So you decided to make some breakfast food and quickly realized your eggs were expired, now what to do? Well there is a pretty neat way to tell if your eggs are still usable or if its time to toss them into the composting pile.
Step 1 – Get your eggs out of the container.
Step 2 – Take a large cup or a bowl and fill it with cold water.
Step 3 – Put the egg in the cup or bowl. If the egg floats, its still GOOD, and if it sinks, it is no longer any good. (If the egg sinks and stands on its end, its still good, but not as fresh
Why Does This Happen?
“Since eggshells are porous, the liquid inside the egg evaporates over time and is replaced by outside air. This results in more buoyant eggs. So, when you place them in water, the fresher, heavier eggs sink to the bottom, while the older, lighter eggs float to the top. While this trick can help you to determine the freshness of eggs, you should still discard any eggs that have an odd appearance or odor, or that have been stored improperly—even if they passed the sink test. Saving a carton of eggs is not worth the risk of getting sick.”
Tips on how to keep eggs longer:
- Eggs should not be stored on the refrigerator door, but in the main body of the refrigerator to ensure that they keep a consistent and cool temperature.
- Leftover raw egg whites and yolks should be put in airtight containers and stored in the refrigerator immediately. To prevent yolks from drying out, cover them with a little cold water. Drain the water before using.
- When storing hard boiled eggs, you may notice a “gassy” odour in your refrigerator. The odour is caused by hydrogen sulphide, which forms when eggs are cooked. It’s harmless and usually dissipates in a few hours.