How to tell if your eggs are still good

If you don't have a direct and reliable source for eggs, it's hard to tell when your eggs are laid. Store-bought eggs are usually on the "best" dates listed on their carton, and although that date may give a clue as to the freshness, it is not yet certain whether or not the egg is good to eat. However, there is a handy kitchen hack that will tell you in a few seconds if your eggs are bad.

Place your eggs in a bowl full of water. If an egg was on its side at the bottom of the bowl, it would still be fresh. If it sits upright and rests on the bottom of the bowl, your egg will be on the old side, but even better - it is perfect for hard boiling and peeling. If the egg floats, there is a good chance it will end.

However, this trick is not foolproof. The reason the old egg floats is that it has an air cell that grows as it grows older, causing it to become soaked in water. Although a floating egg means old, it is completely safe to eat.

The simplest and surest way to know if an egg is still good is to whip it in a bowl and check if it has any smell or is in any way unusual. Fresh shell eggs kept in the fridge at a temperature of 45 degrees Fahrenheit or less are safe to eat four to four weeks before the date listed on the carton. This date, known as the Julian date, refers to any date in the calendar year in which the eggs from 001 to 365 are packed.

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