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How to tell how fresh an egg is

 Sometimes the dates aren’t going to tell you exactly what you need to know and that’s precisely how fresh they are 
 Because some recipes need really fresh eggs, here’s how to find out…
 Here is a container of water
 If you pop a fresh egg in, and it sinks and sits horizontally on the bottom, it’s really fresh
 If it tilts up halfway, then it’s not so fresh.
 If it sits up in a vertical position and floats, then it is really quite stale
 Now when they are broken out onto a plate, we can actually see the difference.
 A very fresh egg has a plump, rounded yolk that sits up proud
 It also has an inner, gelatinous ring around it
 And then an outer, thinner ring of white
 Fresh eggs are much easier to separate and are essential for poaching or frying
 Medium fresh means not such a distinctive double ring of white as you can see
 But these are fine for omelettes, scrambling and baking
 Stale looks like this, all flat and flabby, not much good for anything, and frying or poaching a complete disaster
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