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post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
Hey all,
so I have eggs that expired about a month and a couple of days ago.. and.. I wanna boil them. I'm starving and have no car with which to get around and it's cold outside. So!

What's the worst that can happen? My boyfriend swears that eggs never go bad unless they smell, and these don't, so.. hmmmm...

if I end up with food poisoning, I'll let you know! ^_^;
post #2 of 23
Salmonella! Call Domino's instead!
post #3 of 23
Thread Starter 
Shouldn't boiling it though kill that?

"Thorough cooking kills Salmonella." See? from here! http://www.cdc.gov/nczved/dfbmd/dise...osis_gi.html#1
post #4 of 23
I've asked this question of my BIL (he's a chef). He says eggs can last a pretty long time if you're going to cook them and eat them, they just aren't good for baking/cooking unless they're fresh.
post #5 of 23
Thread Starter 
Sweet! One person for, one person against! ^_^;
post #6 of 23
lol, good luck!
post #7 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the vibes! Alright.. going to go mix up some tasty mixture to dip them in.. Hopefully I don't die! Probably won't, though. I have a good immune system.. I'll take some vitamins just in case though.
post #8 of 23
I don't know how true this is, but someone once told me that if you stick the eggs in a pan of water and they float, throw them out!
post #9 of 23
Thread Starter 
Well, they do float if they're older rather than new because air gets in there and, like most things with bubbles, they tend to float.

I had three and they tasted good! ^_^ Hopefully they won't taste bad a second time...
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by Fiery View Post
Hey all,
so I have eggs that expired about a month and a couple of days ago.. and.. I wanna boil them. I'm starving and have no car with which to get around and it's cold outside. So!

What's the worst that can happen? My boyfriend swears that eggs never go bad unless they smell, and these don't, so.. hmmmm...

if I end up with food poisoning, I'll let you know! ^_^;
The date you see on packages isn't an "expiry" date. It's a "best before" date, which is completely different. Just because something has reached or passed the "best before" date, doesn't mean it suddenly becomes inedible.

I called our Health Department and asked about this because the store across the street from me tends to leave things on the shelves for months after the "best before" date. IE: a crunchy cookie may take on a more soft or cake-like texture, but that doesn't make it poisonous to eat. The same with crackers. A box of Saltines will still be edible months down the line, but they may taste a bit stale and not be as crunchy, but you can still eat them.

The Health Department explained to me that the date is simply a guideline to let the consumer know when the product is the freshest. If it's before the date, it's peak freshness. If it's after the date it's still edible but may not be as "fresh" as it would have been before that date.

If your eggs have been in the fridge and not left out on a counter at room temperature, the eggs can be consumed months after the "best before" date. If I buy a dozen eggs, sometimes I don't use the last egg until 3 months after the "best before" date. The egg is still fine. It looks fine, it smells fine and cooks fine.

The same goes with other things like yogurt, butter, oils, vinegar, condiments, milk, packaged goods, yeast, baking powder etc. If it looks ok and smells ok, it is ok.
post #11 of 23
Apparently, you didn't get sick because you are still here so they seem to be ok. I always crack open the egg in a separate bowl to make sure it is ok (mom's advice that has stuck with me) because you don't know if people mix up eggs in the market. That's for mixing/baking...and believe me, if you have a bad egg you will KNOW!

If you were hard boiling them, again...you would know if the egg was bad. Actually, I had one blow up on me while boiling and I'm guessing it was because it was bad (VERY bad! ) I think you're fine.
post #12 of 23
I'm glad this thread got started, because I was actually wondering this exact thing last night. Looks like I'm having eggs this weekend!
post #13 of 23
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
If your eggs have been in the fridge and not left out on a counter at room temperature, the eggs can be consumed months after the "best before" date. If I buy a dozen eggs, sometimes I don't use the last egg until 3 months after the "best before" date. The egg is still fine. It looks fine, it smells fine and cooks fine.

