Ways To Know If The Egg Is Fresh

By: Padmapreetham Mahalingam
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You have decided to make an egg curry for lunch however, looking at the package of the eggs won’t tell you whether it has gone bad. There is nothing worse than spoiling your curry with bad eggs.

Usually the eggs stays in the fridge for weeks at a time and it can be a little hard to determine the freshness of it. It is easier to determine when the food in your refrigerator gets stale and we usually recognise this through foul odour or you can check for mold.

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Your eyes and nose are the reliable instruments to easily determine the freshness of meat or herbs yet you can't actually use your senses when it comes to testing an egg before you crack it.

So what are the ways to know if your egg is fresh? There are a couple of ways to test an egg to see whether it is good to consume or not.

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White Colour
How to tell if your eggs are fresh? The freshest eggs would have a cloudy white colour. And when the egg ages the white starts to become a clear colour (which actually means the egg is still fresh).

On the other hand instead of white if the egg has a pinkish or iridescent colour and slight rotten smell after cracked means your egg has gone bad. If you break an egg and you begin to smell something rotten be sure to throw it away and certainly not use them for cooking.

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Floating Test
One of the other interesting ways to know that your egg is fresh is trying the floating test. Make sure to place the egg in a bowl of cold water. The water level needs to be 2 times higher than the egg.

Most fresh eggs would sink into the bottom of the bowl and would in all probability lie flat on the sides. A fresh egg would sink while the older egg will float. The egg that sinks is perfect for poaching and soufflés.

Moreover older eggs will lie on the bottom and would try to bobble slightly. Eggs that tend to hover at the surface are bad and should never be consumed. They are never fresh enough to eat.

If the egg stand on end at the bottom of the bowl that means that it is few weeks old but is still good enough to eat.

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Sloshing Test
To test uncracked eggs try to hold an egg up to your ear and shake it slightly to test for freshness. If you hear a distinct sloshing sound coming from inside the egg then it probably means that the egg has gone bad.

However, if you hear nothing then it is fine to consume. This is an interesting way to know if the egg is fresh.

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Crack The Egg
Try to crack the egg on a flat surface-- plate. In case the yolk is slightly globe shaped and is settled closely around it then the egg is fresh and safer to consume.

On the other hand, if the egg yolk is settled a bit lower and albumen (white of an egg)is quite clear however it is staying closer then you can be sure that the egg is bit older. Yet it is good and safer to eat.

If the yolk is flat and the white (albumen) is almost like water (runny) then it clearly means you egg is rotten. These are some of the ways on how to tell if your eggs are fresh.

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Story first published: Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 23:28 [IST]
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