Random Tip: Is the Egg Fresh?

Thanks to Kyle for the idea…

And, thanks to wikiHow for the answers.

Here are a couple of ways to tell if your egg is fresh:

  1. Place the egg in a bowl of cold water. (The water level should be about 2 times higher than the egg.) If the egg sinks to the bottom and lies on its side, it’s fresh. If it stands on end (the small point on the bottom of the bowl), then it is not as fresh, but perfectly safe to consume. If it floats on the top, do not eat it.
  2. Hold the egg up to your ear, and shake gently. If you can hear sloshing, do not consume the egg. If you hear nothing, it’s probably just fine.

3 thoughts on “Random Tip: Is the Egg Fresh?

  1. Mom says:

    The water bowl is an old and reliable trick I picked up in 4H as a fledgling baker. To make the best, most “peelable” boiled eggs, always use the ones that stand on end. The fresh ones will cling to the shells and be a mess. Here in the States, you can Google your State or County “Home Extension Service” to get more tips and tricks like this. In Indiana, it’s the Indiana Extension Homemakers. You can see their page at http://www.ieha-families.org/ I’m long past my 4H days, but I still check their website whenever I have a kitchen conundrum 🙂

    • Claire says:

      Haha, yes! We have had our own chickens for years, and quickly discovered that the freshest eggs are terribly difficult to peel. I hadn’t thought to check the home extension service! Great tip. Thanks!

  2. Mom says:

    Yes, I’ve seen the Easter Bunny come to our house many times having been unprepared with a big buy-in of stock a week or two in advance of the Holiday! The hideously peeled results do make for pretty egg salad though

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