The same goes with other things like yogurt, butter, oils, vinegar, condiments, milk, packaged goods, yeast, baking powder etc. If it looks ok and smells ok, it is ok.
We almost never go through the entire dozen before "the date", but we've been good so far. Boiling them is probably a good step if you're unsure. I have experienced rotten eggs, and believe me, you'd know it.
post #14 of 23
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Originally Posted by KittKatt View Post
I don't know how true this is, but someone once told me that if you stick the eggs in a pan of water and they float, throw them out!
This is true, they do float when they get old.

I will use them a week or so past the date, but after that I usually throw them out. I've had food poisoning before and am very careful about things now.
post #15 of 23
Natalie_ca is right - the date is simply a best before. I get a chuckle out of our daughter - if she sees a best before date of yesterday, she's convinced the product has magically gone bad overnight.

In regard to the eggs, they are probably just fine because as another poster said, if they were bad you would surely know it. The smell of a bad egg is rather horrible.
post #16 of 23
Nat,

I and probably the others appreciate your research on this. Very imformative

Eggs don't last that long in our house....DH is becoming a master at baking our own bread now
post #17 of 23
Thread Starter 
Well, I'm still here! And not sick, although I did have a *REALLY* weird dream last night.. so I'm going to go with the freshness theory. ^_^ Give me another seventy two hours and we'll see if I'm still okay!
post #18 of 23

eekyellow.gifand she never replied... that spookes me out!!!

post #19 of 23
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eekyellow.gifand she never replied... that spookes me out!!!

 

this is a very old thread, so the members who posted in it may or may not still be active.

post #20 of 23

I go by what my mother told me:  If they sink, they're fine. If they stand on end, cook them quick. If they float, toss them.

 

So this thread is saying that even if I have month old eggs in the fridge, I can cook?

 

I've had food poisoning.  Not sure I'd want to risk it.:lol3: 

post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by Misty8723 View Post
 

I go by what my mother told me:  If they sink, they're fine. If they stand on end, cook them quick. If they float, toss them.

 

So this thread is saying that even if I have month old eggs in the fridge, I can cook?

 

I've had food poisoning.  Not sure I'd want to risk it.:lol3: 



I just finished off the last of the eggs that I bought back in March of this year; that's 5 months.  They have been kept in the fridge all that time.  They looked ok, they smelled ok, and they tasted ok.  And I'm still hear to type this message :)

As I said in my earlier post, a "best before" date is simply a guide, and not an indication that something is rotten and can't be eaten.  Use your senses to guide you. 

I have some Ricotta cheese in a container that I bought last year sometime. I haven't even looked at the date, but I know it's long past.  I plan on opening it next week to make lasagna. I'll know then if it's spoiled/mouldy.  But if it looks ok, tastes ok, and smells ok, I'm using it.   I don't believe in wasting good food based on a manufactures date. The owners of these companies make way more money than I do, so maybe they can afford to throw out good unspoiled food based on a date, but I can't, and even I could, I wouldn't.

post #22 of 23

I don't waste the eggs (or food in general), we eat them before that much time goes by.  I don't buy them that often anyway, usually just when DH decides he wants an omelet or something.

post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by Misty8723 View Post
 

I go by what my mother told me:  If they sink, they're fine. If they stand on end, cook them quick. If they float, toss them.

 

So this thread is saying that even if I have month old eggs in the fridge, I can cook?

 

I've had food poisoning.  Not sure I'd want to risk it.:lol3: 

 

that's exactly how i determine if my eggs are still good -- 'if they sink, they're fine...... if they float, toss them'. and i do occasionally get eggs that float -- which i do toss. but bear in mind that i only go grocery shopping once a month, so i buy a little extra eggs so i don't completely run out. lately i've found good ways/ways i like to make eggs that help use them up when i have extra that need using very soon. for example, deviled eggs, a quiche, and egg salad.

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