Mum shares tip for checking eggs are safe to eat, even if they're brand new

Mum shares tip for checking eggs are safe to eat, even if they're brand new

11/15/2020

A mum has shared her tip for making sure eggs purchased from the supermarket are fresh, even if they’re bought recently.

The woman, from Western Australia, had a simple hack to test eggs that had an expiry date of November 25, which she bought yesterday.

Upon checking – by floating an egg in a bowl of water – the mum was shocked to realise that her eggs weren’t fresh, despite being 15 days away from their expiry.

She used the floating trick: where old eggs will float to the top of a container of water and fresher ones will remain at the bottom.

Eggs that are a week old will tilt at an angle, pointy end downwards while ones that are two to three weeks old will sit upright, with the pointy end touching the bottom of the bowl.

If you’re wondering about the science of it all, the floating is due to a large air cell that forms as the egg cools after being laid.  

As the egg gets older, air enters it and the air cell becomes larger and this acts as a buoyancy aid.

Freshness can also be affected by tiny hairline cracks on the egg’s shell, that you might not be able to spot with the naked eye.

After the woman shared her tip on Facebook group Mums Who Bake and Cook, some people said they had already known about the method.

Others were shocked and said they didn’t think to check recently purchased batches.

The mum wrote on the post: ‘This is why I check my eggs every time. The best before date is November 25 and I would have no idea by looking at it. It’s not ok’.

Some mums commented saying they always tried the test.

One person wrote: ‘I always float check my eggs within a week of the date on the carton. I did today with three eggs with a best before date of November 17. All stood pointing up but sunk – phew.’

Some pointed out that supermarket eggs can already be a few weeks or even months old by the time they get to your house.

One person commented: ‘The eggs in store are nearly always a few months old. I have chickens so we get our own eggs and we are eating eggs from early October that taste so much fresher than anything we have ever bought from the shops’.

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