Have you ever wondered how to determine if the eggs you bought are good or bad? Are you curious on how to check if eggs are still edible? In this post I’ll teach you how to tell if an egg is still good after the expiration date and how to perform an egg water float test.
I use a lot of eggs at my house between all of my cooking and baking on a daily basis.
Back before starting our own backyard chicken hobby farm, I would buy eggs from the store and stick them in my refrigerator. There were times I had no idea how old they were or how long they had been in the fridge.
I have less of a problem now with knowing how old eggs are because we collect eggs daily from our hens and then keep them on the kitchen counter in an egg basket. Typically putting new eggs towards the back.
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However, I recently was given some farm-fresh eggs from someone, so I stuck them in my refrigerator and then left for vacation.
Upon returning from our 11 day trip, not only did I have a lot of eggs from our two egg laying hens, but I still had those eggs in my refrigerator.
I had a house full of kids who had spent the night, so for breakfast I needed a quick and easy meal that was kid-approved. I made my oven baked puffy pancakes, which requires two eggs per batch.
I pulled out the eggs from the refrigerator and had no idea if they were still good or not.
I thought back to a conversation I had while in Italy with several of my husband’s co-workers. One gentleman, Paolo, had told me he tests his eggs always before using them by placing them in a bowl of water. He said that if the eggs sink; they are good. If the eggs float; they are bad.
So that’s just what I did before cracking the eggs into my puffy pancake batter! I tested my eggs to see if they were still good or not.
Egg Float Test to Check for Freshness
I’ve created a super short video tutorial showing how to float test eggs!
Sink or Float
After placing the eggs in a bowl of water, the eggs will either sink or float.
If the eggs sink, they are fresh. If the eggs float, they are past their prime and you may choose to discard them.