WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER PUT EGGS (OR MILK!) ON YOUR REFRIGERATOR DOOR

The temperature of your refrigerator likely never crosses your mind. After shopping for meat, dairy, fruit, vegetables and condiments you throw them all in there and breathe a sigh of relief. Just like folding and putting clothes away can be the most draining part of doing laundry, putting the groceries away after planning, driving to the store, shopping and bringing them home can also be a drag. But when it comes to food safety, there is more to keep in mind.


 

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that when it comes to protecting your family from food borne illness, one of your most effective tools is the refrigerator. But throwing the food in haphazardly doesn’t ensure it does the best job.

 

This is especially true for highly perishable items like eggs and milk. The temperature of your refrigerator varies based on location. And although it appears that the door of the fridge has a compartment especially made for eggs, do not place them here.

 

The truth is, the door is the warmest area of the refrigerator. It is the most exposed to the warmer air as you open and close it and experiences the greatest temperature fluctuations. Therefore the door should not house anything that is highly perishable.

 

But Brittani, my carton of eggs fits perfectly on the door. There’s even a compartment with a shield to keep them from falling. I hear you through the computer screen. But although it appears that the door was made just for your eggs, do not place them there. Refrigerator manufacturers aren’t health inspectors, after all.

 

PUT YOUR EGGS HERE INSTEAD

So where should you place them? Well if you have a two-story home, you know that heat rises --that eliminates the top shelf. And since I’ve now enlightened you to the warmth on the door, don’t put them there either. Your eggs, milk and other highly perishable items should go on either a middle or bottom shelf. The temperature in the back of the middle shelf and the bottom shelf are the coldest and make a happy home for these items.

 

 

HERE ARE 4 MORE STEPS TO TAKE TO ENSURE YOUR EGGS REMAIN FRESH AND SAFE FOR YOUR FAMILY

 

  1. Keep eggs in original carton so you can be aware of the expiration date.
  2. Throw cracked eggs away. Do not consume them.
  3. Reduce the time eggs are kept out of the refrigerator. So this means, shopping for them at the end of your shopping trip as you head to checkout. And put them away first. This reduces the risk of Salmonella infection.
  4. Here is a chart that shows the FDA recommendations for egg storage

 

 

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