What do bad eggs taste like?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question, “What do bad eggs taste like?”. We will further elaborate on how we can identify the bad eggs and how we can store eggs.

What do bad eggs taste like?

Bad eggs have a terrible taste with an unpleasant sulfuric smell. Eggs go bad mostly because of the presence of bacteria in the eggs. 

To avoid this, refrigerate eggs at 40℉ or less. It is even better to keep eggs in their original cartons on an inside shelf of the refrigerator, rather than the door.

How to check eggs if they have gone bad?

Some of the methods by which you can check eggs have gone bad are described below:

Check the expiration date

You should check the expiration date. But sometimes, eggs could be good to use even after the expiry date if they are stored in cold places.

Conduct a sniff test 

The sniff test is one of the oldest and easiest methods to check eggs. Eggs that have gone bad will give an unpleasant and sulfuric smell which will be unbearable.

Complete a visual inspection 

In addition to smell, you should prefer your eyes to examine and inspect the egg thoroughly. If the eggs have gone bad they would have a crack in the shell which indicates the passage of bacteria.

Perform a float test

Another method for determining if an egg has gone bad is the float test. Place your egg carefully in a container of water to conduct the float test. The egg is good if it sinks. It is bad if it floats. 

This is because as the egg ages, the little air pocket within an egg gets larger when water is removed and replaced by air. The egg might float if the air pocket gets big enough.

What are the risks of consuming a bad egg?

Mainly the risk of consuming bad eggs is Salmonella infection that might come with:

  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal Cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Fever

It has been stated that the symptoms of eating bad eggs usually appear after 6 to 48 hours and could last for 4 to 7 days. If the symptoms are severe, then you should consult your physician while most people get rid of this infection without taking antibiotics.

What steps to take to reduce the occurrence of Salmonella infection?

Some of the steps that you should follow to reduce the Salmonella infection are described below:

  • You should properly wash your hands or any object that comes in contact with raw eggs
  • Eggs should be kept in the refrigerator
  • Eggs should be discarded after their expiration date
  • Cook eggs thoroughly until both the yolk and white part of the egg get firm
  • Use pasteurized eggs in those dishes where you want slight cooked or raw eggs

It is all about Salmonella bacteria

Salmonella is a species of bacteria that normally resides in the intestinal tract of warm-blooded animals. It is considered completely safe when present in the intestine but as it moves outside into the food products such as meat, eggs, or milk, it becomes harmful to health. 

The consumption of Salmonella might cause serious illnesses such as diarrhea and vomiting that could persist for a few hours to many days. Salmonella is highly harmful- maybe even life-threatening– for those children or adults who have weakened immune systems.

Salmonella can cause contamination in the eggs either externally, by entering through the eggshell, or internally– if the hen already had Salmonella, and the bacteria entered into the egg before the formation of the eggshell.

Salmonella is highly dangerous for human health. So, the only way to reduce the effects of Salmonella is to cook and store the eggs properly.

How to store eggs in the fridge?

If you bought eggs from a place where they were stored in the fridge at a low temperature, then you must try to reach home as soon as possible and store them again in the refrigerator until cooking them. 

In some publications, it is also recommended that you should store them without washing. It is claimed that washing eggs eliminates the natural protection materials of the egg’s shell. 

You should store the eggs properly by placing them in a container. Some people store eggs in the door of the fridge which is not ideal, in some cases, because the temperature of the door might fluctuate from high to low.

Most of the egg packaging is available in markets with a best-by-date label. But you can use the eggs for 4 to 5 weeks after storing them in a constantly cold place.

How to store eggs without refrigeration? 

If you are living in a country where you do not wash the eggs and bring eggs from your vaccinated backyard chicken, then refrigeration is not mandatory. 

If you are storing the eggs in the cupboard then the best option is to use a device that is specifically designed for holding eggs.


In this brief guide, we answered the question, “What do bad eggs taste like?”. We have further elaborated how we can identify the bad eggs, and how we can store eggs.



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.