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Should eggs be stored pointed end down?

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An eggcelent question. Turns out, there is a 'right way up' when storing eggs to reduce the risk of them going off.

Asked by: Joseph Parker, Chichester

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Yes. The blunt end of an egg has an air pocket between the inner and outer shell membranes. This gradually enlarges as the egg loses moisture during storage.

Keeping the air pocket at the top helps to keep the yolk centred within the egg and prevents the air pocket from rupturing, which reduces the risk of the egg spoiling.

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