How do you store eggs without a box?
The most common way to buy eggs is through an egg carton. These are made of paper or plastic and hold a dozen (or sometimes more). Eggs are usually sold this way because they are easier to carry than other types of containers, such as baskets, trays, or boxes with dividers for each individual egg.
But if you think eggs should be kept in a carton, you are wrong. There are other ways to store eggs without a carton. It is important to store them well so that they do not spoil quickly.
In fact, as long as you keep your eggs whole – which we’ll get to in a moment – you don’t need anything to store them except the shells they come in.
Let’s take a look at some egg storage ideas…
10 ways to store eggs without a box
Have you ever forgotten to buy the boxes the eggs come in? That’s okay, because egg cartons are really only there to protect the eggs. There are plenty of things around the house that can fulfill that function just as well.
1. Egg Racks
An egg rack is another way to store your eggs. You can also use a muffin tin instead of an egg rack if you don’t have one on hand. Just make sure you don’t stack them too high or they could get crushed by the lid of your fridge.
2. In an egg tray
Trays are another popular way to buy eggs. They come in many shapes and sizes, from rectangular flat pieces of wood or plastic with small holes for each individual egg to round screens such as those used for tomatoes or strawberries in supermarkets. Some trays even have compartments separating two rows of eggs (six on top and six on the bottom).
These types tend to be more expensive than other methods because they require more materials to manufacture – but they are also less likely to break during transportation home from the market!
Store eggs in the refrigerator – The ideal temperature for storing eggs is 33 to 38 degrees F. Check the temperature of your refrigerator by keeping a thermometer in it. If it is colder than this temperature, move the egg container further away from the fan or rinse in the refrigerator. This ensures an even temperature throughout the egg container.
The egg rack that comes with most refrigerators has raised edges that can damage the delicate egg membranes, so don’t use it as storage and instead place it on one of the sides.
3. Egg dispenser
An egg dispenser is a great way to store eggs in the fridge simply because it keeps them organized and visible. The dispenser has a vertical design that allows you to choose which egg to use by pulling one out of the bottom, just like a tissue box. It’s also easy to clean as you can throw it in the top rack of your dishwasher if it gets dirty.
4. Egg Baskets
If your home has a rustic theme, an egg basket is the perfect way to store your eggs. These baskets usually have openings at the top to allow air to circulate and keep the eggs cool. They also come in different sizes and colors – some are even made of wicker or metal – so they go well with any interior style.
5. Cardboard box
If you don’t have an egg carton, a cardboard box will work just fine. Make sure it’s not made of corrugated cardboard – this should be quite easy at a glance, as corrugated cardboard has a wave-like pattern on one side of the surface, while regular cardboard is flat on both sides.
Also avoid using pizza boxes as they can still contain traces of oil that can soak into your eggs and cause them to spoil faster.
6. Egg Plates
If you want to keep your eggs on the counter in your kitchen, egg plates are a good option. These plates come in different designs and colours, so they will definitely match your interior style. You can even find a few made from ceramic or stoneware if you want something durable that will last.
7. Open containers
If you have a container with an open top, such as a bowl or dish, it will work just fine as an egg holder.
Paper towel lined bowl – A bowl of paper towels is one of the best ways to store boxless eggs. All you need to do is cover the bottom of the bowl with paper towels and then place each egg on top. The paper towels will soak up all the moisture and keep the eggs cool.
8. Plastic Bags
Plastic bags are the cheapest way to store eggs without using a carton. You can buy them in bulk at stores like Walmart, Target, or even grocery stores that sell eggs. They come in different sizes and colors (including transparent) to match any interior style.
9. Paper Cups
If you have a few empty paper cups around the house (like from the water cooler at the office), you can use them as makeshift egg carriers. To do this, first fill each cup with about 1/4 cup of water. Then carefully place an egg in each cup – make sure it doesn’t crack – and place them all in the fridge or other cool place until you’re ready to eat them.
10. In an egg carton
This is probably the most common option for storing eggs on the counter or in the fridge if you don’t want to use a carton. It’s also my favorite option for camping, as it prevents the shells from getting scratched.
In summary, while most people don’t think of eggs as fragile, they are actually quite delicate. You can easily crack them if you handle them incorrectly or store them incorrectly.
Since an egg carton is specifically designed to protect your eggs while they are stored in the refrigerator, it makes sense to look for a replacement if you run out or no longer have cartons.
But it is possible to store eggs safely without a box. While there are plenty of storage options available at your local grocery store—from plastic containers to reusable silicone trays—you don’t have to spend the extra money on this one if you don’t want to. Instead, you can use items already in your home to protect your eggs from damage.