Eggs-piration date? (When do eggs expire?)

@vera5d (4006)
United States
March 15, 2008 8:03am CST
I have always heard conflicting things about how long eggs are good for. I usually buy them from the store and so the carton will have a "good by" date on it...I would believe you have to eat the eggs before now or they will taste weird and make you sick? My mom swears that eggs don't have a real expiration date - you can keep them for weeks after that date on the box. Then I wondered what if you cook the eggs on the "good by" date - I've read up to 1 week but from my restaurant experience they ingrained into us that things were good for 1-2 days and I'm already squeamish about leftovers as it is... So what's the eggs-piration date? When does an egg really go bad? Or is there no real way to tell? What happens if you eat a bad egg? How would you know you had one?
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4 responses
@gantwick (849)
• United States
16 Mar 08
If a baby chick pops out, I'd say that the egg is probably too old.
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
17 Mar 08
lol, good answer...though i'd be really freaked out by that!
@vanities (11410)
• Davao, Philippines
16 Mar 08
i guess it must be stored in the fridge so that the expiration will be prolonged...i guess one to two weeks...you can detect that if its a bad egg if there is a smell on it after braking it..and a discoloration on the appearance..
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
17 Mar 08
I think I have been lucky and not had one so far!
@ebberts (786)
• United States
15 Mar 08
I've been told to test for an eggs freshness to put it in a glass of water if it floats it's no good throw it out.
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
15 Mar 08
this is what someone else suggested. i will try it! thanks for your response!
@Galena (9120)
15 Mar 08
they're often fine well past the best before date. trick with an egg is to fill a glass with water and drop the egg in. if it's fresh, it will sink to the bottom. if it's not quite fresh but still fine, then it will sort of balance on an edge. if it floats, don't go there. this is because the membrane peels away from the shell as it goes off.you may notice a small air sac on the edge of the shell in a hard boiled egg. the worse the egg is, the more the inner shrinks away from the shell, leaving a larger air bubble, which is why it starts to float.
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
15 Mar 08
wow, that is great to know! I will use that test from now on!