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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After all, it is very difficult to tell if eggs are out of date or not.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 September 28, 2020

    The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

    The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

    At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

    Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

    One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

    When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

    So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

    Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

    This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

    Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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    When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

    Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

    One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

    Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

    An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

    When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

    Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

    Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

    We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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    By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

    Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

    While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

    I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

    You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

    Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

    When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

    Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

    Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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    Con #2: Less Human Interaction

    One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

    Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

    Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

    This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

    While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

    Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

    Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

    This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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    For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

    Con #4: Unique Distractions

    Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

    For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

    To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

    Final Thoughts

    Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

    We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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