It’s been a manic couple of weeks in our household, resulting in very unimaginative, what’s in the cupboard today, mix-it-all up meals. Today, there were some eggs lurking in the cupboard so omelettes (a Brooke family staple for many years!) were the obvious, quick & easy fix but I really wasn’t sure if they were ok to use or not.
I seem to have always known that if eggs float, they are no good but thought I’d look into eggs-axtly why? (sorry – couldn’t resist!)
Eggs are structured so that there is an air pocket at the wide end for air to collect. With fresh eggs, there is hardly any air in this pocket so when they are placed in a bowl of water they will sink down and sit at the bottom of the bowl. As they get older, the air pocket gets bigger because eggs are porous so air (good for developing chicks!) can easily get in.
Eggs standing up or kind of hanging around in the bottom half of the bowl of water will be ok but if they float to the top, hold your breath if you dare to crack it!
Delia gives some guidelines that ”if an egg sinks to a completely horizontal position, it is very fresh; if it tilts up slightly or to a semi-horizontal position, it could be up to a week old; if it floats into a vertical position, then it is stale.” She also recommends using eggs within two weeks and never over three! Oops! Never hurt us yet thank goodness!
Another question I’ve always wondered about and just looked up, is where the best place to store eggs is. Is the fridge best or not? Turns out, there is absolutely no difference between the two so that’s the end of that!
While looking around the www, I found this pretty cool looking experiment of how to get an egg into a bottle – think it’s definitely one to try! Please do let us know if you’ve tried it.