Questions and Answers – Storing Raw Eggs
I have just a quick concern. I get my eggs from a friend who raises hen and there is no date on the carton since they are not store bought, How long are the eggs good for before I should discard them. If eaten after that can they make you sick if they don’t seem to be spoiled? – Susie (8/25/05)
It is best not to wash eggs before storing or using them. Washing is a routine part of commercial egg processing and the eggs do not need to be rewashed.
Fresh eggs in the shell:
Refrigerated raw shell eggs will keep without significant quality loss for about 4 to 5 weeks beyond the “sell by” date or about 3 weeks after you bring them home. Always purchase eggs before their “sell by” date.
A general rule to follow is that any egg that looks or smells odd should not be used. If an egg is bad you will know it – just smell the egg! Just crack each egg in a small bowl, smell it – your nose will tell you!
Read about the Sell Date of Eggs. Also learn about the codes on egg cartons.
Fresh egg whites – 2 to 4 days
Fresh egg yolks (unbroken and covered with water) – 2 to 4 days
Hard-cooked (hard boiled) eggs – 1 week
Deviled eggs– 2 to 3 days
Leftover egg dishes – 3 to 4 days