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** How to Tell if an Egg is Bad **

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Tell if an Egg is Bad

Do you need to be able to tell if an egg is good or bad? Here are three
different tests.

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-Floating Test-

1. 1
*Place the egg into a bowl of cold water*. The water level should be about
2 times higher than the egg.

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*Observe what the egg does*.

· Fresh eggs will sink to the bottom of the bowl and probably lie on
their sides.
· Slightly older eggs (about one week) will lie on the bottom but bob
· If the egg balances on its smallest tip, with the large tip reaching
for the top, it's probably close to three weeks old.
· Eggs that float at the surface are bad and should not be consumed.

-Sloshing Test-

1. 1
*Hold the egg up to your ear*.

2. 2
*Shake the egg gently*.
3. 3
*Listen for sloshing*. If you can hear a distinct sloshing sound, it's best
not to consume the egg. If you can't hear anything, the egg is likely fine.

-Cracking Test-

1. 1
*Crack the egg on a flat surface, like a plate*.

2. 2
*Observe the yolk and albumen*.

· If the yolk is slightly globe-shaped and sitting high


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