How can I use up old eggs?

EggsSometimes our little box of eggs gets lost at the back of the fridge and we forget it’s there until we fancy omelettes for tea and then we find out that they’ve gone out of date. Sigh.

I know eggs are best used as fresh as possible – and it’s not ideal to keep them hanging around for the weeks and weeks until the “use by” date – but how strict is that “use by” date?

And if we can’t use them for culinary purposes, what else can we do with them when they’ve reached the end of their in-date period?

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23 Responses to “How can I use up old eggs?”

  1. Arnaud says:

    Eggs need to be used as fresh as possible only if they are not really cooked (or if there is a pregnant woman around :). Otherwise they’ll stay good very long, much longer than the use by date (which on most products is nonsense anyway).
    If you’re unsure, break them in a separate bowl. If they don’t smell bad (and don’t have feathers ;), they are good to eat.
    Once they are really bad, there is little you can do with them, except bad jokes :)

  2. DJ says:

    Be sure to keep the shells for use in your garden. Full details here.

    • Anonymous says:

      Help!!! Your response wasnthe only one that made some sense to me. Should just the shells be used in the farden (i asume mixed in with the soil before the plant is placed)….or the entire egg?

  3. Yeah, just throw them at people, if you’re feeling mean :-D

  4. Michele says:

    I’ve read that hard-boiled eggs will peel easier if the eggs are older. I always hard-boil mine for lunches, snacks and salads if I’ve still had them for 2 weeks.

  5. dancing girl says:

    My grandma had a chook house and to test the eggs for freshness you can place them in a sink or bowl of cold water. If they float at all chuck them. If the stay on the bottom they are fine to use in cooking.

  6. drew says:

    you can poke a hole in both ends with a needle and drain out the egg, then fill the egg shell with paint using a syringe and use it for modifying billboards and fur coats…

  7. Amanda Kerik says:

    Most of my ideas have already been suggested, but you can blow the liquids out, wash the inner shell, open the bottom a bit, put in small trinkets and then plug the hole with paper.

    Put a tag on it that says “smash me” and hand it to a friend.

  8. Katz says:

    You can make holes in the top and the bottom to get all the liquid out, wash and dry them, then make a little loop from a bit of wire, separate the ends & insert them in the hole from one side (you can later put the ribbon through this hole and hang your craft on a x-mas tree or something else..)You can then paint the eggshell with your favorite designs, and use it to decorate your room or garden. They are good for kids crafts too – you can glue hats to them and other bits made from paper.
    One woman makes real art from them: – if you feeling brave, you can try it too.

  9. Mosaik says:

    You can also make eggshell mosaics!

  10. I kept old eggs someone had left in my fridge. I used one the other night by throwing it on a car honking in my street at midnight…the quiet came back right after that!

    otherwise I use the white to varnish stones to give them a wet look or on wood to give it a honey look. (no smell).

  11. Dodi says:

    Use them when planting your tomato plants. If you put them under the plant the roots break through the shell. Shell gives off calcium and the rotting egg I think nitrogen which the plant needs.

  12. Mimi says:

    I am going to cook up the eggs and feed them back to the animals. too expensive to throw out. I don’t think they’re “rotten”, just maybe not as good for human consumption. But the animals will certainly benefit from what nutrition is left.

    • Sarah says:


      That’s not a good idea.

      Animals (dogs & cats) can get sick on rotten eggs.

      I buy cage free, so cost more than regular eggs.

      But, vet bills are much more costly than the carton of eggs.

      I don’t feed these to my pets, because I love them, and would not want them to get sick or possibly die because I fed them bad eggs.
      The idea for plants is a much better use.

      Good luck which ever you choose.

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  16. Sarah says:

    If the eggs area couple days past the date and you are scred to actually eat them, you can break one open and use the egg white as a facial mask, to help with tightening the skin and shrinking pores.
    Also you can do a hair mask with the entire eggs scrambled!

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