Is it safe to eat floating eggs?

In this brief guide, we will discuss the question, “is it safe to eat floating eggs?”. As well, we will discuss why eggs float in the water, how I can be sure if the floating egg is safe to eat, and other concerns about eggs.

Is it safe to eat floating eggs?

Floating eggs are only safe to consume when you have established that they have not gone bad – you do this by cracking the egg open in a bowl and checking for signs of spoilage. All eggs become more floating as they age. Fresh eggs have the tendency to be at the bottom, and old eggs may float because the air cell inside the egg becomes larger. 

According to the Egg Safety Center, eggs have the presence of an air cell inside them, which becomes bigger as they age and function like a buoyancy aid. Therefore, if the egg is floating in the water, this just means that the egg is older.

You can be sure if the floating egg is safe to eat if you crack them into a container and check it. If the cracked egg has no unpleasant smell and a normal appearance, this egg will be safe to eat. 

How can I know if an egg is spoiled?

Normal eggs have a specific fresh smell and when eggs are spoiled, they smell really bad and some of them can smell bad even if you have not cracked them. Below are some suggestions to know if the egg is spoiled. 

  • The mainly way to know if the egg is bad is by cracking them;
  • Another good way to know if the egg is bad is by smelling them;
  • Some spoiled eggs will smell bad even if there is no crack in their shell;
  • Eggs with cracks in their shell have more chances of being spoiled;
  • Eggs with tiny shells have more chances of being spoiled.

Do eggs smell bad even if they are cooked?

Yes, the eggs will still smell really bad even if they are cooked and you should throw them away, as they can cause foodborne illness if consumed, however, the eggs smell so bad, that you can’t even think about eating them.  

What are the signs of spoiled food according to the authorities?

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, spoiled food may have changed the appearance of the food in its color, fresh aspect, texture, odor, and taste. If you noted some of the signs of spoiled foods, throw them away to avoid foodborne illness. 

What is foodborne illness?

Foodborne illness can occur when humans eat food contaminated with microorganisms, chemicals, or spoiled food. The contamination of food can happen in any part of the manufacturing food, also in shipping, commerce, and at home. To know more, click here.   

How can I buy safe eggs?

You can buy safe eggs at the grocery store. When buying, you can check if the eggs are clean, if the shells are not cracked, and also look for the expiration date. It’s recommended to buy eggs that are kept in a refrigerator or refrigerated case, and also stored in the refrigerator.

How do I cook eggs?

It’s important to know that it’s not safe to eat raw eggs because you will have the risk of being sick and if you cook them properly will ensure a safe egg to eat. Below, I listed some tips for you on how you make hard-boiled eggs.

  • Fill in a pan with sufficient water so when you put the eggs they will be completely under the water and put it on a boil over average-high heat;
  • When the water boils, put the eggs there with the help of some slotted spoon, gently lowering them;
  • Now, decrease the heat to a boil and cook for 10 minutes;
  • After that, drain the eggs in a colander and put them in a dish of cooled water  till completely cooled;
  • If you are not going to eat right now, keep the cooked eggs in the refrigerator (40°F/4°C or colder) with a shelf life of one week.

What recipe can I do with eggs?

As the eggs are consumed worldwide, you will find many types of recipes with eggs. If you click here, you will find 40 recipes for eggs for midweek meals. 

Other FAQs about Eggs that you may be interested in.

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Is it safe to eat fertilized eggs?

Is it safe to eat raw eggs in Europe?

  

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we have discussed the question, “is it safe to eat floating eggs?”. As well, we have discussed why eggs float in the water, how can I be sure if the floating egg is safe to eat, and other concerns about eggs.

References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egg Accessed: 05/13/2022

https://eggsafety.org/floating-eggs-a-bad-egg-or-just-buoyant/ Accessed: 05/13/2022

https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/foodborne-germs.html Accessed: 05/13/2022

https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2016/03/25/protecting-your-family-food-spoilage Accessed: 05/13/2022

https://www.thepioneerwoman.com/food-cooking/cooking-tips-tutorials/a32108803/how-long-to-boil-eggs/ Accessed: 05/13/2022

https://www.fda.gov/food/buy-store-serve-safe-food/what-you-need-know-about-egg-safety Accessed: 05/13/2022

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.