Sometimes its hard to know if those eggs you’ve got on the counter or in the back of the refrigerator are still good to eat. The easiest way to find out is by using the age old and simple egg freshness water test. It’s simple and it really works!
How it works
Eggs have an air cell that becomes larger as the egg ages and acts as a buoyancy aid. An egg can float in water when its air cell has enlarged sufficiently to keep it buoyant.
The egg freshness test
Gently place your eggs in the bowl. You can determine their level of freshness by how they sink or float.
If the egg sinks to the bottom and lies flat it is Very fresh
If the egg sinks to the bottom but bobs up upward it is still quite fresh.
If the egg stands upright on one end it is getting old and should be used soon. A lot of people prefer boiled eggs at this stage because they are much easier to peel than when they are fresh.
As the egg gets older it will start to float to the top. Eggs that float to the surface are very old and might possibly be spoiled. The only way to determine if it is spoiled or not is to crack it open and check. When you crack the egg, if it has a strong smell or if the white has taken on a blue-green color, toss it out.
Determining your eggs freshness really is that simple!
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