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HELP--Left eggs out of refrigerator--are they still good?

Started 1292415616.223 in Kitchen & Food Talk | Last reply 1292787051.127 by Silver Lining

Hi. I had taken eggs out yesterday morning and put them on the counter--for room temp eggs for baking. Well, I had about 6 left that I forgot to put back in the refrigerator. I found them on the counter this morning. Do you know if they are still good to use??? Thanks!!! (in the meantime, I'm going to do a search online, but figured you all are so knowledgeable, I know I'd get an answer soon) Smile

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Papillon M­om1292415729.8671588 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Don't risk it! Purchase new eggs.

loves_make­up1292416147.14577 PostsRegistered 8/24/2009Connecticut

I would most certainly not risk it. Thats 24 hrs! Not to mention how cheap eggs can be repurchased.

Sunshine K­ate1292416223.6812238 PostsRegistered 11/13/2006The Beautiful Mountains & Western Sky

When in doubt, throw it out. Smile

Respectfully ~
Kate

deb55551292416329.181603 PostsRegistered 3/20/2007

Toss them ASAP, do not use.

sassy lady1292416839.917181 PostsRegistered 4/11/2007CA

Place a few of them in a bowl of cold water. If they float, they're bad, if not, put them in the fridge. Next time, just remove the number of eggs that you need and place them in a bowl on the counter and return the rest to the fridge!

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missyw11292417966.04732399 PostsRegistered 3/4/2007

Toss them!

cookiegal1292418741.087598 PostsRegistered 2/6/2007

Thanks everyone!! I did do an online search, and there were mixed opinions (even "expert" opinions). So, I will definitely throw them out!!! I appreciate your time and replies!!!!

upallnight11292418900.1433882 PostsRegistered 3/21/2005the frozen tundra

Thanks for such an interesting and informative thread!

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Roegue1292419027.177332 PostsRegistered 10/31/2008
On 12/15/2010 sassy lady said:

Place a few of them in a bowl of cold water. If they float, they're bad, if not, put them in the fridge. Next time, just remove the number of eggs that you need and place them in a bowl on the counter and return the rest to the fridge!

This is the perfect way to test eggs for freshness. You can always tell how fresh the egg is by how it "sits". For example, if it sinks to the bottom of the bowl and lays flat, the egg is very fresh. If it "stands" at a slightly vertical angle, it is still fresh but not as much. When the egg lays flat on the bottom of the bowl that is the most desired freshness.

dfyre1292419039.841158 PostsRegistered 7/17/2007
Next time you need room temperature eggs just put what you need in a bowl of warm water until they come up to room temp. I always do this as I never remember to take them out in advance.

cookiegal1292421180.493598 PostsRegistered 2/6/2007

dfyre, thanks for the suggestion!! Good idea. I did check to see if the eggs floated and they did not. Actually, they were quite "cold". We kept the temp pretty low in the house and I had them next to the window--and apparently there is a "draft"!! LOL (no wonder I'm always cold!!!).

Irshgrl312­011292421438.38714456 PostsRegistered 3/14/2006

ABSOLUTELY they are still good. I lived in Australia for a while and they don't even refrigerate their eggs in the grocery store there. Never had a bad egg once there. As a matter of fact, they were the best eggs I have ever had. I was an exchange student in Italy and France and none of the grocery stores in those towns refrigerated their eggs either. Don't throw them out, don't be afraid to eat them.

cookiegal1292421763.48598 PostsRegistered 2/6/2007

Irshgrl312, that's what I read many times online--but there were others who just said "no; when in doubt, throw them out". But maybe I'll try to use a few--crack them open and look/smell to see if ok. They definitely didn't float, so that's a good sign I guess. I'd only be using for baking, maybe that will be ok. At the very least, any I don't use this morning, I'd throw out. I'm still on the fence--I'll go with my instincts when I open them!

Anniecamp1292421807.223798 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I'd do the float test, especially when you said they're still cool.

In the "olden days", people used to leave their eggs in a bowl on the counter for days, especially on the farm. The most important thing is to cook them well.

belleandme1292421873.718644 PostsRegistered 7/13/2009southern illinois
On 12/15/2010 irshgrl312 said:

ABSOLUTELY they are still good. I lived in Australia for a while and they don't even refrigerate their eggs in the grocery store there. Never had a bad egg once there. As a matter of fact, they were the best eggs I have ever had. I was an exchange student in Italy and France and none of the grocery stores in those towns refrigerated their eggs either. Don't throw them out, don't be afraid to eat them.

