TV chef James Martin warns people not to store eggs in their fridge

There has long been a debate about whether eggs should be stored in a fridge or a cupboard.

And TV chef James Martin is firmly on the cupboard side as he said people shouldn't be keeping eggs in their fridge.

The food expert shared the reason behind his tip during a cooking segment on ITV's This Morning with Holly Willoughly and Phillip Schofield – and it's all to do with the shells.

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After baking two Victoria sponge cakes using different types of eggs, the chef began to talk about the difference between hen and duck eggs.

He said it was the ‘quality’ of the eggs which mattered most.

Martin then went on to tell viewers how to store them and explained as ‘all eggs are porous’ and they should ‘never be kept in the fridge’ because they will end up 'absorbing all the flavours from the fridge' through their shells.

Aside from that, he said cold eggs aren’t the best to cook with and they should be used at room temperature.

Despite his claims, website egginfo.co.uk seems to disagree.

The site claims: "Best practice is to store eggs in the fridge; that way the temperature is always at a constant and your eggs will be fresher!

"When you do get around to using them, try to leave the eggs out of the fridge for around 30 minutes to bring them up to room temperature, otherwise cooking times could change depending on how you’re using them.”

The site does say, however, that storing in a ‘cool pantry that doesn’t heat up when the kitchen temperature rises’ is fine, but stresses keeping eggs at a consistent temperature below 20C is key.

It also recommends people keep eggs in their original boxes, as this will help prevent the problems Martin mentioned, as well as allow you to check the use-by date.

"Perhaps the best reason to keep eggs in their carton is so they stay as fresh as can be,” the site explains.

"Why? Eggshells have tiny pores which bacteria from other foods and smells such as food odour and flavouring can seep through over time. Our tip – keep the carton!"

Who knew eggs were so controversial, eh?

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