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How can you tell if an egg has gone bad?

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How long can you generally keep eggs?

How can you tell when an egg has gone bad? Is there a way to tell without cracking the egg open?

I've heard all sort of crazy suggestions like floating the egg in pot of water and depending on whether it sinks or floats it is suppose to be still good or gone bad. I don't remember which one is which.

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  1. If you suspend the egg in a pot of water and it floats, it's old. I don't know if it's bad, but the gas develops inside over time so it's not a good sign.

    Eggs keep for an amazingly long time if they're refrigerated. I know of some people who eat their eggs over months.

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    1. re: cheryl_h

      Thanks!

      I've kept eggs for over a month, cooked it out of desperation, and sat around waiting for the end to come. The end never came and so I've been testing fate ever since.

      But I think I'll stick to eggs that sink from now on.

    2. There are 3 types. Sink is good, stand on end or half floats is okay, totally floats is bad.