Eggs are a staple in getting a balanced diet. They are delicate, nutrient-packed and absolutely delicious when made properly. It is, however, essential to know when eggs are fresh, bad eggs are not pleasant even in the least bit, they smell foul and if consumed could cause food poisoning. That is part of the reasons we are going to explore in this article how to Tell if Eggs are bad in some simple steps.
Simple Steps To Tell if Eggs are Bad
Many people believe that they can simply use their nose to sniff out if an egg is good or bad, this is however not true because the nose could fail you. You could choose to rely on your eyes or checking the best-by date but they are not error-prove ways of knowing how fresh an egg is or if the eggs are Bad.
Because of the effects of consuming a bad egg, it is essential you try these tips. They don’t require much and you don’t need to waste your eggs to know if they are bad yet. These steps are:
- The Sinking or Swimming Test: this step is quite popular but still not known by many. As the name implies, it simply involves checking if an egg would sink or swim in the water. To do this you need to pour cold or room temperature water in a cup or bowl put the egg inside of the water. If the egg drops to the bottom of the cup or bowl and lays on its side then the egg is fresh, if the egg sinks to the bottom but stands at the bottom of the cup or bowl then the egg is not so fresh but it is not bad; you could still eat it. If the egg floats then you should dispose of that egg because it is bad and not edible. How this works is quite simple; it is based on the permeability of the eggshells, because they are semi-permeable air passes through them, once an egg is old it allows for more air to pass through it therefore it floats, fresh eggs don’t allow for so much air to pass through their shell, therefore, they don’t float.
- The Shaking Test: this step is quite simple, and effective, though not as effective as the sinking and swimming test. This step involves you holding the egg close to your ear and shaking it, shake it well enough to be sure if you can hear anything swishing inside. If you hear swishing sounds then the egg is most likely bad, the swishing sound indicates watery yolk which most times means the egg has already gone bad. When there is no swishing sound the egg is still fresh.
Sniffing: this test is quite basic, when you crack the egg if it doesn’t smell neutral then the egg is most likely bad. At this point, it is advisable that you toss it.