floating hard boiled eggs???
- d2u Nov 2, 2004 08:26 AM
I boiled a dozen eggs this morning. They were all from the same carton, and were not purchased that long ago. When I put them in the cold water, one of them floated. I have never had that happen before, and seem to remember that that means it is old or bad, so I tossed it. After boiling them, I found three more floating. They also were cracked with egg seeping out of them. What is going on with these eggs? I took out the floating eggs, but are they bad too? I have made a lot of boiled eggs in my life and have never had this happen, what is most likely wrong with them? Thanks...Dawn
As eggs get older their air cell gets larger, so the older they get, more air, until they float. Although you may not have had the carton a long time, eggs are frequently stored for weeks by supermarkets and wholesalers. I throw out the floaters--they may not be rotten, but they are stale. And if they are rotten, I really don't want to open it up, boiled or not. One time I threw out a batch of boiling eggs because they were floaty and distinctly odiferous. I had to take the trash out immediately.