If you aren't sure how fresh your eggs are, here's an easy way to test them.
Difficulty Level: Easy Time Required: 1 minute
- Fill a deep bowl or pan with enough cold tap water to cover an egg.
- Place the egg in the water.
- If the egg lies on its side on the bottom, the air cell within is small and it's very fresh.
- If the egg stands up and bobs on the bottom, the air cell is larger and it isn't quite as fresh.
- If the egg floats on the surface, it it should be discarded.
- 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.
- 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.
- Store eggs in the refrigerator small end down in their original carton.
- Eggs which are a week or so old are easier to peel than very fresh eggs when cooked in the shell.