You really need to be careful with everything you do these days.
Everyone looks at the best by dates on perishable goods. But manufacturers use a variety of different terms on their produce like “best used before,” “sell by” and “use by” dates.
Eggs usually have a vest buy date. There is actually a better way to judge how fresh they are.
All cartons have three digits below or above the best buy date and you should look for it.
That number, called the Julian date, indicates the very day the eggs were placed in the carton and the number simply indicates the consecutive days of the year. For example, Jan. 1 would appear as 001 and Dec. 31 would appear as 365.
Here is a chart from the USDA website:
You can store fresh eggs in their cartons in a refrigerator for “four to five weeks beyond this date,” according to the University of Lincoln.
It is important to note that the “best by” date does not indicate freshness and the FDA doesn’t require egg producers to post it. In short, the “best by” date may not always tell the truth about how long the eggs are safe to consume, but the Julian date will.
What are your thoughts on this?