How long can raw eggs stay out?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “How long can raw eggs stay out” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of raw eggs. Moreover, we are going to discuss ways to check the freshness of eggs and tips to minimize the risk of Salmonella infection from eggs.

So without much ado, let’s dive in and figure out more about it.

How long can raw eggs stay out?

Whether it be in-shell eggs or the raw beaten eggs, they last for about 2 hours when allowed to stay out of the fridge. Thus,  you should never leave raw eggs for more than an hour or a maximum of two hours at room temperature. 

You should discard the raw eggs (out of shell) that have been left in open for more than 2 hours as bacterial growth takes place at a faster pace between the temperature of 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, therefore there are greater chances of the raw eggs being already contaminated with bacteria when left out for more than 2 hours.

Moreover, if the temperature of the surroundings is about 90 degrees Fahrenheit, then the process of spoilage takes place at a faster pace and it is recommended to discard raw eggs that are left out in the open for more than an hour at 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Moreover, the in-shell eggs that were previously refrigerated also last for about 2 hours when left out at room temperature.

It is worth mentioning that the in-shell eggs should not be stored for more than 2 hours at room temperature in the US, Netherland, Japan, and Australia while in other countries, eggs can be kept for 1-2 weeks at room temperature.

How long can raw eggs last in the fridge?

Raw beaten eggs last for about 2 days when stored properly in the fridge in an air-tight container at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

On the other hand, raw in-shell eggs last for about 4-5 weeks past the printed date on them if stored properly in the fridge at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

How long can raw eggs stay in the freezer?

Raw eggs last for about 10-12 months when stored properly in the freezer in a plastic freezer bag. It is worth mentioning that you should never freeze the in-shell eggs or else they can explode in the freezer.

You should always freeze the slightly beaten eggs in plastic freezer bags.

Thus owing to the cold temperature of the freezer, properly stored raw eggs can stay good for a long time.

It is worth mentioning that these figures are the estimated shelf life of the egg and this is the time during which you can enjoy the peak quality of the eggs provided that they are stored properly.

Ways to check the freshness of a raw egg

There are a couple of indicators that distinguish fresh eggs from old ones. You should consider the appearance, consistency, and smell of eggs to reach a final verdict of whether or not they are fresh.

Floatation test

Now this one is pretty simple. All you have to do is to fill a bowl with water and suspend your egg in it. If the eggs lay on the bottom of the bowl that means that they are fresh and you should go ahead in using them in making your favorite chocolate cake. But if the eggs remain suspended or floating in the water that means that they are really old. 

Now there is another option that your eggs do sink to the bottom of the bowl but they remain in an upright position, so it is an indication that the eggs are a few weeks old.

Cracking egg

So for testing the freshness of the egg, break the egg into a plate and notice its appearance. If the egg white does not separate much from the bright orangish-yellow yolk then it means that your egg is fresh. In case that the gg white gets more separated from the yolk means that your egg is past its prime age.

Smell

If the smell of the egg is intense it must be an old egg as the fresh eggs do not have much of a smell. If the egg is giving off a sulfur-like, putrid smell, then it is an indication that it has spoiled.

Consistency

The egg whites of old eggs will have a thinner consistency. Moreover, their egg yolks will also be flattened.

You can read why eggs need to be refrigerated here.

Minimizing the risk of Salmonella infection from raw eggs

You should consider the following tips while buying eggs to reduce the chances of bacterial infections to some extent.

  1. Do not consume eggs having cracks in them.
  1. It is better to buy pasteurized eggs and egg products.
  1. The eggs should be refrigerated promptly.
  1. You should never consume an egg that is past its expiry date.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “How long can raw eggs stay out” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of raw eggs. Moreover, we discussed ways to check the freshness of eggs and tips to minimize the risk of Salmonella infection from eggs.

Citations

https://www.australianeggs.org.au/facts-and-tips/handling-eggs#:~:text=Why%20should%20eggs%20be%20refrigerated,for%20more%20than%20two%20hours.
https://www.myrecipes.com/extracrispy/how-long-can-eggs-be-out-of-fridge
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-long-do-eggs-last
https://www.fda.gov/food/buy-store-serve-safe-food/what-you-need-know-about-egg-safety
https://www.incredibleegg.org/recipes/egg-tips-tricks/egg-storage/

Mahnoor Asghar is a Clinical Nutritionist with a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is compassionate and dedicated to playing her part in the well-being of the masses. She wants to play a fruitful role in creating nutrition and health-related awareness among the general public. Additionally, she has a keen eye for detail and loves to create content related to food, nutrition, health, and wellness.