Eggs can be a great source of essential nutrients like protein and essential fats and can make a healthy meal. They also reduce the risk of birth defects and provide high-quality protein for growth, muscle strength and energy. However, eating a spoiled egg can result in severe damage to your health or even worse, food poisoning. Food poisoning is the most lethal experience one can go through, and chances get higher when bad eggs are consumed without checking for their freshness.
Testing for Bad, Spoiled, Rotten Eggs
You must be wondering that how can you know if eggs are bad without cracking them (to open) to find out. Well, the technique is simple and you can test the eggs' freshness without much ado. Here are the steps you can follow for testing eggs instead of going by the expiry date given on the packet.
Place the eggs into a pan dipping them in a water level more than their length. Now observe the movement in the pan:
- If they sink to the bottom of the pan; it means the eggs are as fresh as two three days.
- If they lie on the bottom but continue to move up and down, that means they are about one week old and can be consumed.
- Eggs which sink to the bottom balancing on their smaller end, while larger end touching for the sky are usually three weeks old. There is no harm in eating them.
- If the eggs continue to float on the surface of the water, that means they have gone bad and should not be consumed.
- You can also test the freshness of eggs by smelling them. Eggs older than three weeks are more prone to bacteria which break the outer shell of it and produce a gas, known as hydrogen sulfide.
- A blood like spot in the cracked open eggs should not be taken as bad or fertilized. It can be eaten safely or removed.