How To Tell If An Egg Is Good

Posted on May 19 2010 - 10:00am by Christine

Last week I was making cakes with one of my children. We had already cracked two eggs into the mixing bowl and were just adding the third when I realized that – horrors! – the egg was bad!

I had just broken one of my own golden rules in the kitchen – NEVER crack eggs straight into a bowl of ingredients, because if the egg is bad, then ALL of the ingredients are ruined. Instead, crack them into a separate, small bowl first.

But there’s actually a way to tell whether or not an egg is likely to be bad before you even open it… and if you (like us) have ever opened a rotten egg, then you’ll appreciate that the sight and smell of it are two experiences worth avoiding!

So here’s how to tell if an egg is good…

Simply place the egg into a bowl of cold water.

If the egg sinks to the bottom of the bowl and comes to rest lying on its side, then it is perfectly fresh and good to use.

If the egg floats around at the top of the bowl, then it is bad and should be discarded. It’s floating because the air pocket inside it – which is small in a fresh egg – has grown larger as the egg has aged and lost moisture.

But what if the egg sinks to the bottom, but is still somewhat upright instead of lying on its side?

Well, that’s an indication that – whilst not bad – the egg isn’t one hundred percent fresh either. It should still be absolutely fine to eat (as soon as possible) . The procedure in our house (when we remember to do the test at all!) is to have a good sniff and make sure that we can’t detect any hint of a bad odour. If there’s any doubt – throw it out… and it may be advisable to only use eggs that have passed the floating test with flying colours in your homemade baby food recipes, just to be on the safe side!

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  1. Siobhan June 3, 2010 at 2:27 pm -

    My son loves raw egg. Been eating cooked egg since 9 months old – then one day he was emphatic that he wanted to drink it so i gave it to him and since then he is not interested in cooked ones. I now mix it with some honey and water which is his daily egg nog. Good bad??

  2. Christine June 3, 2010 at 3:05 pm -

    How old is your son?

  3. Siobhan June 6, 2010 at 6:59 am -

    He was 2 in March.

  4. Christine June 6, 2010 at 8:07 am -

    Well, honey is OK now, but raw egg can be hazardous at any age – please see this post for more information about the risk of Salmonella poisoning from undercooked eggs.

  5. Leticia May 17, 2017 at 4:31 pm -

    Which months can my son start to eat egg

  6. Christine May 18, 2017 at 11:14 am -

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