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How to test if your eggs are fresh

The hidden nest - minus the eggs now safely tucked away in our fridge

The hidden nest – minus the eggs now safely tucked away in our fridge

One of the side effects of having free range chickens is that from time to time they will decide to engage in a little off piste laying. It’s not a major deal obviously, but you might find yourself wondering why your egg count has suddenly¬†decreased.

Such was the case for us recently. We have been getting one to two eggs from four hens that usually lay 3-4. After checking all the usual hiding places and finding nothing, I put it down to the recent heat.  But today I happened upon 7 eggs stashed behind an old gate.

In such circumstances you need a method of checking whether the eggs are still fresh. I remembered one I had heard about once which was to place the egg in a deep bowl of cold water – if it sinks, it’s fresh. If it floats it isn’t – something to do with the bacteria producing gas within the shell. I quickly tested them all and found they were fresh. Lovely, plenty of eggs for breakfast tomorrow.

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