An egg that’s gone bad not only smells horrible, but it can ruin your entire meal. Even if a small piece of it gets into contact with the good eggs, it’ll still ruin them! This is why, when we shop for eggs, most of us are very keen to look at the expiry date indicated on the label.
The reality is that almost every one of us has landed on a bag egg, even when the expiry date on the packaging says otherwise. So, how can you be certain that the eggs you’re about to cook are safe for consumption?
How Can You Tell If Your Eggs Are Fresh And Good Enough To Eat?
1. The Floating Test
Simply fill up a glass with water and gently drop the egg into the glass. If it sinks right to the bottom, then it’s fresh and good to eat. However, if it starts to float, it’s an indication that it’s no longer safe to eat.
An egg that is about a week old will lie at the bottom of the glass. But, it’ll do so at an angle, as opposed to lying flat at the bottom. If this happens, do not worry. The egg is still good for consumption.
An egg that is about three weeks old, will lie at the bottom of the glass, but with its wider end pointing towards the surface. This egg is okay, but it could go bad real fast.
2. The Sound Test
For this test to work, you must ensure that you’re in an extremely quiet place. Any background noise could mess up the results. Take the egg you want to test, and place it close by your ear. Shake it gently, from one side to the other. If you can’t hear any sounds or noises coming from the inside, then it’s an indication that the egg is good enough to eat.
Should you hear any sounds, such as sloshing when you shake the egg, it means that it’s already expired and it should be thrown away.
If you’re not certain of whether there are any sounds coming from the egg or not, use the floating test to confirm.
3. Crack The Egg On A Plate Test
This test involves cracking the egg on a flat plate, or any other flat surface that won’t cause spillage. Once you crack the egg, observe the yolk. If the egg is fresh, the yolk should be round, even and compact. Also, it should be sitting at the center of the egg, and be situated high up the egg white. The egg white should be thick and closely linked to the yolk.
If the egg white appears to be cloudy, then this indicates that the egg is super fresh. This cloudiness is actually carbon dioxide, which is present in eggs that have just been laid. It dissipates over time.
An egg that is not as fresh, will appear to have a blarney yolk that would be easy to break. The egg white will be thinner and more widely spread on the plate.
A bad yolk will be completely flat and the egg white will be so light, that it will almost resemble water. Such an egg should not be eaten, even if it doesn’t smell rotten.