How to Tell if Your Eggs Have Gone Bad
When it comes to eggs, be very careful because if they've gone bad, they can cause food poisoning. That's why it's so important to check them for freshness.
How do you know if your eggs have gone bad?
As the temperatures rise, food tends to go bad sooner.
If you want to know if the eggs you’ve had in the fridge for awhile now are still ok to eat, take a look at these tips to tell if they are still edible.
Eggs deserve special attention because if you eat them when they’ve gone bad, you can actually make yourself sick.
So it’s important to make sure they’re in the best of conditions before eating them.
How can I tell if eggs have gone bad?
There are a few ways to tell if an egg is still good or if it’s best to throw it out. For example, if you shake it and hear the yolk bang against the inside of the shell, it’s still good.
Here are some other tests.
Drop the egg in water
The first thing you do is put the egg in a container filled with water, ideally transparent so you can see the result more easily.
Keep these points in mind:
- If the egg quickly sinks and stays at the bottom in a horizontal position, the egg is still fresh.
- If you see it sink slowly and stay at the bottom in a diagonal or upright position, then the egg is not fresh.
You can think of it like this: the greater the angle, the older the egg. However, the egg is still ok to eat.
- If the egg does not sink to the bottom and instead floats in the middle, then that’s a sign that it has gone bad and should not be eaten.
- If you see the egg float on the surface of the water, that means it has gone totally bad.
The floating is caused by the gases that the organic material produces when it decomposes. And as we’ve said, the egg has crossed the line where it now should not be eaten.
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Cooking the egg
- If you boil the egg, cut it in half, and see that the yolk is in the center and there is a small space filled with air, the egg is still good to eat.
- But if the yolk is closer to the shell and there’s more air in it, the egg has gone bad.
Crack the egg
Another easy way to tell if the egg is still good or not is by cracking it raw onto a plate.
- If you see that the egg doesn’t spread too much and the yolk remains intact, then the egg is fresh.
- On the other hand, if you see the white and yolk spread over the whole plate, and the yolk totally diffuse, then you should consider the egg as having gone bad.
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Look for an expiration date to determine if the eggs have gone bad
Something to keep in mind is the time at which the hen lays the eggs. This is known as “week 0.” From week 3 on, the eggs should not be sold.
The reason is that eggs expire in week 4, according to the date on the label.
From then on, they start to lose their organoleptic properties and should be eaten with caution from week 6 on.
Some recommendations for keeping eggs good are to store them in their original carton and always in a cool, dry place.
They can stay perfectly good for up to three weeks.
If you cook the eggs, keep any leftovers in the refrigerator stored in an airtight container. They can be eaten for up to 3 or 4 days if kept this way. However, it’s always a good idea to check things like their odor, etc.
Remember that food stays good for less time when it’s hot out. In that case it might be best to keep them for only 2 days.