Egg carton dating
I usually buy 2-3 dozen at a time, which lasts us 1-2 weeks.
I barely resist the urge to crumple into a heap in front of the dairy case. Especially considering my family eats a respectable amount of eggs.
Others of us don’t use many eggs and could probably buy a half dozen at a time.
The cost aside, because there is a fair cost difference per egg depending on the size of the carton you buy, let’s just talk about the freshness and safety aspect.
And I'm told (although I can't find anything official in writing to confirm this) that a farmer has up to 30 days to package an egg after it's laid. The yolk won't be quite as firm and the whites will be more runny, but it will still be fine to eat.
But I hate the thought of sick hens in cramped cages. Do I pay three times as much for the cage-free option? What’s better: local eggs labeled as natural or eggs trucked in from Ohio labeled as organic? When we run out of eggs, my husband hops on his bike and pedals one mile down the road to a neighbor with a flock of happy hens in the backyard and a sign advertising “Fresh Eggs” in the front.This number is not required so some cartons might have it and some might not.I personally prefer cartons with this date because in my area foods often sit on grocery shelves for awhile or they aren’t properly rotated so they could be much older than what I want to serve my family.On each egg carton, there's a number printed, from 1 to 365 (I bet you can see where I'm going with this, can't you? That represents the day of the year the carton was filled: 1 being January 1st and 365 being December 31st.Using the code, you can at least tell when the eggs were put in the carton.