Image of kicking the day with fried eggs in butter / ghee and a hot cup of coffee. This perfect start to your day can go awfully wrong if you crack open and rotten egg! To solve this problem, egg boxes are stamped with their expiration date, so you can discard them in a timely manner. But, did you know that about 5 billion eggs get wasted per year ( 1 )? A lot of eggs remain fresh past their expiration date. So, how can you prevent the world food shortage without having to smell the foul odor of a rotten egg? Simple. Use the following tricks to check if the eggs are good. These methods are surprisingly accurate.
7 Simple Tricks To Tell If Eggs Are Good Or Bad
1. The Float Test
The float test is one of the best ways to check if the eggs are fresh and can be eaten. All you have to do is fill a bowl of water and gently place the eggs in it. If they sink to the bottom, the eggs are fresh. If the eggs are a few days old but still good to eat, they will stand upright in the bottom of the corner of the bowl. If the eggs float, you need to discard them.
This test is accurate because the egg shell is porous and allows the air to pass into the eggs.
It is best to hard boil eggs that are a few weeks old as their shells tend to come off faster than fresh eggs. You can fry or scramble the eggs that are fresh and sink to the bottom of the bowl.
2. Light Test
Hold the eggs against a light source of light, like a candle (this test is also known as the candle test) or a reading light. You will be able to see the air pocket in the rounded side of the egg. If the air pocket is thinner than 3.175 mm, the eggs are fresh and can be eaten. But, if the air pocket is big, and the yolk is darker, the egg is not fresh, and you need to discard it
This method may need a little practice. So, if you are not sure, confirm with the floating test
3. Sniff Test
The sniff test is one of the oldest methods of checking whether the eggs are still fresh and can be eaten. All you have to do is sniff the egg to check if it has a sulfur smell. If you can not smell anything but are still not convinced, crack open the egg in a plate and sniff it. If it has a strange smell, discard the egg. If you do not, you may fry or scramble it.
4. Shake Test
Shaking an egg can also help determine if it's good to eat. Hold the egg close to your ear and shake it. If you hear a swoosh-swoosh sound and feel something moving inside the egg, it's not fresh. Discard it. If you do not hear anything, the egg is fresh, and you can consume it
5. Visual Inspection
Bad eggs have few visible signs. Check for cracks and slimy or powdery deposits on the egg shell. Cracked and slimy shells indicate the presence of bacteria, and powdery deposits indicate mold growth. Crack open the egg and check for any green, pink, blue, or black discoloration in the egg white. If you do, discard the egg. You may also check if the egg yolk has become a little runny. If it does, do a sniff test. If it does not smell odd, you can use the egg
6. Plate Test
Another classic way to find out if the egg is fresh is to crack it open on a plate and check the shape of the yolk at the eye level. The yolk of an old egg will spread out, but the yolk of a fresh egg will hold its dome-like shape. To know if you can still use the old egg, do the sniff and visual tests. If there is nothing about the egg, you can consume it
7. Check The "Sell By" Date
Not the expiration date. The "sell by" date will tell you if you must discard or keep the eggs. Eggs remain fresh up to 21-30 days past the "sell by" date. Just make sure you store the eggs in the refrigerator after "sell by" has passed.
On the other hand, the "expiration date" tells us if the eggs are less than fresh, and you can do any one of the
If this information is not available, check for the "pack date." This may be difficult to decipher as it's written in Julian date format. This means that the date will be written as 001 001 for 1st January
These were the seven easy ways to check if the eggs have gone bad. You must be wondering, what can you do with the eggs that are on the verge of expiring? Well, I suggest you do it
What to Do With Eggs That Will Come Soon
The eggs that are going to expire soon can be pickled and eaten with salad. (19659006) But how can you store the eggs to keep them fresh as long as possible?
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