The ideal breakfast for most people is fried egg, bread and a hot cup of tea or coffee. Imagine cracking your egg on a beautiful morning only to realize that it is rotten. Awful and annoying right? To curb this problem, egg boxes are stamped with their expiration dates, so it is easy for you to use them before they expire. Studies have shown that over 5 billion eggs get wasted yearly.
However, some eggs still remain fresh even after their expiration dates. So, how can you prevent world food shortage without having to smell the foul odor of a rotten egg? The following tricks or hacks will help you ascertain if the eggs are good or not. Read on to learn them.
Simple Tricks or Hacks to Tell If Eggs Are Good or Bad
The Float Test
This test is one of the best and most popular ways to check if your eggs are fresh enough to be eaten. To do this, fill a bowl with water and gently place the eggs in it. If the eggs sink to the bottom, then they are fresh. If the eggs are a few days old but still good to eat, they will stand upright at the bottom in one corner of the bowl. If the eggs float, you need to discard them.
In this test, you have to hold the eggs against a bright source of light, maybe a reading lamp or a candle (this test is also known as the candle test). When you do this, you will be able to see the air pocket in the rounded side of the egg. If the air pocket is thinner than 3.175 mm, the eggs are fresh and can be eaten. But, if the air pocket is big, and the yolk is darker, the egg is not fresh, and you need to discard it.
This method might need a little practice. So, if you are not sure if the eggs can be eaten, confirm with the floating test.
The sniff test is one of the oldest methods of checking if eggs are still fresh and can be eaten. All you have to do is sniff the egg to check if the eggs have a sulfur smell. If you can‘t smell anything but are still not convinced, crack open the egg in a plate and sniff it. If it has an odd smell, discard the egg. If not, you may fry or scramble it.
You might not know this, but shaking an egg will help you determine if it is good enough for you to eat. Hold the egg close to your ear and shake it. If you hear a swoosh-swoosh sound and feel something moving inside the egg, it is not fresh. Discard it. But if you don’t hear anything, then you are free to expend it.
Just as sicknesses have visible symptoms, bad eggs also have visible signs. You see those cracks and slimy or powdery deposits on the egg shell? They are signs of bad eggs. Cracked and slimy shells indicate the presence of bacteria, and powdery deposits indicate mold growth. Crack the eggs openss and check for any green, pink, blue, or black discoloration in the egg white. If you do, discard the egg. You may also check if the egg yolk has become a little runny. If it has, do a sniff test. If it does not smell odd, you can use the egg.
Another classic way to find out if the egg is fresh is to crack it open on a plate and check the shape of the yolk at the eye-level. The yolk of an old egg will spread out, but the yolk of a fresh egg will hold its dome-like shape. To know if you can still use the old egg, do the sniff and visual tests. If there‘s nothing off-putting about the egg, you can consume it.
If the egg is bad, wash the plate and other utensils you used with hot water to prevent bacteria
Check The “Sell By” Date
The ‘sell by’ date is different from the expiration date. This date will tell if you have to keep or discard the eggs. The eggs are likely to remain fresh up to 21-30 days past the ‘sell by’ dates. Ensure you keep the eggs safely stored in the refrigerator after this date has passed.
The expiration date stamped on the eggs also helps tell us the eggs are not so fresh. So you can perform any of the aforementioned tests to ascertain if it is fit for consumption.
Now that you have learned how to check if your eggs have gone bad, the next thing on your mind might be what to do when you discover the eggs you bought are on the verge of expiring. You should try out the following
• The eggs that are due for expiration is a short time can be pickled and eaten with a salad
• You can also hard boil the eggs and leave them in a jar of beet brine in order to get lovely, purple pickled eggs.
Wondering how you can store your eggs to keep them fresh as long as you want? Below are the tips for storing eggs.
How to store your eggs
Store Eggs In The Refrigerator
The cool temperature of the refrigerator is perfect for the eggs as it will prevent bacterial and fungal growth. Make sure you keep the eggs in the middle compartment, not in the body of the refrigerator.
Keep The Eggs In The Carton
Storing the eggs in the carton will keep them protected and fresh for a longer time.
Do Not Wash The Eggs
There is a layer that protects the eggs from bacteria called the bloom. When you wash the eggs days before using them, you remove the bloom, leaving them at the mercies of the bacteria. Wash the eggs just before using them.