There is nothing worse than to crack an egg into a bowl of ingredients only to find out that the egg was bad. There are 3 simple methods of testing eggs freshness before you ruin that recipe.
Many people do not know that it is actually very simple to figure out whether or not and egg is fresh or not. By trying all 3 of these methods you are guaranteed to have a farm fresh egg every time.
3 Methods of Testing Eggs Freshness
Testing Eggs Freshness with A Bowl of Water
To use this method you simply fill a bowl of water double deep as the egg is tall. There are 3 things that can happen with this method.
- The egg will float to the top of the water.
- The egg will sink to the bottom.
- It will stand straight up and down.
If the egg floats to the top of the bowl, it is old and must be discarded. It is not safe for consumption anymore.
If the egg sinks to the bottom and lays flat on its side, it is less than a week old and extremely fresh.
If the egg stands straight up and down, or bobs, it is probably between 1 and 3 weeks old and is still consumable.
Testing Eggs Freshness by Cracking it on a Plate
This method is done by cracking open an egg in question onto a plate, separate from other foods and visually inspecting the egg.
When testing eggs freshness with this method there are characteristics to look for:
- The yolk should be round, compact and stay in the center.
- The “white” should be fairly thick and should not spread far from the yolk.
- The cloudier the “white” of the egg the fresher it is as it clears with age.
If the yolk seems “flattened” or if the white is runny, resembling the properties of water, discard the egg because it is not consumable.
Testing Eggs Freshness by Sound
This method uses your hearing instead of your sight. It isn’t really highly recommended to use this method alone but can be used with one of the other methods.
While being in a very quiet room, place the egg by your ear and slightly shake the egg. Listen for swishing. If there is no sound coming from the interior of the egg it is most likely fresh and consumable.
However, if you hear a sloshing sound from inside the egg, the egg is not fresh and should be discarded immediately.
Fertilized Eggs and Blood Spots
A fertilized egg that is fresh is healthy and can be safely consumed as long as it passes the methods of testing for freshness above. Some people won’t eat a fertilized egg as a personal choice but it is completely up to you.
Wondering how to test an egg to see if it is fertile? Read How to Build a Candler so you can test your eggs.
Blood spots are the tiny red or brown spots you may see in the yolk of an egg. Since the redness fades with age, these tiny spots, which are actually broken blood vessels, actually mean it is a fresh egg. They are perfectly safe to consume and will cause no health issues at all.
Now that you know how to test eggs freshness you can enjoy farm fresh eggs daily.
The freshest eggs are the best for sunny side up and frying over-easy. The less fresh eggs you find can be used for baking and omelets where the look of the egg itself does not matter.
Do you collect farm fresh eggs from your chickens? Are you considering chickens for your homestead but don’t know where to start? Check out Choosing Chickens for your Homestead for information on getting started.
If you already raise your own flock and want to learn how to breed them see Artificial Incubation Methods or Hatching Chicken Eggs on your Homestead. If you just want to check your chicken eggs for fertilization then see How to Build a Candler.
You can read more about eggs and see her float test on Fresh Eggs Daily.