November 10, 2018 at 4:53 pm #3941Lee’s homesteadParticipant
Has anyone used pickles lime and water to preserve eggs? I have done several different forms.
Eggs not washed kept in cardboard containers. I kept them on the floor in our garage. Not very good success rate for 5 months.
Eggs not washed stored in fridge better success rate for 5 months. Still not the amount I had hoped. I will admit I was not the best collector of eggs every day and I had a few the girls who were brooding and would set on them.
I have pickled eggs but all the recipes say keep them refrigerated. Plus you need to like pickled eggs.
Heard about coating in mineral oil but I don’t have containers for that Hubby says 1/2 gallon jars and cover the eggs but that seems like a lot of mineral oil.
I am trying the picking lime with water now. The recipe I found was 1quart of water to 1 ounce by weight of pickling lime. Supposedly you can get it at a hardware store but I don’t want to get the wrong stuff so using pickling lime from the grocery store. I took eggs every day and placed them in the pre-made solution. Not sure how many eggs I have in a gallon bucket.
November 11, 2018 at 9:50 am #4010Natty BumppoParticipant
Yes. We use the lime technique in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUYgguMz1qI
We did several dozen. We kept them for a solid year. If I remember correctly, in the video John read reports up to 2 years.
Our results, 20 to 25% we simply were not comfortable using. If we used them all at 9 months or less, I assure you that 100% we would be good with.
Without any doubt at all, it is the best egg preservation method that we have found.
November 11, 2018 at 9:55 pm #4102OldMt WomanParticipant
If I remember correctly, Mother Earth News did an egg preservation study. Refrigerated eggs scored the best. [ha! Found it]
We have used “waterglass” for decades…and have a cool basement to store the buckets. [sodium silicate….available thru Lehmans – Do NOT ship if it will freeze cuz you will have a colossal, overspilling mess!] Make up a fresh batch in 5 gallon buckets each spring. The eggs will start to be a little watery after 6-8 months but still fine to use. We only store the “clean” eggs so we don’t have to scrub off anything. However please do wash the eggs before using them. That goes for eggs you use fresh from the poultry house too.
We evacuated from wildfire once and quickly put ALL the unwashed, stored eggs into the waterglass buckets. When we returned home weeks later, we washed them all and used them up. We felt there was too much ‘dirt’ in the solution to keep them for months. But with the chance of losing power in summer temperatures, it was worth having to begin a new batch of waterglass after returning….instead of having rotten eggs in a non-functioning fridge.
As with any egg [esp. “home grown”, it’s a really good idea to break them into a separate cup first before adding to recipe or to the frying pan. An unnoticed crack…a sneaky bird who’s managed to hide her eggs…or just an odd growth of guck in a particular egg… Checking helps prevent wasting the whole batch.
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January 8, 2019 at 10:25 pm #7773LittlesisterParticipant
I have heard about using the mineral oil and keeping the eggs in a cool, dark place and they should last about 9 months. But I have not done it as I can’t find a place that sells fresh eggs around here. I do pickle eggs but yes you need to keep those in the fridge.
One way to tell if an egg is bad is to put the raw egg into a pan full of water. If the egg stays on bottom on it’s side it is good. If it stays on bottom but up on end it is still good. If it floats to the top it is no good and you need to throw it out. Hope this helps.
January 9, 2019 at 1:39 am #7783OldMt WomanParticipant
The floating eggs are not necessarily bad….tho they might be. I’d only try it with our own eggs. Not trusting the egg industry but I know how old approximately our eggs are. Some float only due to dehydration thru the porous shell. As I mentioned above, I always break eggs into a separate dish to check. Any doubt then – throw it out. Not worth a chance.
Mineral oil was one of the ways tested in that link to Mother Earth News [above]
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