How to Differentiate Between Fresh and Rotten Eggs

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Have you ever cracked open an egg only to discover it’s rotten? And worse, you cracked it into a bowl with some already cracked eggs? Yea, that’s what happened to me and I had to throw all eggs away. Aways, I learnt to tell fresh from rotten eggs and the processes are quite simple too. Here’s how you can tell the difference too.

1. The Bowl of Water Test
This test is pretty easy and you can get it done within minutes. You’ll need a bowl of cool water (room temperature, that is) and the egg in question. Drop the egg gently into the bowl and watch the outcome:

– If it sinks to the bottom lying on its side, its very fresh.

– If it sinks, but stands on one side of its bottom, its not quite fresh but still safe enough to eat.

– However, if it floats, then its spoilt.

2. Cracked Open
Crack the egg into a bowl and check condition of the yolk and egg white. Fresh egg will have a yolk that is compact and stays together, and an egg white that’s milky white. If the yolk is flat or breaks easily apart and the egg white, thinner, then the egg may be past its prime but still edible.

3. The Smell Test
This is the ultimate way to tell a bad egg from a good one,but it will cost you a few minutes’ sanity as you’d have to perceive the smell of rotten egg if it turns out to be bad.

Break the egg into a bowl and the smell which greets you tells the condition of your egg.