Our ladies are going through their first molt. So we're not getting nearly as many eggs as we were a few weeks ago which means our eggs sit on the counter longer than normal before we can accumulate a few dozen. So to make sure all of the eggs we give away and sell to friends are fresh, we do the "float test" when washing them.
Place eggs in a bowl or container of clean cold water. Eggs that float (white egg pictures) are no good – compost them or scramble them up (so long as they don't smell) and serve them to your chickens for a treat.
Eggs that turn on their side and sink to the bottom (brown egg pictured) are fresh. They will keep in the refrigerator for 4-6 weeks.
If the pointy top of your egg turns towards the bottom (green egg pictured), they're older eggs. Still good but if you don't eat them in the next couple weeks, they will spoil. These eggs are GREAT for boiling as there is more air inside the egg so the shell will peel away from the whites easily.
So a good idea would be to boil these and make pickled eggs or send boiled eggs to school with the kids for snack, etc. and keep your fresh eggs for breakfast and baking.
This is always a fun activity for Rue and I to do together. She loves finding the floating ones! Homeschooling families, this would be a fun science lesson!
Speaking of fun, go ahead and do the float test on your store bought or farmers' market eggs next time you get them just to see how "fresh" your eggs really are! You might be surprised by what you get and you might understand why that dozen of eggs was $0.79 at the grocery store!
Fellow homesteaders, do you float test your eggs before giving them away? What do you do with the eggs that float?
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