You may end up tossing out perfectly good eggs if you throw them away once they’ve passed the “sell by” date. Here’s an interesting thing to share. In some states, egg packagers need to list “sell-by” dates while others only need to stamp expiration dates. So . . .
If the egg carton has surpassed the “sell by” date by more than two weeks here’s a quick test you’ll able to do to find out how fresh the egg is.
Fill a large bowl with cold water. Next, gently place the egg in the bowl. If the egg sinks to the bottom of the bowl and ends up resting on its side, it’s a very fresh egg. If the egg sinks to the bottom of the bowl, sits upright and bobs, it’s still fresh but a bit older. If the egg floats, it isn’t fresh.
Use Your Sense of Smell
Do the “sniff” test to determine if the eggs are still fresh (duh). Eggs that aren’t fresh produce a strong, nasty smell. That said, eggs don’t smell so even a slight smell likely means the egg is no longer safe to eat. Another obvious sign of a bad egg (hee hee) is finding mold inside when you crack it open.