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How to Check if Your Eggs are Fresh

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Keeping free range chickens is a great idea if you have a bit of garden to spare. But occasionally your little feathered friends can have a bit of an odd turn and decide to lay their eggs outside of the coup. They are very adept at finding a nice dry place completely out of sight in which to deposit their secret stash. This means that it can be a few days before you discover where the little darlings have been laying. If the weather is not to hot these eggs are perfectly fine to eat but there is always the chance that one of them was laid a lot longer ago than the two or three days. So how can you tell the good ones from the bad ones? Yes unfortunately they are not ready laid with a date stamp on! Well this is a simple little trick that can sort out your nice fresh eggs from your stink-bombs.
What you'll need: 
A deep bowl
Your clutch of randomly laid eggs
Firstly fill the bowl with cold water.
Then simply place your eggs one at a time into the water.
Watch carefully and you will find that some stay sunk to the bottom of the water and perhaps some will float to the surface.
Excuse the phrase, but ‘the ones you need to discard are your floaters.’
Put a date on the good ones with a white board marker or felt pen and add a question mark after it.
Use these eggs first, or in baking as they may not be quite as fresh as a daisy.
Just before you do use them you can try the same trick again just to make sure they are still fresh.
This is a simple test and can save you throwing away perfectly good eggs. It is also worth testing shop bought eggs or those bought at the roadside from time to time. I was once caught out with some free range, shop bought eggs - I cracked two perfectly good eggs into a bowl ready to make an omelette. The third unfortunately was rotten and stank terribly and ruined the whole thing… Unfortunately I had then run out of eggs! The moral is that it is always worth using this simple test on all your eggs if you do not know exactly how old they are.


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