Re: Restoring those plastic sink cover cutting board things...
It's also a good idea to have a cutting board that is used exclusively for meat and another that is just for fruits and vegetables. This way there is little chance of getting bacteria from meat on your salad.
In Brazil eggs are never sold refrigerated. I keep mine on the boat out of the fridge and have never had a problem with bad eggs. I believe that if you turn them over once or twice a week they can keep for months. A lot of things we refridgerate today our grandparents keep out of the fridge (beer notwithstanding!).