Monday, 12 May 2014

How to tell if an egg is safe to eat?

Eggs are a great source of healthy protein and an integral ingredient in recipes from cakes to omelettes, they are a cupboard must have. But if you can’t get through a pack a week, how can you tell if an egg is safe to eat after you’ve bought the pack a while ago???

I had this question when returning from the honeymoon. I had a pack of eggs that had been sitting there for three weeks, with no obvious use by date, so no idea whether they are ,safe to eat.

how to tell if these eggs are safe to eat???

After a quick google, it’s actually very very easy to tell whether an egg is safe to consume or not. All you need is a bowl of water!!!

Place your culprit egg into a large bowl of cold water, with the water level about two times higher than the egg’s length...

simply pop into water and watch...

If the egg sinks…it is fresh!

If the egg lies on the bottom, but bobs a little... it's about one week old

If the egg balances on the smaller end of the egg…it is about three weeks old

If the egg floats… do NOT eat. This is a bad egg!

this one is fresh! 

So how does this float test prove if the egg is safe to eat?
As the egg gets older, the air pocket inside the egg becomes larger. This is because the egg is losing both moisture and CO2.

It really is that easy!!!
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Ps, worried about those ‘blood spots’???

What are they? Does it mean the egg is unsafe to eat?

Totally safe, it doesn’t mean that the egg has gone off or is fertilised. It’s simony caused by a ruptured blood vessel. Wince blood spots are diluted the older the egg gets, blood spots actually demonstrate a healthy fresh egg. You can eat it but feel free to also remove it before eating

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