Eating Expired Eggs

The Eco-Eats blog shares its environmentally conscious attitude with its parent magazine, Plenty, and a recent post urges readers to avoid kitchen waste. Using up everything in the fridge or freezer before it goes bad is a good thing, but here’s where this blogger seems to be taking the “waste not, want not” mantra one step too far:

It’s crazy to think how we now judge the worth of food by the printed date on its container rather [than] by the smell, or look, or feel of it. … How many people just throw out milk or eggs when the expiry date comes along, without even trying to see whether they might still be useful?

OK, it’s one thing to give your milk a sniff a day past the expiration date and—if it isn’t offensive—dump it into your coffee. But eggs? Well, the Egg Safety Center FAQ shares some interesting info:

Egg cartons with the USDA grademark must display a ‘Julian date’, the date the eggs were packed. Although not required, they may also carry an expiration date beyond which the eggs should not be sold, but are still safe to eat. … Fresh shell eggs can be stored in their cartons in the refrigerator for four to five weeks beyond the … Julian date with minor loss of quality.

The Egg Safety Center also suggests storing your eggs on the middle or lower shelf of the refrigerator—not on the door—to maintain maximum freshness.