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how to preserve eggs

Karen Crane

Joined: May 03, 2011
Posts: 144
I read somewhere that you can preserve eggs with out any refrigerator if you coat them with oil.
True?? If so, what kind of oil, and how long will they keep without refrigerator?
Elisabeth Tea

Joined: Sep 08, 2012
Posts: 53
Egg shells are permeable. I personally would not coat them with oil. However, there is evidence that eggs coated with lard do stay fresh.

Here is a fantastic study of storing eggs. They omit my favorite method of dehydration. http://www.motherearthnews.com/Sustainable-Farming/1977-11-01/Fresh-Eggs.aspx
Karen Crane

Joined: May 03, 2011
Posts: 144
Thanks for sending that article. Does give a lot of good information.
After reading it, I am not impressed with much of the test results
and wil not be counting on saving eggs for any big emergency!
Elisabeth Tea

Joined: Sep 08, 2012
Posts: 53
As I said, it doesn't include dehydration. Dehydration does not preserve whole eggs, but it's still a do-able process. http://www.tacticalintelligence.net/blog/how-to-make-powdered-eggs.htm
Dan Cruickshank

Joined: Aug 18, 2012
Posts: 59
Location: Virginia
What about pickling them?

And the LORD God took the man, and put him in the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. - Gen 2:15
Elisabeth Tea

Joined: Sep 08, 2012
Posts: 53
Lacto-fermented, pickled eggs do last a long time, but they require refrigeration. I have no experienced with canned, pickled eggs.
Kathy Burns-Millyard

Joined: Feb 17, 2012
Posts: 75
Location: Arizona low desert
I coat mine with lard and store them in the pantry. They last 5-6 months in cardboard egg cartons.

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Judith Browning

Joined: Jun 21, 2012
Posts: 2026
Location: Arkansas Ozarks zone 7 stoney acidic sandy loam
Kathy Burns-Millyard wrote:I coat mine with lard and store them in the pantry. They last 5-6 months in cardboard egg cartons.

I like this idea...and wondered how thick a coating of lard and what temperature is your pantry? Everyone here sells unwashed farm eggs because they say they keep longer...do you wash them before the lard? store bought lard or home rendered? thanks.
I have old egg preservation recipes using a 'water glass' (sodium silicate) mixture poured over the eggs in a crock..but I never liked the idea of it. It does say not to wash the eggs.

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Kathy Burns-Millyard

Joined: Feb 17, 2012
Posts: 75
Location: Arizona low desert
Fresh eggs from a chicken have a natural protective coating on them so yes if you do not wash them you can store them for months. I dont have acces to fresh so I coat mine because store bought eggs are washed. I use cheap store bought lard.

When I first started trying it a couple of years ago I avoided hot summer months. My house isn't temperature controlled so it stays within 10-20 degrees of outside (it's an old camper trailer). This past summer I decided to test eggs in the pantry during 100 degree weather. They still keep fine with just the coating but the yolk goes runny after about 3 months. Some days we were around 100 inside and the pantry was warm.

To be on the safe side I always do a float test before using the egg. Floating = spoiled. I also crack the egg into a cup to inspect it visually before adding it to a recipe.

Thickness of coating is difficult to describe. Not globbed on but not as thin as possible. In my area if it is too thin it can evaporate over time because our air is so dry.
David Hartley

Joined: Mar 23, 2012
Posts: 258
If the bloom is not washed off, eggs can be kept for 4+ months in 40~65degF...

Find a retired refridgerator and place where in complete shade from summer sun... If your winters are well below freezing and your summers scorching, then keep the fridge in a shaded or well insulated building...

Cycle all your eggs through the dead fridge. If you have gauged your flock of chickens to your needs, you should be slowly building your reserve throughout the chickens' laying season.

I've heard pickled eggs keep for a long long time, but haven't tried it yet... Might try using some of my aged kombucha for such an experiment
wayne stephen

Joined: Mar 11, 2012
Posts: 1166
Location: Western Kentucky-Climate Unpredictable Zone 6b
We have our flock sized so that during peak laying months we have surplus and enough for ourselves over winter. I love pickled eggs - especially Korean style - lots of garlic. Wonderful flavor and some delightful anti-social after-effects.

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Terry Hadford

Joined: Dec 19, 2012
Posts: 4
My grandmother told me that eggs were stored in Isinglas for preservation. Isinglas was a gelatin like substance extracted from the airbladder (or some part) of the sturgeon. The whole fresh eggs were put in a crock or bucket in a layer and the Isinglas was dissolved and poured over them to cover, then allowed to thicken. Layers were added as eggs became available. They kept for some months in this way. I've never tried to source it, (don't know if the spelling is correct).
Terry Hadford

Joined: Dec 19, 2012
Posts: 4
This got me looking for Isinglass (correct spelling). It was used in candy and confections before the advent of cheaper gelatin. Maybe gelatin could be used in the same way to reduce moisture loss from eggs in the shell and preserve without refrigeration?
Wojtek Kaczmarek

Joined: Jan 11, 2013
Posts: 6
Coat the eggs with wax - natural bee's wax is the best choice. It prevents evaporation and closes all the pores on the egg shell. The eggs should be edible for at least one year if stored properly - temp +5 to +10 celcius.
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