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How Long do Eggs Last?

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Many eggs have a “use by” date stamped right on them. Generally, fresh eggs will stay good in your refrigerator for about 3 weeks past their sell-by date.

Also, eggs have a built in freshness gauge: a perfectly fresh egg, when submerged in water, will lie down on its side. As it grows older it will slowly take air onboard, so an egg that stands up is telling you it’s still edible, but its time is running short. And if it floats, there is no hope — it’s time to say bye bye eggy. By the way, the “stand up egg” is the easiest one to peel, so if you plan on making 100 deviled eggs, buy your eggs a few days in advance.


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