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post #41 of 46
I just got done washing my batch of fresh eggs eggs from a few days ago and fresh eggs from today I can testify to the fact that fresh eggs will float I don't know why I had seven floaters that came from the fresh eggs and they are always the same type of egg slightly distorted feel like they are light in weight and when I crack them open the shell is real thin and sometimes the yoke breaks on impact The white is thick and clear and no smell other than the fact that it floated in the sink The white is thick and clear and no smell other than the fact that it floated in the sink So I'm convinced there are other reasons and egg may float especially if it is a fresh egg
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post #42 of 46
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Originally Posted by Raggedyroad View Post

I want to boil my 3 - 4 week old eggs so I can't crack them 1st to make sure they are safe.  Suggestions?

A lot of the confusion over bad eggs that do not float seems to be caused by eggs left outdoors in an uncontrolled environment. I believe that the float test is highly reliable if all your eggs have been stored in doors, and especially so if refrigerated. While fresh eggs can be left on the countertop for over a month and still be edible, I believe they can be good for three times as long refrigerated.
post #43 of 46
The business of floating eggs is a fascinating subject, shown by the fact that 5 years after the thread was started it continues. So I'm going to add to it.
I've had chickens for a number of years now, and presently have 6. 2 of them are marans, at least one of these lays the occasional good egg that float. Some of the don't just float, they bob high in the water like bouys. These eggs are no more than a few days old, and are perfectly edible. The shell is a slightly different texture and a slightly lighter shade than their normal eggs. You can feel that it's going to be a floater. The white is very thick and gloopy.

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post #44 of 46

Float test is a myth. 

 

My eggs are rarely last more than two or three weeks in my house and I was concerned when so many seemed to float. After hearing lots of confusing misinformation -- I found this from the USDA to should put everyone at ease. 

 

 

What does it mean when an egg floats in water?
An egg can float in water when its air cell has enlarged sufficiently to keep it buoyant. This means the egg is old, but it may be perfectly safe to use. Crack the egg into a bowl and examine it for an off-odor or unusual appearance before deciding to use or discard it. A spoiled egg will have an unpleasant odor when you break open the shell, either when raw or cooked.
 

 

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food-safety-education/get-answers/food-safety-fact-sheets/egg-products-preparation/shell-eggs-from-farm-to-table/CT_Index​

 

 

Bottom line: Your nose knows.  Crack all eggs into a small bowl and examine and sniff before it goes into the mixer or pan. 

post #45 of 46
I just filled a pot with eggs from my girls and 1 out of 30 floated. I noticed that it was the biggest egg and when I shook it, I could feel and hear the egg rattling back and forth a bit in the shell. I decided to crack it open and investigate. I didn't see or smell anything abnormal, but I did noticed that the whites spread out wide to fill the bowl. If I had wanted to fry it instead of boil it I'd never have questioned it's freshness. Could it just be that it came out of the chicken that way? I think I'll shake test eggs at the nest from now on just to see if it happens again. I sure have enjoyed my chickens this year and greatly appreciate this site. I have learned so much here. Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving everyone. 😉
post #46 of 46

I have always thrown out the floaters  :(  My bad !!

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