Testing an EGG for Freshness

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by ducks4you, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. ducks4you

    ducks4you Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 20, 2009
    East Central Illinois
    Have you ever heard of this!

    TIP: Testing an Egg for Freshness
    Put the egg in a pan of cold water. The fresher the egg, the sooner it will fall to the bottom; if rotten, it will swim at the top.
    –Roberts' Guide for Butlers & Other Household Staff, 1827
    (Got it from the Old Farmer's Almanac mailing )
  2. lilshadow

    lilshadow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 8, 2008
    Milaca, MN
    It works. I do this with my eggs, and the bad ones will float to the top.
  3. schmije

    schmije Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 25, 2008
    Peoria, IL
    Yes, it's true. And if the egg is old, but still good, it will sink and stand up on end.
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    Here are a few different tests for freshness.

    Egg freshness tests

    As an egg gets older, the egg loses moisture and the air sac gets bigger. After a while, the air sac is big enough that the egg floats. Also, if an egg is filled with active bacteria, the bacteria give off a gas and the egg will likely float.

    An egg that sinks is not 100%, absolutely, without a doubt good, but it is a great indication. An egg that floats is not necessarily unsafe to eat, but it is an indication it should be treated with some suspicion. As said in the link, make sure it is well cooked if you do decide to try it.
  5. momma's chickens

    momma's chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2008
    Yep, it works!

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