How To Know If Your Eggs Are Fresh

This fool-proof trick will provide the answer

Eggs are the best invention ever. They’re always in the fridge, they’re dead easy to cook and they’re packed with protein. The only downside – it can be hard to know if they’re past their use-by date.

“Unlike other ingredients eggs are very secretive about how fresh they are,” says The Living Room chef Miguel Mastre. “They always look the same no matter how old they are.” Good thing there’s a sneaky way of testing the freshness level. It goes like this …

The Fresh Egg Test
  1. Fill a bowl or glass with cold water and carefully place in the egg.
  2. If it sinks to the bottom and lays flat on its side, it’s very fresh.
  3. If it’s a few weeks old but still good to eat, it’ll sink to the bottom and stand on one end.
  4. If the egg floats, it’s most likely off. "If that happens it's not fresh at all. Do not eat it," warns Miguel.
Did You Know?

The best way to store fresh eggs is in their original carton in the fridge.

Store eggs round side down in the carton. “This helps prevent moisture loss, but also stops eggs from absorbing other flavours in the fridge through their porous shells,” says Miguel.

Only clean, uncracked eggs should be stored. Dirty eggs are still okay to eat, but do use them immediately.

Avoid the temptation to wash eggs. This removes the outermost coating or ‘surface bloom’ which keeps out bacteria and dust, making it more susceptible to attack by microbes.

If you require room temperature eggs for cooking, take them out of the fridge up to an hour before use. This will allow for adequate warm-up time, says Miguel.