How To Tell If An Egg Is Fresh
If you have an egg or two sitting in the refrigerator for awhile and you’re not too sure if they’re still fresh enough to eat, here are a few easy ways to help you determine freshness…
- If an egg is held in the palm and shaken gently and a rattle is felt, it is not very fresh; when newly laid the thick white cushions the yolk and the egg is solid when shaken. Source
- A fresh one will sink in water. If it floats, it’s not fresh. Source
- When you crack it into a frying pan, the white will be dense and hold well around the yolk. If it’s not as fresh, the white will run and spread over the pan.
- A deep bright yellow yolk is a sign of freshness since yolks can pale over time, however yolk color really doesn’t mean much since the diet of the hen will affect the color.
- If the white is cloudy, that’s a sign it’s very fresh.
- They can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one month before being eaten. If you hardboil one, it can be refrigerated for up to one week before eating.
- Leave them in the carton instead of inside the refrigerator door holder. This will help prevent them from absorbing the food odors in the fridge.
Is it raw or hardboiled?
- Spinning an egg will let you know if it’s raw or hardboiled. If it wobbles, it’s raw. A steady spin is hardboiled.