Why You Shouldn’t Keep Eggs in This One Part of the Fridge

It could put your health at risk.

While most Europeans leave their eggs on the counter, it’s necessary for Americans to store theirs in the fridge.  But depending on where you place them in the fridge, you could be harming your health, a storage expert reveals.

According to Vlatka Lake, a marketing manager at the storage company Space Station, you should never store these breakfast staples in the plastic egg rack that comes built-in—or as a separate insert with—fridges.

“When it comes to eggs, there is a huge debate on where they should be kept, with some saying in the fridge and others saying on the counter,” she told The Sun. “The general consensus is to store eggs in the fridge, but not in the egg racks commonly found on the fridge door.” This is the difference between brown and white eggs.

Why this little-known rule? Placing the eggs in the door of the fridge could expose them to fluctuating temperatures as you open and close the door throughout the day, Lake said. That, in turn, causes them to rot faster. You’d be better off storing the eggs on a shelf in the fridge, where the temps will remain fairly constant. Here are 20 foods you’re spoiling by putting them in the refrigerator.

There you have it! For more ideas, try out these 11 storage tricks that make your food last longer.

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Originally Published on Reader's Digest