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Left EGGS Out all day-Are they still good?

Started 1331590521.98 in Kitchen & Food Talk | Last reply 1331771510.693 by golden mariposa

Just noticed when I got home, and I didn't put the EGGS back in the fridge this morning. They were out for TEN hours.

Should I toss 'em? Or are they still good?

I don't want to get salmonella!

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Lynneuk1331590742.438262 PostsRegistered 11/3/2006

They are fine. Growing up in England we never put our eggs in the fridge!

Unless the shells are cracked at all, they are in a perfectly sealed package.

misspammie1331590747.37312476 PostsRegistered 3/14/2010now in Virginia

reminds me of when my new DIL was making something in my home and asked "how do I bring this to room temp" because my home was so cold!!! It's a joke yet. Erma Bombeck had the solution, put frozen pork chops under your arm as you run around all day!!! as for the eggs, they'd be fine here {#emotions_dlg.w00t}

"jus' sanwiches and milk"

Farmers da­ughter1331591039.941415 PostsRegistered 8/28/2008

Put leaving eggs out in your internet Search Bar for various reponses. Personally, since we are not used to eating them this way, would not.

Brandiw1331591428.63884 PostsRegistered 12/7/2011
Absolutely fine....we "grow" our own eggs and sometimes they sit in the coop for 2-3 days. A bad egg will smell when you crack it.Last edited on 3/12/2012

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Missey11331591934.5573174 PostsRegistered 12/21/2008Sierra Foothills CA

Yes they are fine. In fact up until some years ago, stores did not refrigerate them at all. If you are still worried, get a pot or bowl fill it with water and put the eggs in if they float to the top they are no good if they stay on the bottom they are fine.

cathym1331592217.34311 PostsRegistered 6/21/2010

No way, I would never take that chance! Now that is just dumb.

forrestwolf1331592324.5636047 PostsRegistered 6/20/2010Deep in South Georgia

Growing up, my granny collected eggs from her chickens, and sold them and delivered them every Saturday.........Back in those days, you did not refrigerate eggs, and I personally know of several people that bought eggs from her, and they are in their 80's and 90's, to this day..........Cake recipes, and such require you to bring them to room temp, and not use cold for recipes........You have to go with what feels right to you..........If you have a question or concern.........then throw them away.........I have left eggs out overnight to bake a cake the next day...........The decision is yours...........Take away the fear factor and toss them, or realize that eggs went for 100's of years with no refrigeration........I will not tell you one way or the other...............The choice is yours and yours alone to make..............I personally would not be concerned, just crack each one in a separate dish, and smell for spoilage....................Cool I have always had butter and cream cheese at room temp..........and some would freak............but I have never had a problem.............Cool I am Sourthern, and do live a lot in the old ways of generations past, and I am not dead yet.........My granny died at age 94, and her sister is still alive at age 98, and eggs were never refrigerated................

"For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack"
1895 Rudyard Kipling
EDUCATE........NOT ERADICATE

forrestwolf1331592473.9776047 PostsRegistered 6/20/2010Deep in South Georgia

One other thing..........I do live in Deep South GA, and the temps here can get pretty hot............{#emotions_dlg.scared}

"For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack"
1895 Rudyard Kipling
EDUCATE........NOT ERADICATE

Linders Ba­ck1331593614.068662 PostsRegistered 9/4/2005Second star to the right and straight on till morning.

My son has chickens and gets eggs from them. They do not have to be refrigerated. Years before refrigerators were common, people kept their eggs out in a bowl on the counter. We're her today, so that proves that you will survive.Smile

Store bought eggs are already a lot older than farm fresh (weeks sometimes) , so should be kept in the fridge, but use this test mentioned by another poster:

Fill a bowl (deeper than the size of the egg) with COLD water: if they float, toss them (that indicates that they are emiting gas. Crack one and you'll smell the sulfur) , if not they are fine to eat. IF you use them to bake, the item might not rise as well as fresher eggs (Ask a chemist here. Has something to do with the leavening ability when added to baking soda, powder, etc.) , but your health is not an issue. For scrambling or frying, they are fine.

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"SHUT UP LEGS" - Jens Voight

Anne0011331594251.9031767 PostsRegistered 2/1/2008NE

Time to made egg salad sanwiches.

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Missey11331596130.6633174 PostsRegistered 12/21/2008Sierra Foothills CA
On 3/12/2012 Anne001 said:

Time to made egg salad sanwiches.


Now that might be a problem unrefrigerated{#emotions_dlg.scared}

Caffeina1331596236.9871884 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

USDA says they shouldn't be unrefrigerated more than two hours.

www.fsis.usda.gov/Factsheets/Focus_On_Shell_Eggs/index.asp#19

Missey11331596464.073174 PostsRegistered 12/21/2008Sierra Foothills CA
On 3/12/2012 Caffeina said:

USDA says they shouldn't be unrefrigerated more than two hours.

www.fsis.usda.gov/Factsheets/Focus_On_Shell_Eggs/index.asp#19

You won't hear me say this very often, but the USDA is wrong. Good grief, when I shop, I am gone sometimes more than 2 hrs.

