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One Easy Trick You Can Tell Whether The Egg Is Still Fresh (Without Breaking It!)

One Easy Trick You Can Tell Whether The Egg Is Still Fresh (Without Breaking It!)

You’re looking forward to cooking a meal with eggs. You made sure that all of the ingredients were in the house, but just as you are about to start cooking you start wondering if the eggs are still fresh.

After all, it is very difficult to tell if eggs are out of date or not. Eggs do some with a sell by date like most foods, but it is often arbitrary as it is very hard to predict when eggs will go off (unless, of course, you are a professional chef!)

This is because eggs don’t really change color or start to smell when they first go off, so they look totally normal to the unsuspecting eye. However, as soon as you crack a gone off egg you will know due to the horrible smell – and then you have a bowl of stinky, messy egg to clean up!

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If you can relate to this don’t worry. It may be hard to know how to tell if an egg is good, but there is one fool proof way to check.

How To Tell If An Egg Is Good?

If you want to find out if an egg is fresh you should try the floating test to find out either way. Here’s what you need to do;

Step 1: Fill a big bowl with cold water, and make sure that the water is high enough for an egg to float in it.

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Step 2: Gently put the first egg on the surface of the water. If the egg sinks to the bottom you can still eat it as it is fresh, but if it floats it has gone off and you should throw it away.

Step 3: Make sure to test all of the eggs that you want to use, as some eggs may have gone off and some may still be fresh.

    If the egg sinks that means it’s still good, if it flows, it means you should throw it away.

    What is the science behind this test?

    This test is an effective way to test eggs as fresh eggs will always sink as there is no air inside the shell. However stale eggs do have air inside them as the liquid in the egg evaporates as time goes by, so the eggs float when they are in water.

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    If you test an egg and it sinks but it smells strange you should avoid eating it. The egg may be fine, but it isn’t worth the chance of you falling ill.

    How Long Are Eggs Good For?

    The FDA say that eggs tend to go off around four to five weeks after they were packaged, but this can fluctuate depending on where they are stored and the temperature. The use by date is a useful indicator, but it can be inaccurate so you can do the floating test to find out for sure if your eggs are fresh.

    If you store your eggs in the refrigerator they should last longer than if you stored them in the cupboard as the temperature is lower.

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    How to Store Eggs If You Bought From The Store?

    Purchased eggs need to be stored in a different way to eggs from your own chickens. For instance, purchased eggs should be left in their original container as it is specifically designed to keep the eggs fresh. It will also stop the eggs from absorbing scents and flavors from your fridge. If you keep your eggs in their original container in the fridge it is very likely that they will last past their sell by date.

    How to Store Eggs If You Get Them Directly From Your Chickens?

    If you collect eggs from your own chickens you should stop washing the eggs before you store them, as eggs have a natural coating that helps protect them from bacteria. If you wash this layer off the egg will be exposed and it will go off quicker. Simply put the eggs in a container and store them in the middle section of your fridge, rather than the side, as the middle is more temperature regulated.

    What About Freezing Eggs? Is That Good?

    You can also preserve your eggs for a long time by freezing them, but this method is slightly complex. This is because you can’t freeze eggs in their shells, but you can crack the eggs into a bowl to freeze, or you can beat them and then freeze them. You can also use an ice cube tray to freeze each egg individually!

    You can also hard boil eggs and then freeze them, but the whites may become tough and chewy over time.

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    Last Updated on December 9, 2019

    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

    Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

    Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

    Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

    1. Get Rationally Optimistic

    Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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    This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

    In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

    The result: no more mental stress.

    2. Unplug

    Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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    How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

    It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

    Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

    3. Easy on the Caffeine

    Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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    Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

    4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

    That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

    How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

    • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
    • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
    • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

    While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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    5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

    This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

    The result: mental stress will be gone!

    So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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