How do you tell if eggs have passed their etable time ?
I 've heard of putting them in cooll water.Are they supposed to float or sink?
Fresh eggs lay on the bottom and bad eggs lay on the top (float on their sides). If on end of the egg is sticking out of the water it is still good to eat, but need to be done soon. If it starts to lay over or is laying on its side when it floats, then do not eat it.
Good eggs usually sink atleast that whats I heard. Don't eat eggs that float. Just as Susan said they shouldn't be eaten if they float on their side.
Another way to tell would be when the eggs are cracked. The yolks of fresh eggs will stand up round and firm. Older egg yolks will lay flat and soft. If an egg is truly bad, you'll know as soon as you crack it. Eggs keep a surprisingly long time.
I don't worry about that. I buy a dozen fresh eggs every week, eat what I want for breakfast, and hard boil any left over from last week for sandwiches, salads and sauces. That way I never get an old one.
I always put them in water to see if they float or sink. If they float, chuck it out. It is sinks, it is fine to eat.
The answers given are good. The air or gas pocket at the large end of the egg gets bigger as the egg ages-- that is why older eggs float to the top in a pan of water, and the fresher eggs sink down moree. As was said, a little bit of the top of the egg shell comes to the top of the water it is ok.
When hard boiling eggs-- it is best not to use the newest laid ones. They are harder to peel because NO air pocket has formed.
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