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 I experimented with the eggs that he brought, a carton of in-date eggs from the refrigerator, and a carton of out-of-date eggs from the refrigerator.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.
Here are two of my most popular recipes that use eggs, Sweet Potato Casserole and Ham and Cheese Egg Muffins!
Amy - while wearing heels says
Cranberry Morning says
Hmm. Just like snails. If they’re floating on the top of the water, get rid of them!
Antonette Scott says
AWESOME! I have been tossing eggs for years!
I could probably get you a sample picture of a bad egg. My fridge has some seriously old eggs in it 😉
Ooo never knew eggs could stand vertically like that
Our Pinteresting Family says
What a great tip!
Adrianne at Happy Hour Projects says
What a neat tip! I knew they weren’t always bad on the carton date, but it’s great to have a safe way to check! Thanks for the share!
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I’ll have to use this; we’ve got some that I have no idea how old they are.
Kara at Petals to Picots says
Very cool tip! Thank you for sharing!
Great tip Melanie! I shall remember that!
Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
Mrs. Wayfairer says
A very true tip. We raise chickens. ‘farm fresh’ eggs will last several months, so you now know that when the grocery store has eggs with only a few weeks on them, they are already a few months old! and another tip…especially with ‘farm fresh’..the older the egg, the easier to peel when hard-boiling them.
Mrs. Wayfairer says
Excellent tip, very true! We raise our own chickens, and I know that with proper handling, ‘farm fresh’ eggs will last several months. So now you know–grocery store eggs are already ‘old’. and another tip about eggs, especially farm-fresh, the older the egg, the easier to peel when hard boiling them.
✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life says
I’ve heard of it but never tried it.
I should thanks!
Shannah @ Just Us Four says
This is such a great tip! I never knew this. Thanks for sharing.
Mindie Hilton says
I am trying not to laugh over here, but you linked this post up right before I linked my fertility giveaway post up at Bacon Time, so you see your title “are your eggs bad” and then you see my fertility giveaway, LOL. Thanks for linking up at Bacon Time, hope to see you again this Friday.
[email protected] From the Heart says
This is exactly the way I’ve checked eggs for years. We have 35 chickens, so we get a lot of eggs. I try rotating them in the fridge but sometimes with as many eggs as we get it can get confusing so I end up checking all the eggs this way just to see which are new, a little aged (couple of weeks-which are great for boiling and peeling, and the too old~time to toss eggs. If their a floater, it time to get rid of, as in thrash them. My youngest son loves this job when it arises, he gets to throw them way out in the woods. He calls it pitching practice. :0)
Visiting from Carolyns Homework.
I saw a whole batch of bad eggs nearly get used for devilled eggs last year. Thankfully my aunt knew about this trick and saved us. The worst part is that the carton was purchased at the store that day…and after checking we found out it had expired months earlier…eeewww!
Oo great tip! Thanks. We were given some eggs by our neighbours a while ago and didn’t know how to check so we just cracked each one individually before adding them to anything, but this would of saved us time (and washing up!)
Rose :: Fine Craft Guild .com says
this is a new tip for me. thank you for sharing. btw we also have a craft party each week on the blog, and since i realize you do lots of creative crafts here, do link up your creative crafts with us. best projects are featured each week. http://www.finecraftguild.com ‘s TIME FOR A PARTY..
lol – I’m so glad you didn’t have a bad egg to show. Great tip, thanks for sharing at our party this week.
Trish - Mom On Timeout says
What a neat tip! I will definitely have to try this! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!
Great tip. Thanks so much for sharing at The Gathering Spot last week. Have a wonderful week Melanie.
Michelles Tasty Creations says
WOW – who knew. Thank you SOOO much for sharing this at Creative Thursday last week. I buy a ton of eggs at Costco because I’m always baking and cooking but usually throw them out if the date is expired (doesn’t happen often) but now I can check them and see how old they actually are 🙂 Great advise.
Kimberly Sminkey says
i’m always freaked out with expiration times for foods! This is a great tip, I remember hearing of this before but couldn’t remember if it was good or bad to float! Thanks for linking ot Tip toe thru tuesday! Following your blog now!
Good tip! Thank you!