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  • Val G Nov 12, 2002 07:13 PM
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The better quality eggs sold in my local stores are packed in clear plastic cartons. The carton has two flanges that fold over each other preventing the exchange of air and moisture. Each carton well has a bit of condensation.

Is this the proper way to store eggs? Eggshells are porous. Don't they need to breathe? Am I over-reacting here?

I miss the cardboard cartons.

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  1. "In the old days" eggs weren't even refrigerated. My grandmother always kept eggs (from a local couple who had a chicken) on the counter.

    I would bet the clear fancy cartons protect the eggs better and distinguish them from the plain eggs but have no real purpose.

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    1. re: JudiAU

      I know this is an old thread but the plastic cartons are a current pet peeve of mine. Environmental arguments on paper/plastic aside, from what I've seen the plastic cartons do a terrible lob of protecting the eggs and I'd select a brand of organic eggs in cardboard if there were any at my store. I see a much higher breakage rate, I have to look at many more plastic cartons to find one where they're all intact vs cardboard. I suppose the clear plastic makes it so you don't have to open the container to see all the broken eggs...

      I think they use them to make the eggs stand out but there's better ways.

    2. Ironically, clear plastic egg cartons are recyclable, while cardboard ones are not.

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      1. re: MU

        Actually, the "cardboard" ones are made from recycled paper and are recyclable and degradable. The styrofoam containers that evolved since this thread started 8 years ago are not.

        1. re: Veggo

          Where I am, eggs are almost always in recyclable "cardboard" (and, fwiw, aren't refrigerated in supermarkets).

          1. re: Veggo

            It makes me crazy to see those styrofoam ones. We're about the king and queen of recycling :) and definitely those cardboard ones are.

        2. Now many of our organic and free range eggs come in the new plastic containers. The sellers say that they are using them becasue they keep the eggs better and they are recyclable.

          We recycle them with our other plastic containers; we don't have a means of recycling the cardboard ones.

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          1. re: junescook

            What's the number stamped on the bottom of the plastic container? That usually determines what plastics can and cannot be recycled.

            1. re: c oliver

              I think 7, though I don't have one here now. We recycle here anything from 1 through 7.

          2. jfood will not buy eggs in the styrofoam containers. LOL now sells organics in the triptych plastic or local farms in the old fashioned cardboard.

            1. too much plastic for too many products. For me it's ironic that the free range and organic ones are the ones in plastic triplicate.

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              1. re: smartie

                First, just adding to the chorus that this thread was started in 2002.

                Anyone concerned about recycling should just buy eggs from a farmers market, if possible.

                Many that were near my home would accept the empty egg containers back. One would give a $1 off a dozen if you returned the carton.

                If your local farmers market doesn't do this, try encouranging them to do it.

                The only akward thing was that I'd have to explain why I had a ton of empty egg cartons in my trunk to friends. I was never sure when I'd find a deal on eggs and would just keep empties in the truck in case I was shopping.

                It doesn't hurt to ask vendors that have items in all sorts of containers if they take them back. I would return plastic strawberry containers and stuff like that

                1. re: rworange

                  The egg place that I buy from at the farmer's market won't take the cartons back because by law they aren't allowed to (so their sign says).

                  So I recycle them.