Q - I have eggs that have been in my refrigerator for a while. How do I know if they are still fresh enough to use?
A - Eggs sold in grocery stores have a "Best By" date printed on the side of the egg carton. Eggs that have been refrigerated in their carton can be used for 4-5 weeks beyond this date. Eggs should be kept refrigerated at a temperature no higher than 40 degrees F (typical refrigerator temperature) and should be stored in their closed cardboard container, not in an open plastic egg tray. If you have any doubt whether an egg is still OK to use or eat, crack it into a bowl (separate from whatever else you are cooking) and smell it - if it's bad, you'll know it. Ever heard the phrase "smells like rotten eggs?"