Which Way Up?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Lots of cruisers that store eggs outside the refrigerator flip the cartons each day. But how do you know if your partner has already done it today?

If you’re cruising outside the US, you most likely get non-refrigerated eggs and don’t store them in the refrigerator.  (Read more about storing eggs outside the refrigerator.)

Many people who store eggs without refrigeration like to turn them over periodically so that the yolk doesn’t “stick” to one side.  Turning them also helps if you store them in a plastic “carton” such as these as it helps keep air circulating and thus you’re less likely to get mold on the eggshells from condensation.

I had always heard that you could only store eggs that had never been refrigerated this way. Recently, however, a couple of cruisers — including Sheryl Shard of Distant Shores TV — have told me they’ve had great luck storing eggs that were refrigerated in the store without refrigeration by flipping them every day or two so that the membrane inside the egg does not dry out and let bacteria in.

But it can be hard to remember if you’ve already flipped them today . . . or if someone else on board may have.  Reader Jeanne Walker aboard Eagle in the Sea of Cortez came up with this simple way.  Of course, it assumes that you know what day it is 🙂

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  1. John Ahern on Facebook says:

    cruising is work…lol

  2. Where do you buy plastic egg cartons like in the photo?

  3. You can chill eggs that have already been chilled – the problem isn’t the temperature, it’s the fact they’ve been washed.
    If you coat them in mineral oil, you can store them at room temperature for a month or more

  4. Easy, he never would!

  5. daily log is the only way i can remember what day it is

  6. I place a small amount of blue tape that says up on the side I change them to & record in daily log

  7. Quick question. I heard some people complaining that eggs mold in the plastic containers. I brought cockroaches aboard with the cardboard ones and now feel my hands are tied. How prevalent is the mold issue?

    • I have never had a problem with mold. I know a number of people who have had some and solved it by drilling an 1/8″ hole in each egg section — it’s a small enough hole that should an egg break, not much will ooze out due to surface tension (but no, it’s not totally contained) yet enough to provide air flow to combat the mold..

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