yes, and i wanted to add, that years ago (15?) i heard the frugal gormet, say that he always left his eggs out for at least a week. and while i dont usually leave mine out that long, when we get ours straight from the farm, i often leave them out for a couple of days, and they are always excellent. i think God packaged them that way for a reason (in addition to being thoughtful to the poor mother hen, lol)

now if they were cooked eggs left out overnight that would be a totally different story.

take care,

belleandme

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Irshgrl312­011292422155.714456 PostsRegistered 3/14/2006
On 12/15/2010 cookiegal said:

Irshgrl312, that's what I read many times online--but there were others who just said "no; when in doubt, throw them out". But maybe I'll try to use a few--crack them open and look/smell to see if ok. They definitely didn't float, so that's a good sign I guess. I'd only be using for baking, maybe that will be ok. At the very least, any I don't use this morning, I'd throw out. I'm still on the fence--I'll go with my instincts when I open them!

You can read many things online. I was so grossed out at first when I lived in those places when I realized they didn't refrigerate the eggs. The locals just laughed at me. On chicken farms in the US they don't even refrigerate them before sending them to grocery stores. If they are in a hot place then no, I wouldn't use. But most homes in the winter don't get overe 75 degrees. Now in AUS, FR and ITA where I lived the grocery stores aren't nearly as big as they are in the US and they don't carry as many eggs as we do (or anything for that matter) so they probably go faster. I wouldn't be afraid to eat an egg that had been left out only overnight. You will be perfectly fine.

cookiegal1292437107.58598 PostsRegistered 2/6/2007

Well, I had my temp set to 66 in the house at night!!! So that's well below 75 LOL. Plus, like I said, I realized they were right near the window, where there is a considerable cold draft!! It was in the teens last night. I went ahead and check a few and they seemed fine. I used them in the cookies I recently baked. My parents have several chickens that lay eggs and although they do refrigerate them, I know they are left outside for a day until my dad has time to pick them up--and that's even in the summer. They have always used them and been fine.

NovaStar1292456187.6631323 PostsRegistered 11/9/2010

When I was growing up, we bought our eggs from a local lady. If those eggs had been left out, I'd feel okay using them. Cause I knew how fresh they were & who had handled them.

Nowdays, I buy eggs from the grocery store. I don't know where they have been or how they were handled. Plus, the germs have gotten more nasty (if they are present.) So I'm not willing to take the risk.

I'd pitch the eggs.

cookiegal1292696698.83598 PostsRegistered 2/6/2007

Update: Well, I ate a few of the cookies I made three days ago (ate them the day I baked them and there after) and am happy to report no ill effects!!! Smile Of course, I did "check" them before using (did the float test and also looked/smelled them carefully when I cracked them open--although that's no guarantee). But it looks like all is well!!! Just thought some of you would like to know! Smile Have a great weekend!!

Jeanne R1292700511.5034788 PostsRegistered 7/5/2010

better you shop fres eggs now, do not take risk


cookiegal1292712225.76598 PostsRegistered 2/6/2007

Actually, I do have new eggs from the store. The ones I left out were just a few that I removed from the refrig. Now those are all gone. Thanks!!! Smile

twinkies1292721746.7931392 PostsRegistered 10/31/2006

when people traveled by sea and dodn't have refrigeration . the cooks would put a thin coating of "crisco' or really lard or oil on the egg s and this would seal the egg and keep it fresh for months at sea.

cathy from ma"

mom of 71292782692.112083 PostsRegistered 4/10/2010
On 12/15/2010 irshgrl312 said:

ABSOLUTELY they are still good. I lived in Australia for a while and they don't even refrigerate their eggs in the grocery store there. Never had a bad egg once there. As a matter of fact, they were the best eggs I have ever had. I was an exchange student in Italy and France and none of the grocery stores in those towns refrigerated their eggs either. Don't throw them out, don't be afraid to eat them.

I did the same thing, I left a carton of eggs sitting out in a grocery bag overnight. (forgot they were in the bag) I asked my husband if they would still be safe & he said that when he was a kid, they left their eggs out on the counter all the time!! I'm still too "chicken" to eat them. Maybe I'll make my hubby an omelet for breakfast!! {#emotions_dlg.sneaky} Just sayin'..........

madzonie1292783572.8775026 PostsRegistered 8/8/2007

I grew up on a farm and we often left our raw eggs out for hours at a time. Never ever had a bad egg!

What about when the eggs sit in the hen's nest for hours? They aren't spoiled then. {#emotions_dlg.rolleyes}

I doubt that even as much as 24 hours, especially in a cooler house, would result in spoiled eggs.

csv3201292783696.926724 PostsRegistered 6/24/2007

I wouldn't eat eggs that sat out overnight, think salmomnella - do you want to get everyone sick over Christmas? Just not worth the price of a dozen of eggs. Toss 'em.

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