Labels at the grocery store are confusing enough, but at least the difference between “Organic” and “Certified Organic” doesn’t affect how fresh your produce is. When it comes to eggs, though, you might want to look a little closer at the labels if you want to be sure you’re getting the freshest ones possible.
Your eggs might be older than you think, according to this Facebook post from the page Fresh Eggs Daily, which has been spreading like wildfire. (They found eggs 45 days old, captured in the photos below.)
A few weeks ago I mentioned how the average grocery store egg might be 45 days old (or more) by the time you buy it. A...Posted by Fresh Eggs Daily on Tuesday, January 19, 2016
A few weeks ago I mentioned how the average grocery store egg might be 45 days old (or more) by the time you buy it. A...
So you can’t always tell by looking at the “best by” date--if there is one. Egg products aren’t required by the FDA to have labels on their packages with expiration dates--yes, really--that’s left up to the individual manufacturers.
What you want to look for is the three-digit code that follows after a code that starts with P- (the plant code indicating where the eggs were packaged). This three-digit code is the date when the eggs were packaged on the Julian calendar (032 is the 32nd day of the year, which is February 1st).
Even if they’ve been sitting on the shelves a while, that doesn’t mean your eggs are unsafe to eat--they might just be lacking in flavor. Still, if you reach for a carton labeled 032 at the end of March, you might want to choose a different package if you want the best tasting chocolate chip cookies possible.
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