However we throw away over 1million hen’s egg every day in this country! Eggs do have a Best Before date (no need to worry about the Sell By date) but you can easily check if they are still OK to eat – gently place your egg in a jug of cold water. A fresh egg will lie on its side at the bottom of the jug; if it stands on its end, it's less fresh but still ok to eat; if it floats – it’s time to throw it away
Leftover yolks can be made into lemon curd, or added to sauces and custard for an extra rich treat. Whites can be whisked and gently stirred into whipped cream to make it lighter and go further. Or added to an omelette or scrambled eggs to make them lighter and fluffier.
Separated eggs can also be frozen – use an ice-cube tray to freeze individual whites or yolks then store in bags once frozen. The yolks need a little salt or sugar added or they are too thick when thawed.
How about making a Low-calorie Pizza Omelette – when the omelette is almost completely cooked, top with your favourite pizza toppings and finish cooking under a hot grill.
Don’t forget that the egg shells and boxes can also be put to good use. The crushed shells make good compost and deter slugs and snails when scattered round plants. Egg boxes can also be composted or used for planting seedlings. And the water from boiling eggs is full of nutrients and can be used for watering plants.