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How long would eggs last out of the refrigerator and out of the shell?

This may be a strange question, but I'm planning on baking them afterwards. And I'll leave them out only around 6 hours at room temperature.

The thought makes me shiver; but would you reckon this to be fine?

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Is there a reason why you can't leave them in their shells or in the refrigerator? – Mien Dec 20 '12 at 7:01
Well, to be honest I was planning on jury rigging some kind of machine together to bake me an omelet in the morning... but the egg-breaking part seems to be the hardest. ^^ – pepijn Dec 20 '12 at 21:45
Maybe it's just me, but I find the egg-breaking to be the easiest part of omelet-making... – daisy_ann Dec 20 '12 at 22:48
@daisy_ann: I'm talking robots, that's why. But I guess I'll have to let this one rest for a little while longer. :) – pepijn Dec 22 '12 at 1:18
perhaps you could rig up an insulated container to keep the eggs in overnight and surround the eggs with ice? – Jonathan Dec 22 '12 at 21:15
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One day on the counter at room temperature is approximately equivalent to a week in the refrigerator. When I used eggs at a rapid rate, baking every day, I always kept them on the counter, since they would not have to be brought to room temperature to beat easily to the ribbon or whatever.

They should be good in the refrigerator for several weeks past their sell by date, or on the counter for several days.

6 hours is fine.

(All of the above is assuming they are in their shells, uncracked....)

Out of the shell, eggs are highly perishable--what the health codes call a "potentially hazardous" food. Don't hold them for any length of time at room temperature. I would say no more than 30 minutes to an hour, less if you can.

Lots of egg facts, but they do insist that the eggs are refrigerated.

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Thanks, but do you have any idea for the case where they're out of their shells, i.e. cracked? – pepijn Dec 20 '12 at 2:26
Sorry I missed that on first read--see edit. Bad idea to hold raw eggs out of the shell at room temperature. Very bad. – SAJ14SAJ Dec 20 '12 at 2:29

Fresh, healthy eggs are protected by natural antibacterial enzymes and will stay good for at least three weeks without refrigeration. Chickens are brooded for about three weeks before they hatch and it should be obvious, that it would be at least inconvenient if the egg goes stale before the chicken is out.

In Germany, eggs are not refrigerated in the supermarket. The recommended shelf life (best before date) is 28 days if kept refrigerated after 18 days, since the natural protection starts to deteriorate after appr. 21 days.

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OP is asking about eggs outside the shell - very different and very much more dangerous than in the shell. – Kristina Lopez Dec 20 '12 at 18:39

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