After eggs are purchased, they may be refrigerated for 3 to 5 weeks — the "sell-by" date on the package, if one exists, will usually expire during that storage period, but the eggs will remain safe to use.
Do not store eggs in the molded egg rack of the refrigerator door, as the temperature is too warm — eggs will keep much better when stored in the main body of the refrigerator, in their purchased carton.
Do not freeze eggs in their shells.
To freeze whole eggs: (1) Remove eggs from their shells; (2) Pierce yolks and gently mix in 1/2 teaspoon of salt for every one cup of raw eggs (if using eggs for main dishes) or 1 tablespoon of sugar (if using for baking or desserts); (3) Place in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags and freeze.
Freezer time shown is for best quality only — foods kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
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