Easy to prepare, eggs have many nutritional qualities. But poorly preserved, they can pose a risk to our health. Here is the error not to be reproduced anymore for the good conservation of eggs.
Scrambled, in an omelet, fried, poached… Eggs know how to become essential in our kitchens. From breakfast to dinner to brunch, we love slipping them into our recipes, especially since eggs are an excellent source of protein. Provided you avoid a few mistakes. Because, if eggs are unanimous, they can present health risks when they are not stored in the right way.
Avoid large temperature variations with eggs
The egg is a valuable food for our health. It is a source of excellent proteins, good-quality lipids, and many vitamins and minerals in more than satisfactory quantities. But to benefit from all these good things and avoid any risk of food poisoning, it is necessary to respect some rules of good conservation of eggs.
ANSES (the National Agency for Food, Environmental, and Occupational Health and Safety) recommends keeping eggs at a stable temperature, avoiding cold/hot temperatures which facilitate condensation and the penetration of pathogens ( including salmonella) from the shell to the inside of the egg. Indeed, significant temperature variations promote the development of bacteria, such as Salmonella. This bacterium can cause a foodborne infection: salmonellosis, one of the most widespread poisonings in Europe. Its symptoms are most often those of gastroenteritis, sometimes acute. Most of the time, this infection is not very severe but can however affect certain susceptible populations more seriously.
Storing eggs: at room temperature or in the refrigerator?
Opinions differ on the conservation of eggs. According to a study conducted by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), eggs keep longer in the refrigerator. And for good reason, the cold would limit the development of bacteria and therefore reduce the risk of food infection. On the other hand, ANSES’s recommendations are more nuanced: “ If the eggs were stored at room temperature in the store, it is not necessary to keep them in the refrigerator ”. If, however, we choose to place them in the fridge, we will then make sure to “ consume them quickly after they come out ”. Storing eggs in the refrigerator “allows them to keep their physical properties longer”, underlines ANSES. Be careful, you should not wash the eggs before storing them, because this cleaning weakens the surface of the shell, which can favor the penetration of bacteria.
So, refrigerator or room temperature? The recommendations remain vague, but one thing is certain: temperature variations must be avoided at all costs.