Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Oh, Darn It

     The eggs have (as the carton says) expired -- as of 25 August.  I'm certain we bought them after that, which is a mistake on the part of the store.

     Refrigerated eggs are essentially "fresh" two to three weeks after the "sell-by" or "expiration" date marked on them and should be edible for another couple of weeks after that, though you might not be able to make nice fluffy meringue with them.  But we're on the edge where occasional surprises happen and I'm just not up to rolling those dice this morning, especially atop corned beef hash.

10 comments:

Unknown said...

I'm much more flexible on "sell by" dates than my wife, who is not. August 25? That's a stretch, but I'd probably try floating them.

Anonymous said...

Just break them into a bowl first. if they are good you can slide them onto the hash, if not down the drain. They are unlikely to be bad

pigpen51 said...

I can't believe you didn't mention that it is talk like a pirate day. The one day of the year that, uh, well, somebody must care about it. Not me, I just saw it on some post somewhere else.

fillyjonk said...

Float test? Submerge them in a pan of water (water deeper than the eggs' size). The more they float to the top, the older they are. I won't use eggs that totally float, ones that stand on an end I save for baking.

My mom taught me this trick. I THINK it's pretty solid, I don't know.

I think eggs do keep a lot longer than the expiration date suggests.

John said...

I think you are eggzactly right to be cautious!

Blackwing1 said...

John started it:

"Well, it's certainly nothing to yolk about."

Ruth said...

Float 'em. We usually do hard boiled out of the borderline eggs, but baking works too. Eggs last for a really long time though, as long as reasonable caution has been taken on storing them.

Roberta X said...

Usually, I break suspect eggs into a custard cup, an right on into the pan if they're okay. I wasn't up to it this morning.

Joseph said...

You couldn't renew them?

Rob K said...

We've used eggs with no issues that we gathered from the hen house after a week of not gathering, which were then left for days on the counter. If you're making boiled eggs, older eggs peel better. They truly are not that fragile.