Preserving Eggs

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Preserving Eggs

Post by Pete_59 » Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:13 pm

I've been randomly searching the web for different ways to preserve various foodstuffs and found this http://www.cooksinfo.com/preserving-eggs which I found quite interesting as I remember my mum talking about using waterglass during WW2.

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Re: Preserving Eggs

Post by shocker » Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:03 pm

Funny old world, my old mum was on about eggs in isinglass only last week. She referred to them as "grim"...
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Re: Preserving Eggs

Post by sethorly » Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:36 pm

I thought coating uncooked eggs in vaseline was the way to do it. Last for years so I hear. Not the sort of thing I'd want to risk in any way though so I wouldn't do this unless I'd researched it thoroughly.
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Re: Preserving Eggs

Post by Brambles » Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:03 pm

I can remember having a bucket of eggs in waterglass in the scullery, just! Our fridge was a negative TARDIS, massive on the outside and tiny inside, so spce was at a premium and we had Chickens, so mum would lay the eggs down in waterglass for the winter. After the first month or two the whites became runnier and runnier and by month 6 there was barely any shall left on the egg it dissolved into the isinglass. The first three months or so they were OK for omlettes, scrambled and cooking, after that your mum was right...grim. They barely made a decent cake.

This might be of interest.

http://www.museumsincornwall.org.uk/Pre ... seum-News/
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Re: Preserving Eggs

Post by shocker » Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:27 pm

Brambles wrote:I can remember having a bucket of eggs in waterglass in the scullery, just! Our fridge was a negative TARDIS, massive on the outside and tiny inside, so spce was at a premium and we had Chickens, so mum would lay the eggs down in waterglass for the winter. After the first month or two the whites became runnier and runnier and by month 6 there was barely any shall left on the egg it dissolved into the isinglass. The first three months or so they were OK for omlettes, scrambled and cooking, after that your mum was right...grim. They barely made a decent cake.

This might be of interest.

http://www.museumsincornwall.org.uk/Pre ... seum-News/
Thanks Bram, I shall tell my mum about this conversation when I speak to her tomorrow, it will cheer her up a treat

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"Our fridge was a negative TARDIS, massive on the outside and tiny inside, so spce was at a premium"

this is classic, I barked with laughter :D ...all the more as there was so little space you had to leave out the "a" ! We should get you on "just a minute" ! ;)
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Re: Preserving Eggs

Post by shocker » Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:39 pm

A slight veer off topic,

Its a US site that tries to sell every you things every 2 minutes but theres some interesting powdered egg info

http://tacticalintelligence.net/blog/ho ... d-eggs.htm
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Re: Preserving Eggs

Post by Brambles » Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:05 pm

International Egg do a decent dried egg. I can happily eat an omelette and scrambled egg made from it. I use it a lot camping and for making ready to go mixes.
Dried egg has come a long way.

http://www.internationalegg.co.uk/bakin ... owder.html
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Re: Preserving Eggs

Post by Deeps » Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:47 pm

Brambles wrote:I can remember having a bucket of eggs in waterglass in the scullery, just! Our fridge was a negative TARDIS, massive on the outside and tiny inside, so spce was at a premium and we had Chickens, so mum would lay the eggs down in waterglass for the winter. After the first month or two the whites became runnier and runnier and by month 6 there was barely any shall left on the egg it dissolved into the isinglass. The first three months or so they were OK for omlettes, scrambled and cooking, after that your mum was right...grim. They barely made a decent cake.

This might be of interest.

http://www.museumsincornwall.org.uk/Pre ... seum-News/
I hope they didn't hurt on the way out. :shock:

I'm quite interested in this thread, I've not tried dehydrating eggs yet due to the reputation of, well, dehydrated eggs but its something I'd be up for, even if it was just scrambled or for omelettes.

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Re: Preserving Eggs

Post by Brambles » Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:43 am

Deeps wrote:
Brambles wrote:I can remember having a bucket of eggs in waterglass in the scullery, just! Our fridge was a negative TARDIS, massive on the outside and tiny inside, so spce was at a premium and we had Chickens, so mum would lay the eggs down in waterglass for the winter. After the first month or two the whites became runnier and runnier and by month 6 there was barely any shall left on the egg it dissolved into the isinglass. The first three months or so they were OK for omlettes, scrambled and cooking, after that your mum was right...grim. They barely made a decent cake.

This might be of interest.

http://www.museumsincornwall.org.uk/Pre ... seum-News/
I hope they didn't hurt on the way out. :shock:

I'm quite interested in this thread, I've not tried dehydrating eggs yet due to the reputation of, well, dehydrated eggs but its something I'd be up for, even if it was just scrambled or for omelettes.
I have a packet open atm, I'll put 1/2 a dozen equivalent in the post for you to try. But honest they taste like egg!

I know people dry eggs in their dehydrator, but I'm a bit leery. It's a step too far in home preserving for me.
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Re: Preserving Eggs

Post by featherstick » Thu Mar 23, 2017 11:48 am

Dried eggs?


It's the poor chickens I feel sorry for.


I do remember reading a long article discussing one smallholder's attempts to preserve eggs. The basic principle is to prevent air getting to the egg, hence isinglass, water etc. The method he finally settled on was varnishing the eggs entirely, letting them dry on a sheet of newspaper, and then storing in a cool, dark place. The newspaper was necessary so that the varnish could penetrate and so leave an unbroken seal.

Hi did recommend cracking them separately into a bowl when using though, as a chance to catch any rotten ones.

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