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Fridge or cupboard? û  2017.04.21  hit : 266

April 19, 20178:07pm

FRIDGE or cupboard?

When it comes to egg storage, Australians are apparently either fervently in one corner or the other — and never the twain shall meet.

In the wake of Cyclone Debbie, Queenslands health department unwittingly sparked the polarising debate, when, during ongoing power outages in the states north, it offered advice on the lifespan of unrefrigerated food.

The advice to throw eggs out after just four hours without electricity was met with immediate incredulity.

This lady was storing her eggs in the fridge way back in the 1960s.

This lady was storing her eggs in the fridge way back in the 1960s.Source:News Corp Australia

One person commented: Why are there eggs there? Ours do fine in the cupboard without power, which gathered 42 likes from people who apparently do the same and a string of responses.

Who the hell keeps eggs in the cupboard? Bet you keep sauce in the fridge too, came one reply.

I learnt — from a Jaimie (sic) Oliver food course — that its absolutely OK to keep them out and its better for cooking to be room temp (sic), came another view.

And so it continued thus.

It prompted a Queensland Health intervention to settle the debate once and for all.

Or did they?

The egg holders are there for a reason, people.

The egg holders are there for a reason, people.Source:istock

In a blog post addressing the health risks associated with unrefrigerated eggs, the health authority said they should be stored below what many would regard as room temperature.

Like all food products, eggs should be stored in accordance with the manufacturers directions, it said.

Youll find these instructions printed on the egg carton.

Most egg producers in Australia recommend that eggs are stored below 15C.

Which, for some parts of the country means room temperature and in other parts means in the fridge.

In other words, everybodys right — and long may the debate rage on.

The original Queensland Health warning came as raw eggs remain one of the most frequent sources of salmonella outbreaks.

The official health department advice contains some surprising pointers to prevent being infected with salmonella, a bacteria that elicits a severe form of gastroenteritis that can be deadly in children, the elderly and pregnant women.

Never wash an egg, as this might actually help salmonella transfer inside. Always throw away eggs with cracked or dirty shells, both of which increase the risk of salmonella infection, it said.