How To Tell If An Egg Is Fresh

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Picture of Fresh Eggs - Tipnut.comIf 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.

Yolk Color

  • 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.

Cloudy

  • If the white is cloudy, that’s a sign it’s very fresh.

Storage Tips:

  • 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.

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Published: April 16, 2007

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