When it comes to telling if an item of food is fresh or not, it's easier said than done with eggs, whose shell exteriors rarely vary from the norm whether they're fresh or not.
Sometimes you don’t know if an egg is safe to eat until you’ve cracked it, or you might be inclined to throw away a whole box if you notice it’s a few days past its best before date.
Either way, it turns out that many of us are choosing to be pessimistic about the freshness of our eggs, as new research claims Brits throw away more than 720m eggs each year.
Here’s how to conduct the water test and find out if your eggs are in fact fresh enough to eat.
1️⃣ Gently drop your egg into a bowl of cold water
2️⃣ If it’s very fresh, it will sink to the bottom and lie on its side
3️⃣ If the egg is fresh but is nearing expiration, it will sink to the bottom of the bowl and sit upright
4️⃣ If the egg is not fresh, it will simply float
The British Egg Information Service (BEIS) explains why this is a reliable test for egg freshness on its website: “As the egg gets older, the size of the air sac increases, making it float.”
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