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"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Determining to become an egg preservation expert - Water Glassing, Freezing and Dehydrating

First, thank you all for all your help with knowledge to freeze eggs for winter.  In the process, I was able to locate a wonderful article (and thank you Debby Flowers for the emails too, very helpful) online that you all may be interested in.

The article is online at Backyard Poultry, and is titled, "Water Glassing Eggs for Long-Term Storage."  It's an excellent read.  At the bottom of the article they also share other methods, such as pickling, freezing and dehydrating and how to use them best.

Water glassing requires your eggs to be completely free of debris, which means maintaining the roosts to keep the eggs clean.  It's not always that simple in winter though.  I purchased a food grade container to do my water glassing, and a lid.  Later I was told if you call your big box store and speak to the deli, they can save you containers they get frosting in, but to be honest I don't know how big those are either.  The container I purchased is 22 qt. and food grade.  It also has handles to move it easily.  I am following the directions of the article on using a "food grade" lime as well.

I knew my ice cube trays would not be large enough to freeze the egg yolks with the whites, so I went on my handy dandy computer and with the help of Amazon, purchased larger ones that come with lids.  On Amazon it said they were BPA free, but when I got them, the label does not say that, so I'm thinking these will be going back and I'll look for different ones.  I can't find anything like this made in the USA.  

If I run out of room, which I don't expect will happen for both water glassing and freezing, I will be trying the dehydrated method.  


Leigh said...

I love these kids of experiments. I've tried both water glassing and liming, and thought both were good storage options. The only negative with water glass is that I can't find it locally. Dehydrating takes the most time and energy, but those dehydrated eggs are great!

Actually, if you'd like some information to compare your research to, my How to Preserve Eggs is free at Amazon - here.

I'll be interested in your results and thoughts on all of these.

mamasmercantile said...

I will be interested to know how you get on. I have pickled eggs which as a huge success using a Amish recipe. I recently put some in the freezer but have yet to use them but I will let you know the result.

walking in beauty carmarthenshire said...

During the 2nd world war, I remember my mother, water glassing(using sodium silicate) the eggs in large stoneware jars. An old method.
Good luck with your preserving.
I ejoy reading your blog, thankyou.
Kathy in Wales uk

Debby Flowers said...

I will be very interested to hear how the water glassing goes!

Kristina said...

Thank you Leigh! That is great news have that information available.

Kristina said...

mamasmercantile, let me know how freezing goes. I may be doing that later if I get space in the freezer.

Kristina said...

Thank you walking in beauty!

Kristina said...

Thanks Debby!