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
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:
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!