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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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