Facebook Is Messing with Me

I just learned from FB that many people don’t keep butter in the refrigerator. This is freaking me out because it completely subverts my understanding of how the world works.

P.S. And some people don’t keep eggs in the refrigerator. Wow.

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13 thoughts on “Facebook Is Messing with Me”

  1. “some people don’t keep eggs in the refrigerator. ”

    There’s a legitimate health reason why eggs in America are sold in the refrigerated items section and then kept in home refrigerators, while in Europe eggs are sold warm and kept at room temperature.

    When hens lay eggs, the shells are coated with a substance that keeps bacteria from penetrating them, so the eggs can safely be kept at room temperature until they’re washed.

    America’s FDA requires eggs to be washed before they’re put on the market, and this mandated “cleaning” removes the protective coating.

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    1. And I believe the reason eggs are washed in the US but not in Europe is because hen flocks in Europe are generally vaccinated against salmonella but this is less common in the US. I learned this when I was trying to figure out if I could eat soft-boiled eggs when pregnant – deemed safe in the UK but not in the US.

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    2. Dreidel, I’ve been in supermarkets in half of Europe and never have I ever seen eggs sold at room temperature . Perhaps some people keepp them such at home, but I haven’t heard anyone with access to refrigeration do that.

      You’re right that European eggs tend to be safer than American , but maybe not that safe

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      1. Dreidel, I’ve been in supermarkets in half of Europe and never have I ever seen eggs sold at room temperature .”

        When I was stationed in Germany and Sicily almost 40 years ago, none of my many German and Italian close friends ever shopped at “supermarkets.” Eggs and just about all food except for meat were bought in open outdoor markets where everything was obviously sold at ambient temperature.

        I was in Europe for five years, and saw exactly one supermarket (in Kaiserslautern, Germany), but never shopped in it.

        I’m sure times have changed over there in four decades, so can’t dispute what you say.

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      2. Stille: Eggs were sold non-refrigerated in many UK supermarkets when I left 10 years ago. As far as I know, they still are.

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          1. “We have a local farmer who sells them unrefrigerated and she’s trying to educate people on why it’s ok. ”

            Just remember that unwashed eggs may have invisible traces of chicken manure on the shell’s surface. So you can store the eggs at room temperature, but definitely WASH the intact shell before you remove it (and don’t let Klara touch the unwashed eggs).

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      3. ” never have I ever seen eggs sold at room temperature ”

        It’s very common in Poland now (as the small refrigerated sections have become full of other stuff (nasty prepared foods… yech)

        At home I put them in the fridge (and IIRC once you’ve put them there they need to stay refrigerated until you use them)

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  2. Yup – my parents (in the UK) keep the opened stick of butter currently in use in a butter-dish in the cupboard. The temperature appears to be just right there, and they eat plenty of butter so it doesn’t get a chance to go rancid. (The rest of the unopened butter is kept in the fridge.) I can’t do the same here in Southern California because it would get too soft most of the year. They do keep their eggs in the fridge though (although they’re not refrigerated at the store).

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  3. I keep a butter reserve in the fridge but also have some in the butter dish at room temperature.
    Polish butter is traditionally… not very good. People got used to very crappy margarine things during communism because… communism it was that or nothing and it was very slow to improve after (for reasons I don’t understand) it’s a bit better now but I still often go for imported.
    The best butter I’ve ever had, bar none was from Portugal(?!) The Azores to be exact, so good it took some willpower to not have it by itself. Irish and Danish are also both really good.
    Unfortunately it’s all unsalted so if I want lightly salted I have to go to store with French butter..

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