How to tell if eggs are bad
Here are a few ways to tell if an egg is bad:
- Check the date: If they are close to or past their expiration date, they may be bad. Always check the date before using eggs.
- Look at the shell: If the shell is cracked, slimy or has any discoloration, it may be a sign that the egg is bad.
- Smell the egg: If the egg smells bad or rotten, it may be spoiled. Fresh eggs should have a neutral odor.
- Do the water test: Fill a bowl with water and place the egg in it. If the egg sinks to the bottom and lays flat, it’s fresh. If it stands upright or floats to the top, it may be bad.
- Check the yolk and whites: If the yolk is flat and the egg white is runny, it may be bad. A fresh egg should have a round yolk and a firm egg white.
If you suspect an egg is bad, it’s best to discard it to avoid the risk of foodborne illness.
How to boil eggs
Here’s a step-by-step guide:
- Start by placing the eggs in a saucepan. Make sure they are not stacked on top of each other and are in a single layer.
- Add enough water to the saucepan to cover them by at least an inch.
- Place the saucepan on the stove over high heat and bring the water to a rolling boil.
- Once the water comes to a boil, turn off the heat and cover the saucepan with a lid.
- Let the eggs sit in the hot water for the desired amount of time, depending on how you like your eggs cooked:
- Soft boiled: 3-4 minutes
- Medium boiled: 6-7 minutes
- Hard boiled: 10-12 minutes
- After the desired time, carefully remove the eggs from the hot water with a slotted spoon and place them in a bowl of ice water. Let the eggs cool for a few minutes in the ice water.
- Peel the eggs under running water, starting from the wider end.
That’s it! Now you have perfectly boiled eggs.