Dating on egg cartons

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Egg cartons have an alphabet soup of letters and s on them. They do mean something, and they can help you choose fresher eggs. There are three codes on your egg carton — the pack date, the expiration date, and the plant code. All egg cartons have a pack date.

This is 3-digit date, in the Julian calendar format. January 1 is , and December 31 is in a leap year, December 31 is This tells you the date that the eggs were packed in the egg carton. The pack date in the egg carton above is , which was March 27, You can safely store eggs in your refrigerator and use them for up to weeks past the pack date. On this egg carton, the pack date is , or December 2. The sell by date is December An expiration or sell by date tells the grocery store when to pull the eggs from the shelf.

This date must be 30 days or less from the pack date. Eggs are still safe to eat for weeks past this date weeks past the pack date. A best by date tells you when your eggs will have the best quality. If a best by date is on the egg carton, it must be 45 days or less from the pack date. Check out this post for more information about dates on food labels.

All eggs packaged in a USDA inspected plant must also have a plant code on the carton. The plant code tells you which plant the eggs were packaged in. You can look up the plant location with this tool from the USDA. I have a few old egg cartons kicking around here. The USDA plant codes are , , , and Three of those are in Croton, Ohio miles away and one is in Bryant, Indiana miles away. How cool that the eggs in my grocery store are from so close to me? Unless you want to hard boil them. Then you should look for eggs that are a little older.

Find out why here. The butter in my refrigerator does not have a BF code, but it does have a few other codes. You can tell how old your eggs are by looking at the codes on the carton, or by doing a float […]. You must be logged in to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Pack Date All egg cartons have a pack date. How Old Are Your Cows? Comment Policy I welcome comments and conversation. All comments are moderated, and may not appear immediately. As long as you are respectful and courteous, your comment will be approved.

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Dating on egg cartons

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