Good Egg, Bad Egg

by Merissa on April 10, 2012

in Frugal Living Tips, Tips

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Ever wondered how long that carton of eggs has been in the back of your fridge? Or maybe you found a couple extra eggs hiding in a back coop nest and you are wondering if they were layed yesterday or last week. Here's how to figure out if the eggs are still good or if it's time to toss.

Grab a bowl and fill it with about 4 inches of water. Drop the eggs carefully in the water.

If the egg sinks to the bottom, it's still fresh.

If the egg slightly tips one end up, it's still fresh but needs to be used sooner.

If the egg floats, it's time to toss it.

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1 Bette Lee April 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm



2 Teri April 10, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Thanks for this tip – with my girls, it’s very helpful!!!


3 Alicia Merifield Binder April 10, 2012 at 1:32 pm

of course!


4 Mel Free April 10, 2012 at 1:41 pm

When I was boiling them for Easter, I could tell 2 of them were not as fresh, but I used old eggs so I could peel them such luck..all of them wouldn’t peel without taking the whites with them..grrrrr


5 alex April 10, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Put salt in your boiling eggs!!


6 Khris September 10, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Lots of salt, like pour it in, not shake a little.


7 HeritageCake Art April 10, 2012 at 3:16 pm

When you put them in cool water if they FLOAT to the top they are rotten!!!! If they sink and STAY on the bottom they are good!!!!


8 Susan McClellan Plotts April 10, 2012 at 5:24 pm

I will recommend Carla Emery’s Encyclopedia of Country Living for information like that and SOOOOOOOOOO much more.


9 Donna Akridge April 10, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Thanks for sharing this, I shared it on “Sharing Tips from others” because people should know how to determine a good egg from a bad egg.


10 barb April 18, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Thanks, i had so many eggs in my fridge i didnt know which ones were fresh or old, omg, this was so helpful, now i use a label maker for my eggs based on how they float. 😉


11 July 27, 2013 at 5:03 am

I’m trusting that this works. I’ve got 4 eggs that are 15 days past expiration and all 4 of them dropped like a rock to the bottom of a large bowl I set up. Here’s to no food poisoning!


12 Merissa July 27, 2013 at 5:51 am

It always worked for me!


13 DJ May 26, 2014 at 12:43 pm

This is incorrect. Eggs found at the back of the coop that have started incubation will sink in water. Eggs that are a few days old with weak porous shells will dry out faster and float. Good solid shelled eggs that have been in the fridge for three months will sink. Eggs that are rotten will sink, as they have mixed in the air space.


14 Helen Thomas January 9, 2015 at 1:30 pm

Brilliant tip, thanks!


15 Richard Jimenez April 23, 2016 at 4:56 am

Thank you for your share I didn’t know I will try it


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