15 February 2006

Egg Questions

Okay, here's something that's been bugging me for a week and a half now. I noticed that all the grocery stores in London stock their eggs on shelving, and not in refrigerated cases. Every grocery store I have ever been in in the US sells the eggs refrigerated. So here's what I want to know: (1) Is it safe to store eggs at room temp? (2) If so, why do stores in the US bother to refrigerate? (3) If not, why aren't the British dropping dead in droves? (4) What explains this strange difference in grocery customs? (5) How do grocers in other countries store eggs?

I know in the grand scheme of things these questions are hardly of vital import, but they're bugging me, and I'd love to have some answers.


Knatolee said...

I want answers too, because we just got back from Sri Lanka, and they do the same thing there!! The eggs are out on shelves in the grocery stores!!

dephal said...

That is very interesting! I was thinking maybe England could get away with it due to the cool climate, but that certainly doesn't apply to Sri Lanka.

I want to hear all about your trip, Knatolee!

Emily said...

I live in France and they don't store their eggs in the cold section either. Though I do buy the eggs and immediately put them in my fridge. I've eaten many an egg over here and am still alive to continue commenting on your wonderful blog. :)