How to test your eggs for freshness

March 4, 2012


I’m a baker so I use eggs like women change outfits before going on a first date so I rarely have to test my eggs but this little trick is a lifesaver if you are not sure whether your eggs are still fresh or not!

Easy enough; take a deep bowl ( about 4 inches deep)  and fill it with water. One at a time, put your eggs in the water. If they sink quickly to the bottom and lie on their sides, they are still very fresh. If they stand straight in the water but still touch the bottom, they are not as fresh but still can be used (I don’t suggest to use them in pastries or any baked goods though). If they float on top of the water, it’s a no go so throw them out.

As easy as that!

  • Lyn @LovelyPantry

    This is good to know! Thanks for sharing!

  • Alex – I Adore Food!

    My pleasure:)

  • maryam

    this is so helpful, thanks alex!

    we have a bunch of hens and that means a lot of eggs, far too many actually, so we store them in the basement and try to eat the older ones before getting to the fresher ones. the other day my host mom accidentally mixed the boxes of eggs..needless to say we have had some unpleasant culinary experiences.

  • Alex – I Adore Food!

    Thanks Maryam! Hope this helps and you don’t have anymore of those :)

  • Sami

    And now the science: Myth says when egg gets older, it loses fluids due to evaporation through porous shell and gets more air inside. While it is true the shell is porous, the rest is not the cause. There’s sulfur in the white. Over the time bacteria breaks down the proteins of the white and produce hydrogen sulfide. This is the stuff that smells bad and is, well, gas. More gas, more buoyancy, more rotten egg smell.

  • Alex – I Adore Food!

    Thanks Sami!