How to tell if eggs are bad: 4 easy ways to see if your eggs are past their best

Telling if your eggs are bad can be an issue. Unlike most foods where it’s pretty clear if they’re past their best from a quick whiff or through their appearance, eggs can prove more challenging. It’s all too easy to leave eggs out and to forget when you first bought them. Here are four simple ways to check your eggs are still good.

Eggs are a kitchen staple they can keep for weeks and make for a quick and easy meal.

Over time the quality of your eggs will decrease as the air pocket inside them grows and the whites become thinner.

An egg will finally become unsafe to eat which it starts to decompose.

Despite this sometimes it can be hard to tell if an egg is fresh enough to eat once cracked open.

How can you tell if your eggs are bad?

Check the best before date

This is an obvious one, your eggs will come with a best before date on their original packaging.

This will indicate the time you should consume them by to ensure they are fresh enough.

Don’t worry if you have thrown away the packaging there are plenty of other ways to tell if your eggs are still good.

The float test

This is a popular test for a reason, it’s one of the most reliable ways to tell if your eggs are old.

Simply fill up a bowl with water and carefully put the egg in.

If it sinks it should be fresh enough to eat if it tilts upwards or floats throw it out as it is too old.

It should be noted this test won’t necessarily show if an egg is bad, an egg can still be bad even if it sinks.

If you are still in doubt as to whether or not your egg is good there are plenty of other ways to check.

How to tell if your eggs are bad by sight

Inspect your eggs, check their shells aren’t cracked, slimy or powdery.

This can indicate harmful bacteria has developed and these should be thrown out straight away.

If the shell appears and normal then crack the egg into a clean white bowl, look for any discolouration as this could show bacteria growth.

The sniff test

The presence of bacteria can also be identified through smelling your egg.

Do this while the egg is in its shell and once you have cracked it open if it pongs throw it out.

Should you keep your eggs in the fridge or in a cupboard?

This question divides many Britons some swear by keeping eggs in the fridge to improve their shelf life whilst others will always keep them at room temperature.

The key to keeping eggs fresh is to keep them at a constant temperature, eggs don’t tolerate frequent temperature changes.

This means you can keep them in a cupboard if your room temperatures remain constant or on the middle shelf of your fridge.

You should never keep them in the fridge door according to Good Housekeeping.

Although many fridges have egg compartments in their doors this is actually the worst place to put them.

According to Good Housekeeping, the door is the warmest part of the fridge and it’s also the most susceptible to temperature fluctuations.