The Ultimate Guide to Storing Eggs without Refrigeration

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you have a dozen eggs but no space left in your refrigerator? Or, are you someone who likes to stock up on fresh eggs from local farmers but doesn’t want to take up valuable fridge space? Whatever the reason may be, there is a simple solution – storing eggs without refrigeration! In this blog post, we will walk you through the steps of how to store eggs without refrigeration.

Why Store Eggs Without Refrigeration?

You might wonder why anyone would even consider storing eggs without refrigeration. The answer is simple. For centuries people have been able to store their eggs at room temperature for weeks or even months with no ill effects. This was done before refrigerators became widespread and accessible for everyone.

Storing your eggs outside of the fridge also has some benefits worth considering:

– Saves refrigerator space
– Reduces electricity consumption
– Increases life span of egg cartons

It is important to note that not all countries recommend storing raw shell eggs out of the fridge since it can increase the risk of Salmonella infection if proper handling procedures are not followed.

The Two Methods To Store Your Eggs

There are two main methods for storing your raw shell eggs outside the fridge: oiling and water glassing.


This method requires vegetable oil (or mineral oil) and clean paper towels. You start by wiping each egg with a dry paper towel until they’re free from any dirt or debris. Then using another clean piece of towel, rub each egg gently with enough vegetable oil so that it gets coated evenly across its entire surface area. Put them back into their original carton box with pointed end down so as not cause deformities at the air cell located at wide end during storage.
The purpose of this technique is twofold: firstly, sealing an eggshell pores slows moisture loss and spoilage, secondly the oil creates an impermeable barrier to prevent bacterial contamination.

Water Glassing

For this method, you’ll need water glass (sodium silicate) which can be found online or at your local craft store. Mix 4 parts of water into one part of sodium silicate until it has dissolved completely. Take a clean and sterile container with a tight-fitting lid that can accommodate all the eggs. Pour the water glass solution over the eggs in such a way that there is around two inches of space from its surface to top edge of container. Close securely with lid and place in cool dry area like basement or root cellar.
The mixture will create a thin film on top of each egg much like oiling does but instead forms an alkaline environment that prevents bacteria growth thus preventing microbial degradation.

How Long Do The Eggs Last?

When properly stored using either method outlined above, eggs should keep their freshness for up to three months! If you notice any changes in coloration or odor however discard those immediately as they are no longer safe for consumption.

The Bottom Line:

Storing your raw shell eggs without refrigeration may seem risky but many people do it successfully all around the world – even today. We hope our guide has helped you learn how it’s done so if ever faced with less storage options or just intrigued by old time preservation techniques now you know how!

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