The truth behind why we refrigerate eggs

The differences are staggering between Americans and Europeans from croissants versus donuts to gelato versus ice cream.

Even down to how we store eggs.

Scrambled, baked or over easy, Americans refrigerate eggs while our friends in Europe don’t.

Is it simply a trend Americans just haven’t caught onto yet? 

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Cost of eggs in 10 cities around the US
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Cost of eggs in 10 cities around the US

Los Angeles, CA

Avg. cost per dozen: $3.90

New York, NY

Avg. cost per dozen: $3.57

New Orleans, LA

Avg. cost per dozen: $3.31

Houston, TX

Avg. cost per dozen: $2.97

Seattle, WA

Avg. cost per dozen: $2.93

Raleigh, NC

Avg. cost per dozen: $2.79

Orlando, FL

Avg. cost per dozen: $2.89

Albuquerque, NM

Avg. cost per dozen: $2.73

Indianapolis, IN

Avg. cost per dozen: $2.71

Sioux Falls, SD

Avg. cost per dozen: $1.77

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Reader’s Digest reports its due to how the different regions deal with salmonella, the food poisoning bacteria.

This bacteria makes its way to the eggshell in part because chicken farms aren’t the cleanest of places.

The US took to egg washing which is good for getting rid of salmonella but bad for keeping other bacteria out.

Because the washing process rids the egg of a protective layer called the cuticle that helps keep away other bacteria, refrigeration is necessary.

Over in Europe, they decided to vaccinate chickens against salmonella so there’s no need for egg washing and the cuticle gets to do its job.

Hence, the eggs can stay out of the fridge leaving room for more important things like cake!

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