Actually, Eggs Do NOT Have to Be Refrigerated

Imagine this: you walk into a grocery store in SA, meandering through the bountiful aisle of fruits and veggies, startled at the freshness in the dead of winter. You notice the variety of bread off to the side-fresh made, wheat, white-all soft and delicious looking. Then as you near the back you notice crates upon crate of eggs, piled chest high, sitting out in the aisle, completely uncooled.

Of course, some of us freaked out upon seeing this. And the next day at training there were questions about eggs. It turns out that they were not rotting or becoming cesspools for food poisoning. They simply do not need to be refrigerated. This makes life a lot easier on someone who currently does not have a fridge.

Other things that apparently do not need to be stuck in a fridge: ketchup, jam, juice, leftovers, mayo….ok, rather these are things I have eaten (not always willingly) without be refrigerated AFTER opening. I was slightly terrified of the mayo, and managed not to get sick from it. But by choice I won’t do that again. Though I have decided most of the other things are fine if left out for awhile. As in, until I eat them.

Hey, this is Africa. Sanitation standards for our whole group have changed dramatically. But very few of us have gotten sick.

-Jen

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About Jen Daugherty

Christ follower. Writer. Permaculturist. RPCV. Photographer. Real Food Eater. Daughter of God.

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