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Sat Oct 27, 2012, 12:27 PM

How to tell if your eggs are fresh

From the Homesteading/Survivalism Facebook Page:

How to Tell if an Egg is Bad

Place the egg into a bowl of cold water. The water level should be about 2 times higher than the egg.

Fresh eggs will sink to the bottom of the bowl and probably lie on their sides. Slightly older eggs (about one week) will lie on the bottom but bob slightly.

If the egg balances on its smallest tip, with the large tip reaching for the top, it's probably close to three weeks old. Eggs that float at the surface are bad and should not be consumed.

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Reply How to tell if your eggs are fresh (Original post)
1monster Oct 2012 OP
justiceischeap Oct 2012 #1
Aerows Oct 2012 #3
DainBramaged Oct 2012 #4
avebury Oct 2012 #14
etherealtruth Oct 2012 #17
Aerows Oct 2012 #2
pinboy3niner Oct 2012 #7
TalkingDog Oct 2012 #13
BlueToTheBone Oct 2012 #5
brewens Oct 2012 #6
Motown_Johnny Oct 2012 #8
1-Old-Man Oct 2012 #9
TalkingDog Oct 2012 #16
DollarBillHines Oct 2012 #29
Sekhmets Daughter Oct 2012 #10
1-Old-Man Oct 2012 #20
Sekhmets Daughter Oct 2012 #21
Igel Oct 2012 #22
Sekhmets Daughter Oct 2012 #25
upi402 Oct 2012 #28
Neoma Oct 2012 #11
WinkyDink Oct 2012 #12
ThoughtCriminal Oct 2012 #15
Zoeisright Oct 2012 #18
oneshooter Oct 2012 #19
PotatoChip Oct 2012 #23
Kingofalldems Oct 2012 #24
OffWithTheirHeads Oct 2012 #26
nolabear Oct 2012 #27
Skidmore Oct 2012 #30
gkhouston Oct 2012 #31

Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 12:28 PM

1. This should probably be in the lounge, but thanks

I've got two eggs I need to test.

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Response to justiceischeap (Reply #1)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 12:31 PM

4. More people see it here, how unfair to be so judgmental

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Response to DainBramaged (Reply #4)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 12:42 PM

14. Agree!

Not everyone checks on the cooking thread but most people cook eggs.

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Response to justiceischeap (Reply #1)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 12:48 PM

17. Nah, this is actually good "public service" info

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 12:29 PM

2. Cool tip

 

Cooking and baking would probably appreciate this. I like egg salad and this sounds like a good tip to make sure I don't boil a bad one

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Response to Aerows (Reply #2)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 12:36 PM

7. And just in time for Halloween!












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Response to Aerows (Reply #2)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 12:41 PM

13. The older the egg the easier it peels when boiled. So use the less fresh ones.

fyi

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 12:32 PM

5. Last one in is a rotten egg!

Childhood taunt.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 12:35 PM

6. Nice to know. I love hard boiled eggs and I always start them off that way. I didn't

realize I was testing their freshness. Even after I've had them a week or more, I've never had one do anything but lie on it's side. That must mean mine are always pretty fresh when I buy them.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 12:36 PM

8. if you crack it open and it smells like rotten eggs....

 

Eggs stay good for a very long time if kept refrigerated.


One old trick is to turn them over every day or so.

For some reason, forcing the yolk to move through the white helps preserve the egg. I don't really understand this but I trust the people who have told me this works.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 12:37 PM

9. Almost all of the eggs you buy are months old before they hit the shelves anyway

We used to keep chickens and sell eggs. Its a royal pain in the ass. People still do it though and we buy our eggs fresh from a guy down the road when the hens are laying. Sooner or later he'll quit too, and then we'll find someone else to buy them from. Somebody's always raising chickens.

Anyway, if you want fresh eggs that's the only way to get them. The ones sold in grocery stores are kept in cold storage for ages. It doesn't make much difference though, other than in the ability to peel them if they are boiled - old eggs peel much easier.

And that's about all I know about eggs, other than if you plan to go into the chicken business you could do a lot worse than Rhode Island Reds or Barred-Rocks; pretty hardy birds that lay well and also produce good meat if you are so inclined.

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Response to 1-Old-Man (Reply #9)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 12:45 PM

16. You are correct sir. And they are likely to be oldest at Easter because

producers will hold back eggs for the upcoming holiday.

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Response to 1-Old-Man (Reply #9)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 07:22 PM

29. Not here. I know a guy who has a million laying hens.

Maybe if one shops at Safeway (where I buy cat food and litter), but all of our other markets (all two of them) carry only local eggs.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 12:38 PM

10. I thought any eggs purchased from a grocery chain were already a couple of weeks old

so is this 1 to 3 beyond that?

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #10)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 03:10 PM

20. Actually its more like 4~6 months

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Response to 1-Old-Man (Reply #20)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 03:41 PM

21. Yikes!

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #21)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 05:26 PM

22. And yet it doesn't matter.

The "lying/standing in water" business only works because of air inside the shell. If there's not much air, the egg lies flat. There's a lot of air, then it stands up on the end where the air pocket is. (And if the air pocket is half-way, then the egg will rotate so that end's highest.)

But if there's air in the egg after a few weeks when there wasn't hardly any when the egg was laid, then you have to ask what made way for the air.

Answer: Water.

Next question: What makes water evaporate faster or slower?

Answer: Temperature and relative humidity.

So if you get the egg out from under the hen or from among your mint and it's been there for a few days, it's likely to have lost some water. A week or three in your ice box or fridge and it's going to lose more water. This test works.

If you want to keep your eggs for months, then you need to keep them very cold (but not freezing) and you need to keep them in a really humid space. Then almost no water evaporates. Until you get it home.

Then this test fails.

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Response to Igel (Reply #22)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 05:37 PM

25. Thanks for the science lesson!

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Response to 1-Old-Man (Reply #20)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 06:58 PM

28. Thanks, we buy clearance eggs

We always cook them well. My wife says the old ones peel easier when hard boiled too. She grew up on duck eggs.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 12:38 PM

11. I think the standing ones are really more good to bake with.

The sinking ones better for omelets and all that.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 12:40 PM

12. I was really hoping for "If it splats when it hits Paul Ryan, ....."

 

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 12:44 PM

15. How do you know it's a witch?

Works the same!


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Response to ThoughtCriminal (Reply #15)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 01:00 PM

18. It's a fair cop!

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 01:19 PM

19. My hens generally tell me if it is fresh.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 05:30 PM

23. Who knew?



Cool tip. Thanks!

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 05:32 PM

24. You learn something new every day, thanks!

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 06:47 PM

26. Note: the same methodology works on witches! If it floats, it's a witch!

 

Just ask any fundy.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 06:48 PM

27. What about sperm? If it just floats, it's dead?

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 07:24 PM

30. Does this work with politicians as well?

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 07:44 PM

31. Why doesn't it say, "If it floats to the top, take it to a Romney rally."

Oh, right. 'Cause there's no way you could lose yourself in the "crowd".

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