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We’ve Been Storing Eggs Wrong This Whole Time, According To This Chicken Farmer

Anna Lewis
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Photo credit: @theshilohfarm/Getty
Photo credit: @theshilohfarm/Getty

The question of whether to store eggs in the fridge or not has been raging for years (the answer is technically yes, btw). But did you know that there’s a particular way round to store eggs to keep them fresher for longer? Oh, and the worst part is, we’ve all probably been doing it wrong for years.

Thanks to actual farmer Noah Young, who owns and runs The Shiloh Farm in Nebraska with his family, we should be storing our eggs with the pointy side down.

In a TikTok, which was picked up by The Mirror, Noah explains that despite us storing them with their fat bottoms down for as long as we remember, that will have an effect on how long your eggs stay fresh.

Speaking in the video with one of his chicken friends, Noah explains: “First things first, every egg has a pointy end and a blunt end and that blunt end actually has something called an air cell and this air cell actually acts as a buffer, keeping bacteria, such as Salmonella, away from the yolk.

“If you store your eggs with the blunt side down, that air cell will eventually start to lift up with gravity, bringing the bacteria closer to the yolk.

“If you keep it pointy side down, that air sac will actually stay right at the top and keep your egg fresh for longer. I hope that helps.”

Now excuse me – I’m off to flip all my eggs over in the fridge…

Saying that, the fact that supermarkets sell eggs in their boxes fat-bottom-down does confuse things a bit. But maybe they do that to make eggs far easier to transport - there’s less chance of them falling over maybe?

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