I love eggs. Put me on an island with a limitless supply of eggs and an oven, I can survive. Those delectable omelettes or scrambled eggs with that flavourful aroma..
…oh my god! I right now feel like grabbing some eggs and running into the kitchen.
Ah alright. Don’t worry. I am not gonna go anywhere without telling you what I had promised.
Eggs are great food. Not an iota of doubt about that. They are by far the best sources of protein on the planet. They are affordable, and yet are packed with nutrients. Ask almost any fitness enthusiast or a star athlete what their prime diet consists of. I can bet my life that they would instantly spell eggs.
Most of us love eggs. We are so obsessed with them that we tend to include them in our daily breakfast. We buy them in bulk and store them in our refrigerators. But seldom do we realise that even eggs are food, and food gets spoilt over time.
So how can you test eggs and bin those spoilt eggs?
Here’s how. There are three tests basically. You can perform any one of these.
1. The Floating Test
This is the most common and the simplest test to determine the quality of eggs.
- Take a bowl of cold water and place the eggs in them. Ensure the level of water in the bowl is sufficient to submerge the egg completely.
- Observe what’s happening to the eggs. The fresh ones which are fit for consumption will sink to the bottom and lay there still. Eggs that are almost a week old too will go to the bottom, but they don’t stay still. They keep bobbing a little.
- If the egg is standing on its smaller tip, and the larger tip is heading towards the top, then we can say the egg is almost three weeks old. It may not be of the best quality, but still, consumable.
- The bad eggs float to the top right away. These are the ones that should be tossed into the garbage bin.
2. The Sloshing Test
This test is even simple.
- Hold one of the eggs near your ear.
- Holding it tightly, shake the egg in a gentle manner.
- This is when you got to keep your ears sharp. If you are able to hear a clear sloshing sound, then that’s a bad egg. In case you hear nothing then the eggs is fresh and can be consumed.
3. The Cracking Test
- Crack open the egg on a flat surface like a plate. Observe the yolk and albumin closely.
- A fresh egg will have its yolk in a slightly spherical fashion and would be sitting high. The albumin is thick and surrounds it.
- In case the yolk is sitting a bit lower and the albumin around is somewhere between translucent and transparent, the egg is not very fresh but can still be consumed. If the yolk is flat on the plate and the albumin is almost transparent like water, that’s a bad egg and you shouldn’t be eating it.
However healthy and nutrient-rich a food might be, if it is not consumed in time, it would go waste.
So in addition to preaching the health benefits of the foods we consume, let’s also throw some light on the quality and time of consumption. Because when you eat is as important as ‘what’ you eat and ‘how’ you eat. Isn’t it?
And oh yes, eggs are calling me! I got to hurry into the kitchen!