How To Test Your Eggs For Freshness

Nothing beats having fresh eggs. If you are in need of a quick dinner fix or want to add a little something to your ramen, eggs are the way to go. Having chickens at home, we add an egg to just about anything. Sometimes though, the eggs do not get used up right away and wind up getting mixed in with the new ones. This can be problematic in determining which ones are still good.

Whether you are using eggs from the coop or straight out of the carton, there is no date that tells you the eggs are good, or bad, like this test. As eggs age, they lose moisture. The shell of an egg is porous allowing more air to enter overtime. This test relies on the moisture content to determine the freshness. Grab a bowl, some water, and an egg to see just how fresh it is.

The Egg Test

Drop your egg in the bowl of water. It will do one of three things:

1. If your egg sinks, then it's fresh. The fresher the egg, the more dense it is. A sinking egg is a green light.

2. If your egg sinks, but the tip is pointing up, then it is 1-2 weeks old. It is not as fresh as a sinking egg that lays down on its side, but it can still be eaten. Be sure to eat it soon!

3. If your egg floats, toss it. A floating egg is a clear indicator it has lost moisture overtime. This egg has gone from good to bad. And nobody likes a bad egg!