Tip From the Homestead #2 Just how fresh is that egg?

I’m not sure about anyone else but eggs are a big portion of my regular diet anymore. I eat roughly a dozen each week as breakfast and the occasional dinner depending on when the mood strikes. Breakfast foods for dinner is simple amazing.

So just how fresh is that egg your about to eat?

This question might have crossed your mind while shopping at the grocery store, farmers market,  or when you found that long lost carton of eggs in the back of the refrigerator.  I would imagine we have all had that happy moment when we found something we had forgotten about to quickly be followed by the thought “hold old is this” L.  The easiest way to figure how old your eggs truly are is with the float test.

Depending on the age of your eggs they will fall into one of 3 categories.  I like to call these layers, sitters and floaters. The basic idea behind the float test is that when you place an egg into a bowl of water depending on how it sits in the water will tell you it’s freshness.  Key points for the float test to work correctly.  The egg must remain uncracked, the bowl must be bigger than the width and height of an egg, and the bowl must contain enough water to cover the egg at its largest point

The egg pictured here is a layer. Noticed how it lays on it’s side just like it would on the counter. These egg came from a local family that sells their extra eggs and allows me to buy them cheaper than the grocery store or farmers market.

Layers – Extremely fresh eggs fall into the category of layers.  This means that when you place an egg in water that it will lay on its side against the bottom of the bowl. Think about how an egg lays on its side on the counter.  This is how it should look in the water to be a layer. These eggs are extremely fresh and there is a good chance you can also find a chicken nearby if you look closely.

Sitters – This is what you will find in most grocery store.  These eggs when placed in a bowl of water will sit on their end on the bottom of the bowl. These eggs are still fresh and edible but they might not taste as good as a layer.

Floaters – As they name states these eggs float when placed in water.  If they aren’t against the bottom of the bowl they fall into the floater category.  These eggs are old and should not be eaten.

The categories above are just a general rule of thumb.  In the end if you question an egg it’s best to just not eat it.  A few days spent sick or a trip to the doctor aren’t worth the few dollars you can save by taking a chance on an egg you don’t trust.

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