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How To Tell if Eggs Are Fresh



Eggs in a Saucepan

Photo: Diana Rattray

If you aren't sure how fresh your eggs are, here's an easy way to test them.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 1 minute

Here's How:

  1. Fill a deep bowl or pan with enough cold tap water to cover an egg.
  2. Place the egg in the water.
  3. If the egg lies on its side on the bottom, the air cell within is small and it's very fresh.
  4. If the egg stands up and bobs on the bottom, the air cell is larger and it isn't quite as fresh.
  5. If the egg floats on the surface, it it should be discarded.
  6. A very fresh egg out of the shell will have an overall thick white which doesn't spread much and the yolk will stand up.
  7. Grade AA eggs are the highest grade available. They cost more than other grades, but may be a good choice because of their high quality and longer shelf life.


  1. Store eggs in the refrigerator small end down in their original carton.
  2. Eggs which are a week or so old are easier to peel than very fresh eggs when cooked in the shell.

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