Testing Egg Freshness

There are a number of ways to determine whether an egg is still consumable. This guide is about testing egg freshness.

Testing Egg Freshness
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Tip: Checking Eggs for Freshness

By lalala... 731 97

We have 2 chickens and the eggs can stack up quickly sometimes. We collect our eggs in a basket on the counter. Then when the basket gets full, we put them into a sink full of water (at least a few inches above the eggs) to check their freshness and clean them. We rarely have a bad egg that needs to be thrown away, but you can also find the ones that are the oldest and need to be used first.

It's very easy to tell (see photos below):

  • If it FLOATS, it's bad and should be thrown out.
  • If it STANDS ON END in the bottom of the sink, it's getting old and should be used first.
  • If it LAYS ON ITS SIDE, it's great and very fresh.

Checking Eggs for Freshness

Checking Eggs for Freshness

Checking Eggs for Freshness

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    Question: Shelf Life of Eggs

    By Roberta S. 5 1

    What is the latest that eggs kept in the refrigerator are safe to eat? I get rid of them by date stamped on the container. My neighbor says I'm throwing out perfectly good eggs.

    By R. Schober from San Antonio, TX

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    By Maryeileen 76 1,143 Flag

    September 26, 2011

    I also like to use the Still Tasty website:


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    Tip: Floating Eggs Are Too Old To Use

    By Sandy Bass 114 1

    With grocery prices rising almost daily, I am even more prudent in seeking even small ways to save. Tip: Don't throw away eggs just because the sell by date has passed. If you will fill a pot with water and put the eggs in, the ones which are still good will touch the bottom. The ones which fully float are no longer any good. I do this regularly and have seen good results in this procedure.

    Source: I have no idea where I learned this since I've been doing it for years.

    By Sandy from Elon, NC

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    Tip: Determine the Age of an Egg

    By Gary Dominicus 23 35

    You can determine the age of an egg by placing it in the bottom of a bowl of cold water. If it lays on it's side, it is fresh. If it stands at an angle, it is at least three days old and ten days old if it stands on end.

    By Gary from NJ

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    Tip: Testing Egg Freshness

    If you want to know if an egg is still fresh, put it in a bowl of salt water. If the egg floats or sits with the big end up, the egg is no good.

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