ThinkOutsi­deTheBox1331599763.591641 PostsRegistered 1/23/2011
I know that many people who own chickens for eggs, my neighbors included, do not refrigerate the eggs. However, I believe (although I could be wrong), that once the eggs HAVE been refrigerated, you cannot go back to unrefrigerated (not for ten hours). That is just my uneducated guess based on some distant memory though.

Missey11331600725.0973174 PostsRegistered 12/21/2008Sierra Foothills CA
On 3/12/2012 PJU said: I know that many people who own chickens for eggs, my neighbors included, do not refrigerate the eggs. However, I believe (although I could be wrong), that once the eggs HAVE been refrigerated, you cannot go back to unrefrigerated (not for ten hours). That is just my uneducated guess based on some distant memory though.


I bet she has already thrown them away and we are all still talking about it LOL. Of course we don't know how cool her house is but it is winter time and it took time for the eggs to come to room temp also.

As for me, I would not throw them away. Now if it was summer and they sat in the sun all day that might be another story.

I understand that as soon as the eggs are washed (getting chicken poop off) the egg loses some of it's protection. It is not refrigeration that does it.

But as forrestwolf said eggs were not refrigerated for years.

arrianna1331600913.835072 PostsRegistered 10/20/2010

Throw them out rina.

ThinkOutsi­deTheBox1331601599.451641 PostsRegistered 1/23/2011
ROTFL Misey1! I bet you are right!

willdob31331601872.82310611 PostsRegistered 10/31/2010

USDA is wrong. lol...seriously, you believe everything the gv't tells you??? {#emotions_dlg.lol}

Refrigerating eggs is a new-fangled idea.

sunshine451331606913.95742081 PostsRegistered 1/13/2007east coast and west coast

i would use them.....

"When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?" - Eleanor Roosevelt

KYToby1331612391.791423 PostsRegistered 2/19/2012

Only about one in 20,000 eggs contain salmonella, and most instances of salmonella are traced back to cross containmination at restaurants.

It was only relatively recently that we were tol to refrigerate eggs, and it does extend their shelf life; however, room temperature eggs are perfetly fine. Almost all recipes are written for room temperature eggs, and manu prople who cook or bake often keep some out all the time (myself included). In fact, if you want eggs to be realy easy to peel after hare boiling, leaving eggs out for several days before hand will actually help with this task.

Even iff this egg contained salmonella (statistially unlikely), you do plan on cooking it, do you not? That would kill the salmonella.

shoekitty1331612508.88712967 PostsRegistered 8/10/2006
On 3/12/2012 Missey1 said:
On 3/12/2012 PJU said: I know that many people who own chickens for eggs, my neighbors included, do not refrigerate the eggs. However, I believe (although I could be wrong), that once the eggs HAVE been refrigerated, you cannot go back to unrefrigerated (not for ten hours). That is just my uneducated guess based on some distant memory though.


I bet she has already thrown them away and we are all still talking about it LOL. Of course we don't know how cool her house is but it is winter time and it took time for the eggs to come to room temp also.

As for me, I would not throw them away. Now if it was summer and they sat in the sun all day that might be another story.

I understand that as soon as the eggs are washed (getting chicken poop off) the egg loses some of it's protection. It is not refrigeration that does it.

But as forrestwolf said eggs were not refrigerated for years.


Our home is pretty cool so I have to leave eggs out for a few hours just to get them to so called "room temp" for a recipe. Leaving eggs out for longer than 2 hours doesn't hurt them. It may be a "new fangled" thing to only leave it out 2 hours,because of the way chickens are kept and raised these days. If you buy conventional eggs, those chickens may have been altered over the years, given hormones, improper feed and kept..well I don't want to talk about it. I buy organic brown eggs, or eggs from chickens not given hormones or antibiotics, vegetarian fed, uncaged. I am partial to eggs from Petaluma or Sonoma County, CA.

IMO, the USDA tell us to not leave eggs out for more than 2 hours because they figured that is the a safe period where they can't be sued. I think they are wrong, but what do I know?

life is a banquet and most poor fools are starving to death!"
Auntie Mame

dgluvr1331612833.355257 PostsRegistered 5/12/2008

Are ya feeling lucky?

annabellet­hecat1331612972.1114513 PostsRegistered 9/23/2006
You know we travelled all over Europe for 1 month. I was amazed at how they left the milk out and eggs out. I'd say "when in doubt, throw it out". Which is more important, your health or a dozen eggs? When I was a kid, I'm now 65), the milk man came up the front steps and we had a box that was insulated and was aluminum. The milkman took the empty bottle and left a new glass bottle filled with milk. Ahhhhhh, the old days. I grew up in old town, Alexandria, Virginia. The town was like the town in George who sits town in that Christmas movie.

annabellet­hecat1331613201.32714513 PostsRegistered 9/23/2006
Here's something I'll bet not many of you do. I rinse off in warm water every egg I am using. Also every fruit. Think about the watermelons, etc. You cut down with the knife. I was raised by weirdos, to some. I'll evd this. Good night you sweet ladies. Sleep tight.

Desertdi1331614648.60716016 PostsRegistered 7/14/2007Surface of the Sun

There might be chicks inside the eggs already............

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