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Photo: Mamuka Gotsiridze (Shutterstock) Eggs are one of those versatile foods that are great to keep in the fridge for last-minute meals, but part of being a refrigerator staple is that sometimes we can forget about that carton we bought a few weeks ago. No one like a rotten egg, so how can you tell if it’s still OK to eat? Here’s a simple trick that will let you know if you can go ahead with that omelet, or whether you should scrounge for something else in your kitchen. Check the various dates on the carton First things first: check the expiration date on the egg carton. That will at least give you a general idea of when you bought the eggs (if you can’t remember) and when they’re projected to go bad. And like many foods, the expiration may tell you more about when the eggs will taste the best, versus when they might make you sick. For example, the FDA says that eggs should be stored in their original carton and used within 3 weeks “for best quality.” Note that they don’t mention anything about food safety—just quality. In his book How to Cook Everything , Mark Bittman says that eggs can be good for up to four to five weeks beyond their pack date. And no, the pack date isn’t the same as the expiration date, which usually says something like “sell by” or “best by.” According to Food52, the pack date is a three-digit number—ranging […]