Test­ing old eggs

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QI have some new hens that are roughly five months old. They started lay­ing a cou­ple of weeks ago, or so I thought un­til I stum­bled upon a stash of 20 eggs in the corner of the gar­den. Can I still eat the eggs or should I throw them away?

AJul­lie Moore says: To see whether an egg is still vi­able to eat, you can per­form the ‘float test’.

Sim­ply fill a clean, clear glass with warm water and gen­tly drop the egg in. Fresh eggs will sink and sit hor­i­zon­tally on the bot­tom. As an egg ages, the air pocket in­side the egg en­larges — this will cause one end of the egg to rise in the water. As long as one end of the egg touches the bot­tom, it’s still good to eat. Float­ing eggs are very old and are likely to have gone off — try shak­ing the egg, if you hear the con­tents slosh­ing around, it’s bad or crack the egg into a bowl to smell and see. But if there’s any doubt, throw it out!

Re­mem­ber, if you do a float test, you should use the egg straight away (if it’s vi­able) as the bloom (a thin, al­most trans­par­ent pro­tec­tive coat­ing put down

by the hen just be­fore an egg is laid) will have been washed off.

Good eggs will sink, bad ones will float

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