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In the USA, eggs are kept refrigerated. In the Philippines, eggs are kept at room temperature, which could be over 90 degrees Fahrenheit. I wonder if people in the Philippines are putting themselves at risk or are Americans wasting a lot of electricity refrigerating eggs when they do not need to be?

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I honestly don’t know the truth. When I eat eggs in the USA they are refrigerated. When in the Philippines, I eat un-refrigerated eggs and have not suffered any ill effects. If anyone could shed some light on this subject I would appreciate it. I never eat raw eggs like Rocky did in the movie, but I do like the yolks runny when I eat fried eggs.

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Philippine vs US Egg Storage

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Jay Stainback

Jay Stainback lives in Raleigh, NC, USA and is hoping/planning to retire to Bohol in about 10 years. He is married to his beautiful Filipina wife Juliet whom he met on-line. They were married 12/7/02 and have two boys’ ages 9 years old and 5 years old. Jay has visited the Philippines 4 times the first time 1 week, the 2nd time 2 weeks, the 3rd time for 3 weeks, the 4th time 4 weeks spending most of their time in Bohol.

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Jay
Jay
6 years ago
Reply to  Larry

Hi Larry,

Thanks for sharing that link! It explains everything in great detail. I appreciate your input!

Peace

Jay

Fabio Durante
Fabio Durante
6 years ago

Here in Italy eggs are not kept refrigerated in the stores: never suffered any ill, even when eating them raw

Jay
Jay
6 years ago
Reply to  Fabio Durante

Hi Fabio,

You eat eggs raw like the Italian Stalion, Rocky Balboa. I just made a note to self not to get in a fight with you! Thanks for adding your information on how eggs are stored in Italy!

Peace

Jay

rudi thomas
rudi thomas
6 years ago

I think by keeping eggs refrigerated extends the freshness vs keeping it at room temperature.

Jay
Jay
6 years ago
Reply to  rudi thomas

Hi Rudi,

I am not sure on that, but eggs in the USA are treated in a way where they must be refrigerated. In the Philippines the eggs are not treated. Thanks for commenting!

Peace

Jay

Ken Pilbrow
6 years ago

In England I just keep in cupboard

Jay
Jay
6 years ago
Reply to  Ken Pilbrow

Hi Ken,

Thanks for the information from England!

Peace

Jay

Wally Barr
6 years ago

i think the guidelines are 7 days outside and 21 days in the fridge that they stay good..

Jay
Jay
6 years ago
Reply to  Wally Barr

Hi Wally,

You might want to check the link shared above by Larry. Eggs in the USA are cleaned in a way where they have to be refrigerated. Eggs naturally do not need to be refrigerated if they have not been altered. The US refrigerated eggs will last longer as long as kept refrigerated. Thanks for commenting in sharing! I did not know any of this until I wrote the article by the way.

Peace

Jay

Dave Kash
Dave Kash
6 years ago

When chicken eggs are laid they have a coating on them that protects them and they can be left at room temperature for about a week. However if they are washed or chilled they must remain refrigerated. One trick I have used in the past if I found eggs at a bargain was mineral oil. You can take the already chilled eggs and wipe them with mineral oil. They can then be kept in a cool place for a month or more. The mineral oil does the same thing as nature and reduces the possibility of bacterial attack.

Jay
Jay
6 years ago
Reply to  Dave Kash

Hi Dave,

Thanks for the information! I have not heard of the mineral oil trick. I actually think the Philippines and a lot of other places have the right idea of not washing the eggs in the first place.

Peace

Jay

Patrick D Duffey
Patrick D Duffey
6 years ago

The eggs in the USA are kept in fridge because I belive it’s the caged hens that are not free roaming and the ingredients that are being feed to them making the eggs thinner also.
Free range natural way does NOT need the refrigerator

Jay
Jay
6 years ago

Hi Patrick,

Thanks for the information! My wife’s Filipino friends say stuff like that and I believed them until I found out that the USA washes the eggs in a way that removes their natural protection and then they must be refrigerated whether cage free or not.

Peace

Jay

Jeff Kelton
Jeff Kelton
6 years ago

I questioned this when we were in the Philippines a few weeks ago, but I ate eggs every day anyway and did not get sick.

Jay
Jay
6 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Kelton

Hi Jeff,

Your experience and mine are the same. I actually eat more eggs in the Philippines than the USA when I visit because I have more time and don’t just settle for a bowl of cereal. I have also not been harmed. Thanks for commenting!

Peace

Jay

LeRoy F Miller
LeRoy F Miller
6 years ago

In the early 1900’s a substance called waterglass was used to preserve eggs. In the early 1960’s, my grandparents would usually have around 10 thousand chicks they were raising under contract as well as a couple hundred laying hens. They would preserve the eggs in waterglass because they didn’t have a way to cool that many eggs. Wikipedia says the following – Sodium silicate was also used as an egg preservation agent through the early 20th century with large success. When fresh eggs are immersed in it, bacteria which cause the eggs to spoil are kept out and water is… Read more »

Jay
Jay
6 years ago
Reply to  LeRoy F Miller

Hi Leroy,

Thanks for the information! It is great to hear from someone with more experience and knowledge!

Peace

Jay

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