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flo's avatar

What are the dimensions of the water container to test eggs fresh or not fresh?

Asked by flo (7477 points ) March 13th, 2014

“For a test just to see if the eggs are all right to use, dissolve 2 tablespoons salt in 2 cups cold water, then put the egg in the water. If it sinks, it’s good; if it floats, it’s too old.”
Whether container is too shallow or not would decide whether it would sink or not?

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Coloma's avatar

Well..I’d think that filling up the kitchen sink would be adequate but otherwsie, if you;re that concerned, use a plastic juice pitcher or blender.

livelaughlove21's avatar

The sell-by date on the carton is enough of an indicator for me, but use a big cup or large bowl to be safe if you feel you need this trick.

flo's avatar

I’m just being theorotical about it, it is really.

JLeslie's avatar

I’ve never added salt, I wonder what that is for? To increase buoyancy maybe?

It only needs to be deep enough that the egg has room to float. Either it sits on the bottom of the bowl/glass/pot or it doesn’t.

Coloma's avatar

As an ex poultry keeper, another very good indicator is yolk shape. Just crack one of the eggs, if the yolk goes flat and spreads out the egg is not at optimum freshness but still edible. Fresh eggs yolks are spherical, raised and do not flatten out upon cracking.

livelaughlove21's avatar

@Coloma And if they’re bad, you’ll spend the next hour getting that smell out of your house.

rojo's avatar

I would think the container would have to be big enough for the two cups of water to provide a depth of at least ⅔ the overall height of the egg and that one that made the depth the overall height of the egg would be better. Too shallow and you would not be able to discern any floating. 2 cups in a 2 quart pan would not give you adequate depth.

whitenoise's avatar

78 by 84 by 150 mm.

The uae of any other dimensions is at your own risk…

syz's avatar

Wait, what? Is this a joke? Shouldn’t it be in social?

flo's avatar

Thanks everyone. I was thiking if ever you have to watch your water consumption you just can’t waste any water. Like some people whose pipes have frozen etc.

flo's avatar

@Coloma since you are the poultry person I have been wanting to ask:
In addition to that, the lighter yellow of the yolk the fresher?
Another thing when boiling eggs, what do you put in the water if you don’t want the smell?

flo's avatar

…poultry keeper/expert.

Coloma's avatar

@flo Yolk color varies by diet and freshness, older eggs often have paler yolks, but old is not rotten.
Nothing to put in the water for smell, it is what it is. :-)
Fresh eggs right out of the chicken that have been fertilized can be kept at 55 degrees for weeks before starting the incubation process for those that incubate their own birds.
Commercially laid eggs are never fertile.

flo's avatar

Thank you @Coloma

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