How to Test an Egg for Freshness

Would you like to know how an egg that's passed their use-by date are still good in your fridge? Read on!

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Hold an egg to the light - no dark specs - feels heavy - fresh. To be doubly sure, place the egg in a jug of cold water.

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If it's newly-laid, it will lie on the bottom - fresh. Ideal for poaching, frying or mayonnaise, which you can whip up from my "Healthy Mayonnaise in Seconds" Snapguide.

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Egg shells are semi-permeable. After more than a week, air sac present in all eggs, gets larger. Large end will rise slightly at an angle - fairly stale. Best for omelettes, sauces, or cake mixtures.

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After about two weeks - vertical. More stale. Ideal for hard-boiled - easier to peel shells for deviled eggs, etc.

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Eggs are ok for about 3 weeks in average. After more than 3 weeks - egg floats to the top - bad - discard. A bad egg is quite light in weight and smells pungent.

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View from above: A bad egg,

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a stale egg,

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and a fresh egg.

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Tip: Store eggs small end down in air-tight egg carton in the fridge (so that eggs don't absorb any unwanted odour from fridge). Stay healthy and kind and have a nice day! Cheers!

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