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How To Tell If Eggs Are Bad

How To Tell If Eggs Are Bad-A lot of us put our crates and carton of eggs in the fridge because eggs are one of the things that can stay for a long time without getting bad but what if the eggs have stayed for a while and you are wondering if it has gone bad because they have past the sell by date; well, you are not alone on this one as we have also been in similar situations.

It’s not bad wanting to reduce the number of times you visit the store to get eggs and trying to buy a lot of them at once and keeping them in the fridge but if you would be confused on knowing if they would have gone bad before use, then this article got you covered.

Here, we are going to be looking at how you could tell if eggs are bad and also how you can keep your eggs fresh so you wouldn’t have to get scared of the eggs going bad after a period of time.

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Let’s get started…

Testing The Freshness Of The Eggs

  • Place the eggs in a bowl or wide glass of cold water and see if it floats

The egg-float test work a lot of times. There are tiny air pockets inside eggs and when the eggs have stayed for a while, more air passes through their porous shells and into the egg.

As air enters the egg, the air pocket tends to grow larger and makes the egg more floatable. So when you use this method, watch out for the following:

  • If the egg lay on its side on the bottom of the bowl then its freshness is at its peak
  • If the egg stands upright on one end but it is still touching the bottom then it’s getting old and should be eaten
  • If the egg is floating then the egg is not fresh but this doesn’t mean that it is unsafe or bad to eat. You can check the egg but cracking it open to check to smell; if it has an offensive smell, then it has gone bad.
  • Hold the egg up to your ear, shake it and listen for a sloshing sound

As eggs stay for a long time, moisture and carbon dioxide leaves through the shell, the yolk and also the white begins to dry out and shrink. The air pockets begin to get bigger and a larger air pocket gives the egg more room to move around inside the shell and create a sloshing sound. If you a testing through this method, you should check out for the following:

  • A sloshing egg shows that the egg is old but it doesn’t mean that the egg is bad or unsafe for eating.
  • A fresh egg doesn’t make any sound when you shake it
  • Crack the egg open on a plate or in a large bowl and check the quality of the yolk and white

The quality of eggs deteriorates with the age and so it won’t be as fresh eggs and you can see this from the yolk. When you crack the egg open and it spreads over the plate or seem a little watery and has a thinner white, then it has passed it freshness.

You should notice these when using this method:

  • If the yolk moves easily then the chalazae (the spring bands of egg white that holds the yolk in place) is weakened and so the egg is old
  • If the yolk is flat and breaks easily, the egg is old

How To Use Dates To Check Freshness

  • Check the sell-by date on the package

If the egg is in a carton or crate, you should check the sell-by date. In some cases, it might be written as “EXP” or “not to be sold after”. This date is usually for around 30 days after the eggs were packaged so it means that you eggs could stay for one month and still be good.

This doesn’t mean that the eggs are bad or rotten if they have stayed for one month after the sell-by date though.

  • Check the “best-by” date on the package

This can be written as “best before or use before” in some cases and the “best-by” label must be within 45 days of the date the eggs were packaged. If the eggs has stayed passed its best-by date, it is advised that you use the eggs.

  • Throw eggs that have been stored in the fridge and sat out the room temperature

When you store your eggs in the fridge, it is important that you maintain that temperature because if you put a cool egg in a warm environment, it begins to sweat and this could cause bacteria to start growing outside the egg and because the shell of the eggs are porous, the bacteria could pass through and contaminate the egg.

If you want to store your eggs to prevent change in temperature and to maintain the freshness of the egg, store the egg in the coldest part of your fridge and not the door because when you open and close the door of the fridge, it could cause a fluctuation in temperature.

  • Use the guidelines of your country concerning eggs to determine how long your eggs can stay

If you have a poultry and you want to know how long your eggs could stay before they go bad, you can look for the guidelines for egg freshness of your country. But typically, eggs could say for as long as two months or more.

Final Note

If you cannot tell if you eggs are good or bad, you will end up throwing away good eggs but like we told you in the introduction of this article that we got you covered and we have listed some of the basic methods or techniques to tell if eggs are bad.

You should know that there are some eggs that contain bacteria that cause food-borne illness like Salmonella and they may look and smell like normal eggs and so even if eggs pass the above tests, you will still need to cook the eggs very well before you eat.

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