A woman has unwittingly sparked a huge debate online after proudly posting photos of her food cupboard, which she had just meticulously organised.
Inside the enormous pantry was all of her grains, tins, jars, seasoning, sauces – and eggs.
And it’s the last item that Candice, who hails from Australia, would horrify other social media users with.
Many demanded to know why on earth she kept her eggs in the cupboard and not in the fridge, but others were on Candice’s side and said they did the same.
Alongside the photo, Candice wrote: “Pantry organising day.
“It took seven years to get to this point. ‘I got serious about healthy eating and slowly started learning how to make everything from scratch.
“We never eat out or buy lunches, so all of these ingredients do eventually get used.”
She continued: “I would advise if you want to organise your supplies, then you need to pull everything out of your pantry, assess and re-organise.”
While many of her friends and followers remarked on how incredibly tidy the pantry was and applauded Candice’s organising skills, others were not keen.
“Now you just need to put the eggs in the fridge and get some Tupperware,” one woman commented.
Another added: “Maybe the egg cartons are empty, but eggs go off seven times quicker at room temperature compared to a fridge.”
A third raged: “Eggs in the pantry! This is NOT okay.”
A professional put his two cents in, writing: “I’m an egg farmer, fresh eggs store on shelf for four weeks, six weeks in the fridge. They are very stable as long as not stored in a hot place or in sunlight.”
Website EggInfo.co.uk says it’s fine to store eggs in your food cupboard, so long as it doesn’t get too warm in there.
It says: “For optimum quality and safety, you want to make sure your eggs are kept at a steady temperature below 20’C, so try to avoid moving them too often between very cold and very warm temperatures such as between a hot car and fridge, or fridge and hot kitchen.
“If you have a cool pantry that doesn’t heat up when the kitchen temperature rises, that’s fine for storing eggs but whilst a regular kitchen cupboard may seem a relatively constant environment, temperatures can still fluctuate when you’re cooking things that produce a lot of heat or steam.
“Best practice is to store eggs in the fridge; that way the temperature is always at a constant and your eggs will be fresher! When you do get around to using them, try to leave the eggs out of the fridge for around 30 minutes to bring them up to room temperature, otherwise cooking times could change depending on how you’re using them.”