I always check the date on the carton. But occasionally, unsure, I wonder, “Is this a bad egg?” and do the Egg-Water Test. Still, even if all signs point to fresh, I’ve wondered. The first rule of thumb is “When in doubt, throw it out.” (Why put your health in jeopardy?) But how do you know when you have a bad egg?
In the back on my mind, however, I keep remembering, “If you have a bad egg, you’ll know it.” So far, I have never really known for sure so I’ve been a bit skeptical. Really? I will? How can you be so sure?
Flipping through the many pages of my extensive cookbook collection, I searched for the answer to this question. However, I keep reading the same information over and over again. Turning to the Internet, I only find the same advice: The water test is the best way to determine freshness.
If you are not familiar with the Water test, here you go:
- Place and egg in a bowl of water. If it sinks, it’s fresh.
- If the egg floats, it’s not fresh. It’s as simple as that.
Is this the only way to tell if you have a bad egg? I got the answer on Saturday.
WARNING: At this point, I feel it necessary to add a warning to this blog post. If you’re at all disturbed by the gruesome details of rotten food, please do not read further and DO NOT view the photo.
So, while making Pain Perdue on Saturday morning, I began cracking eggs into
a mixing bowl to make the custard. The first one was lovely and fresh.
Now the second egg… (OK, I warned you: Do not read any further if you are
disturbed by rotten food.) I cracked the egg on the counter and as I pulled apart the shell and the egg begins to fall into the bowl, I realize… “OMG! BAD EGG, BAD EGG! I have a BAD EGG!
I think I actually gasped a little after cracking it. The first thing that hit me was the odor. The egg had a very pungent smell of spoiled chicken. The second thing I noticed was that the egg was red and slightly bloody. And the last thing I noticed, and probably the most disturbing thing about this bad egg encounter was..
(I’ve warned you. If you continue to read, I cannot be held accountable for your reaction.)
..the little embryo thing attached to the yolk that looked like a piece of raw chicken meat.
“Oh my,” I thought. “Never in my entire life have I ever seen anything like this. I knew right away that it was a bad egg.
As the shock began to wear off, I found myself running upstairs to grab my
camera. “What a great blog post,” I thought, “and a perfect addition to The Soufflé, our blog’s cooking flops and failures section.
After snapping a few shots, I picked up the phone and called Karen to tell her
what had happened. We were all ‘GROSS’ but eventually, we both laughed it off.
Whenever you find yourself in a quandary over the freshness of eggs, do the
Water test. If it floats, throw it out. Always crack your eggs in a separate bowl, just in case. And most importantly, if it smells bad or shows any signs of blood, it’s a bad egg.
I’m now a true believer that when you get a bad egg, you’ll know it.