Find Out in 60 Seconds: How to Check the Freshness of Eggs in the Store or at Home

How to Check the Freshness of Eggs in the Store – Tips and Tricks

Upon approaching the counter, you should do a few things before you put the tray of eggs in your cart:

  • find the angle – eggs with a slightly raised blunt angle are definitely rotten;
  • do not see any damage – chipped or cracked eggs are not allowed;
  • assess the shelf life of eggs – they are fit to eat 30 days from the date of production;
  • shake the egg – if there is no extraneous sound, it means that the egg is fresh.

It is best to buy eggs from trusted suppliers, but you can get by with these four tips in stores. Also, experienced culinary experts advise buying eggs as close as possible to the farms where the chickens are raised – so the chance of buying a fresh product is noticeably higher.

How to check the freshness of eggs at home – three ways

If you have brought eggs home and you are still not sure of their quality or the product has been in the fridge for a long time and you are not sure it is safe to eat, do this:

  • shake the egg again – a steady lack of shaking sounds indicates that the product is safe to eat;
  • break the egg – the yolk should be convex and the white should be viscous and poorly gathered around the yolk;
  • place the eggs in the water-if they remain lying flat on the bottom, they are fresh.

Eggs in water can behave differently. For example, specimens that rise with a blunt angle upwards are eggs that are not first fresh but are still edible. Those eggs that have risen to the surface completely cannot be eaten – it is better to throw them away.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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