The expired eggs they can, if consumed, cause some gastrointestinal disorders but also cause Salmonella infection with more severe symptoms. When eggs are bought at the supermarket, the expiration date is often indicated on the shell, within which the food should be consumed. If this indication is not present, they can be recognized expired eggs in a homely way, with the so-called grandmother’s remedies. Even if the eggs are no longer edible, don’t throw them away: they can be a good remedy as a fertilizer for plants, or as a nourishing hair mask.
How to recognize expired eggs
• If the egg sinks to the bottom of a bowl with cold water it means that it is fresh.
• If it stays in the middlebetter if consumed after cooking because it is no longer very fresh.
• If it floats on the surface instead it is better not to cook it because it is expired.
Why can this home method be trusted? The explanation is chemical: egg shells are porous and allow the passage of air. If the eggs are fresh they contain very little air, so they will sink to the bottom, while those that are no longer very fresh will fill up with air, until they float.
Egg expiry date: times
On the shell of Eggs bought in store or in supermarkets there is a wording that usually indicates the recommended consumption date. Furthermore, on the packaging, on the label, there are the common words: consume within 21 days of filing or “best before” 28 days after laying. The laying date and the expiry date are always shown on the package and/or on the shell, so you just need to do a quick calculation to understand if the eggs are fresh or not. The risk of consuming expired eggs is that of contracting salmonellosis, a bacterial infection that manifests itself in the gastrointestinal tract.
Eggs not printed on the shell, therefore purchased fresh from the henhouse, last about 15 days from purchase (therefore from laying). The days go up to 21 if kept in the refrigerator. In the summer months the timing is reduced and they should be consumed within a week. In general, an egg can generally be consumed within 28 days of the laying date. To be safe, however, it is better not to exceed three weeks.
How to interpret acronyms and numbers on eggs
How to read the codes on egg shells? Letters and numbers help us in purchasing and consuming.
• “0“: organic farming, i.e. using feed and fodder from organic farming (produced without the use of synthetic chemical fertilizers and plant protection products). Hens raised on the ground and outdoors. Eggs that are closest to those of free-range hens purchased from the producer on the farm.Deposition of straw nests.Manual harvest.
• “1″: outdoor farming. Manual collection
• “2“: rearing on the ground. Manual harvest
• “3“: battery farming, or cage farming, therefore intensive. Harvesting and industrial packaging.
On the outer packaging, you will also find:
- Expiration date,
- name of the company of origin and/or packaging
- quality category
- weight category of eggs
Letters A or B, indicate:
- “A”: fresh eggs, which can also be eaten without washing them.
- “B”: they are not intended for large-scale distribution, they are used pasteurized by processing industries (manufacturers of mayonnaise and confectionery products, pasta factories).
The second two letters indicate the country of production. EN: egg produced in Italy.
The middle three numbers indicate the ISTAT code of the municipality of production.
The penultimate two letters the production province.
The last three letters identify specifically the name of the farm.
DEP indicates the day of egg laying.
Expired eggs: health risks
If the expiry date indicated on the packaging or on the egg shell is exceeded, even if the eggs are stored in the refrigerator, it is advisable not to exceed the number of days: in fact, it is not recommended to eat eggs that have been out of date for three days or more, especially when eaten fresh. The risks, as already specified, are in fact connected to the salmonella, gastrointestinal infection with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal cramps, headache and fever. There likelihood of infection due to Salmonella drops dramatically if expired eggs have been cooked, even slightly.
Can pasteurized eggs be eaten raw?
Salmonellosis: what it is and symptoms
The risk of contracting Salmonella is mainly associated withingestion of contaminated food during storage and handling. Foods of poultry origin, especially eggs and derivatives, and pork are a frequent cause of salmonellosis. It is good to distinguish between food poisoning or food poisoning:
- If the disease is caused directly by the presence of an often high number of microorganisms in a food, it is called food poisoning;
- When it is due to toxins produced by germs in food, however, we speak of intoxication
Salmonellosis is a gastrointestinal infection causing symptoms such as: