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Lady_Tenar Dec 17, 2011 06:55 PM

I have 3 eggs in my fridge that are a few days past their date and I want to hard-cook them. I did the floating-in-water test with them--they "stand on end" in the water but still stay at the bottom of the pot, not floating. Do you think they are okay?

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    Cathy Dec 17, 2011 06:58 PM

    yes

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      Robinez Dec 17, 2011 07:07 PM

      I do that test also. Mainly because I gather my eggs from my Aunt's house and there is always a chance that an egg was damaged and can't be seen with the naked eye. If an egg float's, it indicate's air in the egg and it should immediately be discarded.

      I am curious why you think that they should float in the pot? I would immediately throw out any eggs that floated in the pot, too. Actually, if you are already boiling them you could drop the first step and just do the water in the pot test :-)

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        Lady_Tenar Dec 17, 2011 07:20 PM

        I DON'T think they should float in the pot. If they floated, I would have thrown them away. My concern was that they didn't sink enough, since they were standing on their ends at the bottom, which very fresh eggs don't do. My hunch was that they're fine, and others seem to agree.

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          Robinez Dec 17, 2011 11:40 PM

          I appologize.

          When you said that the egg's "stand on end" in the water but still stay at the bottom of the pot, not floating" ,

          I assumed that you were concerned why they were still staying at the bottom of the pot and not floating.

      2. pikawicca Dec 17, 2011 07:10 PM

        yes

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          sweetpotater Dec 17, 2011 10:28 PM

          I never look at the date on my eggs and they're always okay.

          1. butzy Dec 17, 2011 10:42 PM

            Yes, they are fine, especially if you hard boil them!

            if they float they should be thrown

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