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Here’s How to Tell If Your Eggs Are Fresh

Two eggs sit beside a full carton.
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While you’re probably diligent about monitoring the dates on meat and other perishables, the eggs in your fridge could be harder to monitor. If you have some in there and are wondering if they’re still good, there’s an easy way to check.

All you need to check the freshness of your eggs is some water. Just fill a glass with water and allow it to sit until it’s room temperature (make sure there’s enough water to fully submerge the egg).

Then, take the egg in question and carefully place it at the bottom of the glass. If it remains submerged, the egg is fresh. Eggs that tilt to the side or point upward are waning in freshness, and you should use them as soon as possible. Those that float have gone bad and should be tossed.

You might be wondering why you can’t just check the date on the carton, and that’s a good question. It’s because food expiration dates, unfortunately, aren’t always reliable. In fact, they can get pretty complicated.

Eggs often feature a sell-by date, but the tricky thing about that is it doesn’t necessarily mean the egg has expired. Rather, that’s just when a store should remove an item from the sale floor. Your food could very well still be good past this date, which is why you should check your eggs before tossing them in the garbage.

So, next time you want to make some perfect scrambled eggs and the sell-by date has passed, grab a glass of water to test before your toss.

[Via Well + Good]

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