How to Test Eggs for Freshness

It's easy to find out if your eggs can be scrambled, fried, or used in a recipe - or if they need to be tossed in the trash.

You will need

  • Cold water
  • A large bowl
  • And eggs

Step 1 Prepare your testing bowl Fill a large bowl with cold water and set it on an even surface.

Step 2 Drop your eggs in the bowl Gently place the eggs in the water and wait a few seconds to see if they sink or float.

Step 3 Remove the eggs that float Remove and discard any eggs that float. As they age, eggs lose moisture and carbon dioxide, which causes shrinking and increases the air space inside the shell, making them float.

Step 4 Look for eggs that are tilting upward Eggs that sink but stand up straight are still edible but nearing the end of their shelf life. Set these aside for immediate use.

Step 5 Cook or store sinking eggs Eggs that sink to the bottom of the bowl are very fresh! They can be used immediately, or placed back in the refrigerator to use another time.