The 5 ways to tell if your eggs are fresh – and one that REALLY works

WHEN it comes to knowing if your eggs are off or not, it can be difficult to tell.

You can’t do the usual sniff test to judge if they smell a bit dodgy, and the shell protects the inside to see if it looks a funny colour. 

The best way to tell is always look at the expiration date, but sometimes the egg might actually still be edible after that. 

Even though the use-by date on the side of the egg cartoon says they’ve expired, sometimes eggs stay fresh for much longer. 

One expert has revealed the ‘tried-and-truth’ method to test whether your eggs are still alright to use. 


There are just four simple steps to it, and anyone can do it. 

Firstly, you need to make sure you place the egg in a bowl of water. 

Then you need to notice if the egg lays on its side at the bottom. If it does, it is still quite fresh. 

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If the egg stands upright on the bottom, it is still fine to eat, but you SHOULD be eating it very soon, or hard-boiled. 

However, if the egg floats to the top, it means it is past its prime, and not good for eating. 

And some might ask why this method is accurate?

It is because eggshells are very secure.

Over time air passed through the shell into the egg and its shelf life diminishes as more air enters the shell. 

Also, the more air that enters the shell, the more light it becomes.  

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