How to preserve eggs?
Many people eat eggs regularly and sometimes we find ourselves with a few eggs that have been stored longer than the “best by” date. This is when the question of “how to preserve eggs” becomes relevant.
Sometimes, we have just a few egg yolks or whites left over after cooking a meal and don’t know how long they can be stored. Perhaps we have a few hard-boiled eggs that we left over from dinner. There are many techniques to store eggs in different forms, and this article will hopefully cover the majority of them.
6 Ways To Preserve Eggs
1. Do not wash them.
- Fresh eggs from the chicken coop shouldn’t be washed before you cook them. The bloom is a protective covering that eggs have naturally on their shells.
- The bloom prevents bacteria and oxygen from entering the egg’s interior, which keeps it fresher for longer.
2. Pickle the eggs!
- Pickling eggs preserve eggs for longer periods of time than traditional methods.
- It is easy to pickle eggs. First, boil the eggs until they are hard-boiled. Next, peel the eggs and place them in a container with a pickling solution.
3. Put them in the refrigerator.
- The question of whether eggs should be kept in the fridge or on the counter is a hot topic.
- It’s safe to do either, but eggs that are going to be used for a long time should be stored in the fridge.
4. Freeze them in different forms.
- To preserve eggs for later use, you can freeze them but not while they are still in their shells.
- There are two methods to freeze eggs. First, crack the eggs into a large bowl and then beat them with a fork. Then pour the egg mixture into an ice tray to freeze.
- You can also separate the eggs and place yolks in one bowl while whites are placed in another.
- Mix the yolks and pour them into an ice tray. The whites can be placed in a separate tray and frozen.
- Another option is to first hard boil the eggs and then freeze the yolks. These eggs make a great addition to salads.
5. Dehydrate the eggs.
- Although eggs can be dehydrated for a longer time, it will affect their texture. The easiest and most secure way to dry eggs is using a food dryer, but you can also use an oven.
- Crack the eggs and then mix them in a bowl to dry them. The beaten egg should be placed on a tray or onto a cookie sheet in a thin layer.
- At least 165°F should be the temperature at which they are to be dried.
- After drying the eggs, they can be kept in an airtight container with oxygen absorbers.
6. Use salt!
- Separate the yolks and whites as best you can. Place the eggs in a container with about a quarter-inch of salt at the base.
- Cover the eggs with salt to ensure they are not touching each other.
- After a week, place it in the refrigerator.
- Then remove the salt from the eggs and wrap with cheesecloth.
- Allow them to dry in the fridge or another cool place for a week before they are ready.
How to preserve eggs without refrigeration?
All foods have a shelf-life. There are many ways to prolong the shelf life of food. However, you cannot prevent it from happening. Bacteria will soon eat your food. Refrigeration is a popular household way to prevent food spoilage.
Well, if you do not have the space left to store the eggs in the refrigerator, here is how to preserve eggs without refrigeration.
Eggs In Lime Water – How to preserve eggs in lime water?
- Making a lime/water solution is the first step to preserve eggs in lime water. One ounce of lime powder per quart of water is the ratio.
- Give the jar some shakes and you will get a milky white liquid. While lime juice will tend to settle to the bottom, this is normal. What you are doing here is creating a saturated lime solution.
- Pick eggs that are fresh and clean from clean nesting boxes.
- Place the eggs in a clean container. Next, pour the lime-water solution on top of the eggs. Make sure the eggs are fully submerged before you seal the jar.
- When you are ready to use the eggs simply take them out of the solution and rinse them before cracking.
Eggs In Mineral Oil – How to preserve eggs with mineral oil?
- This simple, quick, and easy method is my favorite way to keep eggs fresher longer in the fridge. However, your fridge space is still limited.
- Most directions suggest mineral oil to preserve eggs without refrigeration.
- Use a little oil to coat a clean, dry egg. Roll it around until the oil is completely incorporated. While you prepare the other eggs for the day, place the egg on a kitchen towel. Don’t put them back in the carton until the oil has dried.
- To remove any excess oil, “polish” your eggs with a clean towel. The oil seals the pores, prevents bacteria and air from entering the shells, and helps keep eggs fresher longer. Keep them in refrigerator-safe cartons.
- These eggs can be kept in the fridge for a good few months. Because I don’t use eggs as much during winter, I always have enough eggs to last us until spring.
Storing Eggs In Different Forms
Here is how to store eggs in different forms like raw, boiled, whites, yolks, etc.
After buying raw eggs, you can keep them in their shells for up to a month (3-6 week on average). Keep them in the refrigerator. It is best to store them in the fridge’s main body and not the egg rack inside the door. Temperature fluctuations can cause eggs to become soft. Keep the eggs in the carton.
- You can keep raw eggs in their shells in a sealed container in the refrigerator for at least 2 to 4 days.
- You can freeze eggs if you need them to be kept for a longer time.
- First, remove the eggs from their shells (never put eggs in their shells) and then pierce the yolks. If you are going to use the eggs in the main course, then add half a teaspoon of salt for each cup.
- You can also add 1 tablespoon of sugar to 1 cup of eggs if you want to bake with them.
- Place the eggs in a freezer bag, or an airtight container with small head space. Once it is frozen, you can store the eggs for up to one year.
- Hardboiled eggs should be kept in the refrigerator, with their shells intact. They will keep for approximately one week.
- Because hard-boiled egg yolks are not stable, it is best to keep whole hard-boiled eggs out of the freezer. However, you can freeze the yolks of hard-boiled eggs if desired.
- Put them in a freezer bag and squeeze out as much air as possible before sealing the bag.
- For best quality, it is recommended that you consume the yolks within two months. The longer they remain frozen, the more bitter they will taste.
Fresh Egg Whites
- They can be stored in the refrigerator for up to four days.
- Sometimes, they may last up to a week.
- Egg whites can be frozen, which can keep them for up to a year.
- It is simple to freeze egg whites. Simply transfer them into a freezer container or bag and leave some headspace.
Fresh Egg Yolks
- Similar to egg whites, fresh yolks should be kept in the refrigerator for at least 2 to 4 days.
- You can freeze them to preserve their quality and keep them fresh for up to a year.
- If you intend to use the egg yolks in main dishes, or for baking, add 1 teaspoon salt to 1 cup.