Keeping eggs fresh

How To Tell If An Egg Is Rotten

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
How To Tell If An Egg Is Rotten

We often plan to cook an omelette, a cake or any dish that requires eggs but when we open them up there's one that looks off, which affects the rest of the mixture and forces us to start again. At this time the same question always arises: how to tell if an egg is rotten? At we'll share with you this simple culinary trick.

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Steps to follow:


Remember that the fact that you've just bought the carton of eggs does not mean that they are fresh. So, it's always a good idea to check their condition by following these simple instructions.


The first step to tell if an egg is rotten is to fill at least half a bowl with water. It is better to use a deep one as it makes it easier to check the results.

How To Tell If An Egg Is Rotten - Step 2

Next, you should put the egg in and if it sinks quickly to the bottom in a horizontal position this means that it is very fresh so you can use it without fear.


However, if when you place the egg in the bowl, it sinks slowly and reaches the bottom in a vertical position, it means that it is still in good condition but should be consumed quickly, so don't wait a few days to eat it.


If instead of this the egg floats or does not sink completely, throw it away because it is rotten or off and is not fit for consumption.


You can also check its freshness on your plate: when you open the egg and the yolk and the white are firm and do not spread out it means that it is fresh. However, if both parts spread too much and the yolk loses its consistency it is not as "new" as you thought.

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