives us the following tips and standard guidelines to store your eggs. 

  • You should always store your eggs at 4 degrees centigrade or below in the refrigerator.
  • Storing your eggs in the refrigerator door is not an ideal place. Due to the temperature fluctuation, eggs go bad easily.
  • Put your eggs in the airtight container or in the egg carton to store them in the refrigerator.
  • The eggs that are kept in the refrigerator must be used within 21 days.
  • Handle your eggs with care as they can get contaminated by salmonella and this can cause food poisoning.

What are the factors that are responsible for the spoilage of eggs?

First of all, the temperature is the biggest factor in spoilage of eggs. Heat and temperature above 4 degrees centigrades will spoil your eggs and make them go bad. 

Normally eggs do not go bad at room temperature in certain conditions and this depends upon the producer if he claims that the eggs can bear the room temperature storage.

Eating contaminated raw eggs can cause food poisoning which is from the presence of salmonella in it. Salmonella upon ingestion can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, flu, fever, and abdominal pain.

How to determine that your eggs are fresh?

The best way is to see the sell-by date if it is not present and you have brought your eggs at home then you can use the following tips.

  • If your egg floats in the water then it means it is fresh. Fresh eggs do not float; they sink in the water.
  • The consistency of the fresh eggs is thick and the old egg has a watery consistency.
  • The egg white must be cloudy not clear as it is a sign that your egg is fresh.

Conclusion 

In this brief guide, we got to know about the eggs and we also learned that we can use them after they sell by date. We also got to know the proper ways to store the eggs and the factors that are responsible for the spoilage of eggs.

References 

https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/748967/nutrients
https://www.fda.gov/food/buy-store-serve-safe-food/what-you-need-know-about-egg-safety