Egg storage

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  • bigjohn

    Active Member
    Jun 29, 2007
    Anybody have some actual experience with preserving eggs? How well did it work? How long did they last?


    Active Member
    Jan 15, 2009
    I have heard of you do not refrigerate an egg it will last months, once refrigerated they must remain so or they will spoil.

    Old wives tale.... Maybe maybe not



    Active Member
    Feb 12, 2008
    Hanover, PA
    Mentioned in the chicken thread. If you don't wash them and keep them in your basement, cool and dry, then they should last months.

    Aside from that you can dehydrate them. I don't have any experience with this but read articles saying such. Beat, add salt then dehydrate. Aside from texture they are probably going to taste the same.


    NRA Life Member
    MDS Supporter
    Jan 17, 2013
    Carroll County
    You can pickle eggs (and just about anything else). Not sure if you like pickled eggs (I don’t), but that’s one option.


    Grumpy Old Man
    Jun 22, 2012
    Link to the thread

    Preserving your chickens’ eggs all winter​



    Active Member
    Jan 26, 2013
    Frederick County
    For context. A store bought egg on Easter Day can be from a chicken that laid it Christmas Day and meet USDA guidelines for freshness.

    If you keep them in a cool dry space unwashed, they are good for a month at least. Probably two.

    When eggs are washed it removes the layer that keeps bacteria out. Once you wash them they have to be refrigerated.
    I have heard of you do not refrigerate an egg it will last months, once refrigerated they must remain so or they will spoil.

    Old wives tale.... Maybe maybe not

    I'm not sure about that but I do know that the United States is one of the only countries in the world that sells eggs in the refrigerator section of the grocery store. If you go to most European countries eggs are sold warm in the store and usually kept in the kitchen in a basket on the counter or dining room table.
    Isn't there an Asian culture that buries 'em for years?
    Filipinos have balut which is a fertilized egg close to hatching that is buried in the sand sometimes or steamed and then there's the 100-year-old egg that's Chinese that's not actually 100 years old. Just a couple of weeks and they're treated it with sodium hydroxide. Honestly I've never had the stomach for trying either because they both look and smell disgusting


    Active Member
    Jul 2, 2010
    Whiteford, MD
    We glassed eggs, stored fresh in a jar with quick lime. Put them up in October and had them a week ago. Stored in a cool basement. Only thing I noticed was the yolks seemed to break easier than fresh eggs. Used them for scrambled anyway.


    Active Member
    Apr 28, 2010
    Calvert, MD
    Normal eggs, not that yuck that Mule is mentionined, normal eggs are one of my favorite foods. Sunny side up, hard boiled, soft boiled, pickled, raw, and if push comes to shove even scrambled are all acceptable.

    Right out of the chicken and still a little dirty, the egg can last over a month at room temperature. Do not wash it!

    I want chickens here but don't have any interest in being the only one taking care of them. I have enough to take care of already and I'm the only one in the house that really eats eggs.

    There are some methods that can preserve eggs for a long time. Lye or lime and a 5-gallon bucket come to mind. Do your google research on that.


    Undecided on a great many things
    Mar 7, 2013
    Washington Co. - Fairplay
    1: don't wash them, there's a coating on the shell that once removed shortens storage life.
    2: Google Water Glass & eggs.
    What he said with Water glassing will work with the eggs fresh from the chicken. Store bought eggs would need to be pickled for extended length as they are washed. Also, eat the dirty eggs and waterglass the clean ones, if you do it.

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