Eggs are one of those animal foods that could be kept in the refrigerator for some time and would still retain their optimum quality; however the question is how long do eggs last in the fridge? The shelf life of a food product mainly depends on the date of packing and proper storage. The carton of eggs carries the date of packing as well as the “sell by “date. According to the USDA specifications, the selling date cannot be further ahead than 30 days after the date of packing. The raw eggs in shell are safe to be consumed within 3-4 weeks past the sell date but prior to the “Eat by”date.
The other factor on which the shelf life of eggs depends is how well they are stored. They need to be constantly refrigerated otherwise they may become unsafe to consume. Storing eggs in their original container between 35-41 degrees in the refrigerator works for keeping them safer for the specified period of time provided they never reached room temperature. Although the eggs may not go bad in a refrigerator even after the lapsed date but they tend to dry up over time so it is better to be on the safer side and consume them within the stipulated period.
Freezing doesn’t work for whole eggs as after thawing they tend to turn into a thick and clumpy paste. They can be frozen by cracking and storing in a freezer safe container, whisking gently with a little salt and later thawed when required. Raw white eggs can be refrigerated for 2-4 days and if frozen they can last up to 12 months. Raw yolks do not freeze well but can be refrigerated 2-4 days. Raw egg if accidentally frozen should be used immediately after thawing. Hard cooked eggs do not freeze but can be refrigerated for one week.
If the eggs are nearing the specified date, one can opt ways to extend the shelf life for another one week by hard boiling them or making a quiche. Even though they may not turn bad after the “Eat by date”, it is safe to consume them prior to the specified date or within 3-4 weeks of “sell by “date.