The Bad Egg
I have a guilty confession. It’s not as shameful as using garlic powder or anything, but some of you are gonna be pretty pisted..
I let eggs go bad.
Well, I don’t know if that’s totally true. It’s more that sometimes I have them around for awhile and I wonder if they’ve gone bad yet. I realize that people like gansie don’t have this problem, but I just don’t get around to using them as much as some of you. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good runny yolk shot as much as the next blogga, but I’m more of a bagel-and-cream-cheese guy for breakfast, and I just don’t think about incorporating eggs into dinner all that often. So 12 often seems like a lot to me. And those six-packs are always overpriced.
But I’ve wondered on more than one occasion, do eggs go bad? And when? And why? Some cartons have expiration dates on them; others don’t. Some eggs, like the ones I picked up yesterday, actually have the use by date stamped right on the shell, which just freaks me out.
But what exactly does the expiration date mean? What happens to an egg when it goes bad? When milk goes bad, it’s obvious, whether that’s before or after the printed expiration date. But old eggs look and smell the same as new ones. Can I really not use an egg that’s a few days past the expiration point? And if so, what would happen to me? And is there a trick to telling if an egg really has gone bad?
Well this is making me sound like the least knowledgeable food blogger of all time, but whatever, I want to know. Hook me up with some knowledge please.