I like eggs for breakfast, especially “over easy” eggs. Dehydrated eggs are great for scrambled eggs but I have not found a dehydrated egg product that can make eggs over easy. So when I saw that Doomsday Preppers episode with Kellene Bishop explaining you can indeed preserve whole eggs, I knew I had to investigate further.
I checked online and found her site and the Safely Preserving Eggs post. All you really need are fresh eggs and mineral oil, so I went and bought them. Mineral oil is found in the first aid section of a pharmacy or even the grocery store, next to stomach remedies. I did some more checking and found the article Preserving Eggs for the Long Term that included some caveats about preserving only eggs laid within 24 hours. Unfortunately I do not have access to egg laying hens, so I had to settle for what I can find in the city.
Here are the steps that I took:
- I found out that you can check an egg’s freshness by dropping it in a jar of water. If it sinks, then it is fresh. If it floats then it is no longer fresh. So I tested the egg prior to oiling it.
2. I dried the egg and put on some gloves.
3. I poured about a quarter size amount of mineral oil into my palm and rubbed it all over the egg, and repeated the process on six eggs.
That’s it! I am leaving the eggs on the counter and I will check them weekly. I will turn the container over once a week to ensure the coating stays even. I am not sure how they will turn out. It is starting to get humid and warm around here. With air-conditioning, the temperature in the kitchen is around 75-78 degrees. I will test the eggs for freshness in two weeks. In the meantime I will do some more research on other ways to preserve eggs such as pickling etc.
I will definitely keep you posted!
Update after two months: So far the eggs are still fresh. No unpleasant odors or changes; I tested one and it sinks to the bottom of the cup of water so it is still good.
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