Where do you store your eggs?

Carton of eggs

The list of foods that can be kept on the shelf and out of the refrigerator include bread, potatoes and…eggs? According to National Public Radio, many countries do not refrigerate eggs at home or at the market, unlike the U.S.

Americans, Japanese, Scandinavians and Australians wash eggs and refrigerate them, but most of the rest of the world does not.

In 1970, the U.S. began using washing and refrigerating eggs in order to combat salmonella, even though washing eggs removes the protective layer over the shell that guards the egg against bacteria. Some European countries forgo the washing and vaccinate chickens for salmonella instead. Regardless of how eggs are treated, both methods seem to work the same.

Via: National Public Radio > Why the U.S. chills its eggs and most of the world doesn’t

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