Long Term Egg Storage Without Refrigeration
I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of long term egg storage. Have you ever wondered how people stored eggs during the pioneer days before refrigeration? This question led me down a rabbit hole that resulted in this guide to storing eggs without refrigeration.
Dehydrating eggs is an easy process and will ensure you have eggs on hand to use in recipes for a long time to come. All you need is a dehydrator or an oven, along with a few basic supplies:
- Eggs (duh)
- Dehydrator trays or cookie sheets lined with parchment paper (or waxed paper)
- Zip lock bags for storage in your pantry. Dehydrated egg can be stored at room temperature for up to a year!
Coating eggs in oil
- First, you’ll want to coat your eggs with oil. This helps prevent air and water from getting inside the shell—which would cause it to crack—and keeps them from drying out. You can pour a little bit of vegetable or olive oil into a small bowl and dip each egg into it before putting it in an airtight container or your fridge.
- Leave them in there for up to 3 weeks before eating; after that, they’re still good but very strong tasting (think: olive oil).
- If you want to store them longer than that, refrigeration won’t work because temperatures below 40 degrees Farenheit can affect their flavor; instead, consider freezing the eggs by keeping them in the same way as above except for one big difference: place them in ice cube trays rather than mini-cans so that they freeze without any liquid trapped inside their shells.*
Salting and drying eggs
You might have heard of salting eggs, or even tried it yourself. But do you know how to properly salt and dry your eggs?
Here are the steps:
- Place your eggs in a pot with enough water to cover them. Add salt and bring to a boil for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely before peeling carefully under running water (to prevent cracking). Soak them in cool water overnight, then pat dry with paper towels (don’t rub), and store at room temperature for up to 6 months!
- When preparing dried hard-boiled eggs, soak them overnight in cold water before cooking; this helps rehydrate the albumin so that it doesn’t stick onto the egg white as much when boiling again later on down the road – this also applies if using canned ones since most people don’t notice any difference between brands anyways.”
It may sound strange to preserve eggs by pickling, but this method is actually the oldest method of food preservation. Pickling has been used for thousands of years as a way to store or prepare foods for long periods without refrigeration.
The process involves soaking the food in vinegar and brine (salt water), then storing it in an airtight container. The salt acts as a preservative and also slows down bacterial growth, which prevents spoilage.
The egg itself contains enough natural acids that it doesn’t need any added acidity from vinegar or lemons; however, some people choose to add other flavors such as garlic or herbs if they want additional flavor enhancers with their preserved eggs.
Freeze dried eggs
- Freeze dried eggs. This is the best option for long term storage because they are most nutritious, least expensive and easiest to store.
- Canned or powdered eggs make a good second choice for long term food storage. They are slightly more expensive than freeze dried eggs but less convenient to use when you need them in your recipes.
Long term egg storage can be achieved with a variety of methods.
Eggs can be stored for up to a year, but if you need them for longer than that, there are some things you can do.
The best way to store eggs long-term is through refrigeration. This will keep them fresh and safe from salmonella contamination. However, if you’re going camping or just don’t have access to refrigeration for any reason, there are still ways you can keep your eggs safe from spoilage:
- In the freezer: Keep them frozen until ready for use! If the outside does get warm during storage or transportation, wrap in foil before returning them to the freezer. This helps prevent condensation build up on their shells which could cause spoilage over time because it makes them more porous under pressure from both heat/cold changes due to temperature differences around them (like being placed near hot equipment) and water vapor produced when condensing moisture freezes back into ice crystals inside an opening made during transportation due as part of normal breathing processes occurring inside our body parts such as lungs or nasal passages after inhalation occurs during daily living activities where oxygen levels are lower than normal due to altitude changes caused by moving away from ground level locations vs being located closer toward Earth’s surface where air pressure is higher than at higher altitudes where we find ourselves traveling toward while moving upward toward outer space beyond what’s considered “normal” human existence conditions down here on Earth.”
Long term egg storage can be achieved with a variety of methods. The best method varies depending on your needs, budget and time constraints. If you have a large supply of fresh eggs that you want to preserve, dehydration is the way to go. It’s also very easy to dehydrate eggs at home without any special equipment. If you only need a small amount of preserved eggs for short term use, keeping them in oil is cheaper than dehydrating them and much easier on your water bill!