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Food & Drink, Food Waste Tips

Easy Egg Freshness Test

egg freshness test

Hey friend!  I’ve got a really easy egg freshness test for you today, that’s really handy to keep up your sleeve so that you can avoid binning perfectly edible eggs.

In our house, we always have eggs to hand.  Unfortunately, we don’t always manage to use up all of the eggs before they reach their best before date.  I used to throw them away when they got to this point, because, you know, that’s what the date said.

Now, as you know I hate food waste, and really loathed to throw the unused eggs out, but what else could you do?  Well, when my other half and I first moved in together he showed me a great tip to test egg freshness, that I thought I’d share with you today:

Easy Egg Freshness Test

old egg

An egg two weeks past it’s best before date.

To test egg freshness all you have to do is take your egg and gently place it in a large glass of cold water:

egg glass water test

It sank so it’s safe to eat!

Eggs suitable for eating will sink to the bottom of the glass; eggs that float to the surface have gone off and must not be eaten.  It’s as easy as that to test egg freshness!  So even though my egg says best before 11th July it suggests it’s still safe to eat.  I took these photos on the 28th of July, in case you’re wondering.  With any egg past it’s best before date though, do ensure it’s cooked thoroughly before eating (due to a salmonella risk).

I’ll admit, I was skeptical, and felt a bit distrusting of the first egg I ate that had passed it’s best before date, but did I get ill?  No.  And have I ever been ill from an egg since we moved in together six years ago?  No.  So it’s tried and trusted, let me assure you of that!  Even the NHS say you can eat eggs after their best before date.  Again, just cook it thoroughly.

If in any doubt, the smell and look of the egg once you’ve cracked it open will also let you know if it’s suitable for consumption.  Everyone knows what a rotten egg smells like, and if it’s off the yolk will also be lying flat (rather than slightly raised) and the albumen will be very runny, almost like water.

Would you eat an egg past its expiration date?  Or do you have any other food tips?  Do share in the comments below!

Food & Drink, Summer

Alcoholic Rhubarb Cordial

rhubarb ideas

rhubarb ideas

Aah, rhubarb, that seasonal summer delight.  Field grown from April to September, August is a good month for finding fresh local rhubarb in the shops.  But what to make with it?

My rhubarb repertoire extends to a rhubarb crumble, which quite often ends up a bit too wet (any tips on how to avoid this gratefully received!).  After too many soggy crumbles I was after a foolproof rhubarb based recipe about as far removed from a crumble as you could get.  Then last month I came across this really easy no-cook boozy rhubarb cordial recipe on Food 52, which sounded amazing and crucially, foolproof! The rhubarb cordial does take a whole month to make so it’s not one for the impatient, but trust me, patience really is a virtue on this one!

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My rhubarb cordial after one month

Alcoholic Rhubarb Cordial Recipe

Boozy Rhubarb Cordial

This alcoholic rhubarb cordial is the perfect grown up treat - tasty, sweet and decadent, it's perfect on the rocks or mixed with tonic, soda or sparkling lemonade.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 500 ml

Ingredients

  • 900 g of rhubarb stalks roughly six large stalks
  • 750 ml of vodka
  • 250 g of granulated sugar
  • A sterilised 1 litre capacity large jam jar.

Instructions

  1. Wash your rhubarb stalks and chop roughly into one inch pieces.  There's no need to peel the rhubarb.
  2. Place your chopped rhubarb pieces into your jar, and add the sugar.
  3. Pour in the vodka, until all the rhubarb is covered. You'll end up with a fair bit of vodka leftover - that's ok - as long as the jar is filled to the top with vodka.
  4. Give it a good shake until as much sugar is dissolved as possible, and then leave the jar in a cool dark spot for 4 weeks.  Give it a shake every now and again to help dissolve the sugar.
  5. After four weeks sieve the mix into a bowl and discard the rhubarb (we tried to eat it.  In one word: don't!).  Decant the liquid into a sterilised bottle and enjoy responsibly!  Bottled up, it can last for around 12 months, meaning you can enjoy a taste of summer on the dullest darkest days of winter!

boozy-rhubarb-vodka-cordial

The rhubarb cordial is deliciously fruity without an overly vodka taste, and really refreshing when served with a dash of lemonade or tonic water on a hot day.  When served neat it’s smooth and warming and will make a good autumn and winter treat to warm up cold evenings.  Alternatively, for a sophisticated Bellini type drink, you could add a shot to glass of Prosecco or Champagne.

 Sidenote: I used demerara sugar as it was all I had to hand, so mine has coloured up a bit differently to how it will when you use granulated sugar.   Yours should be a little bit lighter and more pink in colour.

Main image from here, all other images my own.