Have you ever visited a farm stand or a grocery store and wondered about the freshness of the eggs? Are eggs still good past their date on the carton? Here’s a test to see if your eggs are bad or still okay to use.
A few days ago, our neighbor brought us a bag of fresh eggs from his chickens. As he was leaving, he asked, “You know how to tell if an egg is bad, right?” Umm….no. He shared this tip with me, and it works! I experimented with the eggs that he brought, a carton of in-date eggs from the refrigerator, and a carton of out-of-date eggs from the refrigerator. We always toss cartons that have expired, but with this trick now we can test the eggs to see if they are bad. Another neat way to save some money!
Begin by filling a large bowl with cold water.
Carefully place the egg in the water.
If the egg submerges to the bottom, then it’s a good one.
If it “stands” on one end, the egg is a few weeks old, but still fine to cook with and eat.
If the egg floats to the top, it is OLD and should be tossed! As an egg ages, it loses density, thus the reason old eggs float. Fortunately, I didn’t have any eggs this old in the refrigerator, so no sample picture for a bad egg.
So there ya go- a simple trick to test your eggs.
Do you cook with eggs often? We do! We have been purchasing local free range eggs for the past year, and we can definitely tell a difference when eating them and cooking with them. Since the kids have started school and our time is limited in the mornings, we have been enjoying “breakfast for dinner” at least once a week.