As an American, I demand the fitting to an enormous fridge/freezer with ice water within the door.
That’s not a factor right here.
Okay, it’s rising in popularity, but it surely actually hasn’t been obtainable in any of the three residences I’ve rented since I moved to Switzerland. The fridges have all been comparatively small.
My present apartment-provided fridge is barely bigger than what you’d purchase on your 18-year-old to take to school. I’ve two teenagers, considered one of whom is 6’5″. This isn’t going to work for us.
So I purchased a fridge off Fb market three years in the past once we moved right here. It was not anyplace near American-sized, but it surely was sufficient to maintain meals in the home so we might survive a weekend and have a spot for my eggs.
See, in Switzerland (and, so far as I do know, all of Europe); eggs don’t go within the fridge. They sit on the counter. They’re stored at room temperature. In contrast to American eggs, they aren’t washed off and stripped of their protecting coating. (They usually include feathers like the image.) So eggs stay on the counter. Who has room of their tiny Euro-fridges?
Nicely, I do.
Up till a few month in the past when my large fridge died.
I eat eggs often as they’re good protein, so it’s not like my eggs sit round for months, getting previous. When lowered to only a tiny fridge, I put the eggs on the counter as any good Swiss particular person would. It’s even winter, so my home by no means will get above 22 levels Celsius (72 Fahrenheit) and is normally under that. No cause to not have my eggs on the counter!
And whereas I ate a number of of them, I couldn’t wrap my mind across the psychological block. Eggs needs to be stored chilly. They have to be within the fridge. I acknowledge that I don’t know a single Swiss one who died of salmonella poisoning, however I couldn’t do it.
So after two weeks, my new (learn: additionally bought on Fb market) fridge arrived. I threw out the counter eggs, purchased a brand new carton of eggs, and put them within the fridge the place they belong. (Don’t remind me that the grocery retailer retains them at room temperature.)
I do know it’s psychological.
I do know it’s okay to maintain Swiss eggs on the counter–particularly within the winter when it’s cool in the home.
I don’t prefer it.
I’m completely prepared to undertake different Swiss customs, however by golly, this isn’t considered one of them.
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