We just bought a new refrigerator, and it came with the obligatory open egg tray container, which went promptly into the recycle bin--which got me thinking. I have never understood the purpose of this accessory, as I keep my eggs stored in the original carton.
What is the best way to store fresh eggs in the refrigerator?
Keep stored eggs covered. Eggs readily absorb odors from, and lose
moisture to, the air circulating in the refrigerator. The best
container for them is the carton you bought them in. Don't use the
open egg racks in the door of the refrigerator. The rack is too warm
Store eggs with their broad, rounded ends up. This position helps the
chalaza keep the yolk centered in the white, away from the air pocket
where it might encounter unfriendly bacteria. The rounded end of the
egg is also less likely to break when accidentally bumped.
Don't wash eggs before you store them. If they have been coated in
oil, you would be washing away that valuable protection.
I wrap the egg cartons in doubled supermarket plastic bags, tie them shut, and store them in the back of the refrigerator. They will keep for several weeks like this, and they will not lose moisture or take on any unwanted odors.
I simple would not bother and use that space for other stuff.
The best way to store is in box, each morning as you pass them turn the box over as this will help keep the yolk in the middle of the eggs! I have heard that this is method used when on boats and they can last for many weeks using this method.
Always use "smell by date" (I am going to get this put on my grave, family of six and we have learnt to throw away next to nothing).