When determining what foods to store while preparing for the future, it’s critical to hold onto foods that are packed with calories, vitamins, protein, and more. These foods will provide with the most energy, and having energy is essential in any sort of survival or disaster situation. Eggs will forever and always be one of the best food sources for keeping your body moving, but do you know how to store eggs long term?
This is an issue that preppers have dealt with for some time, and while we thought we figured out how to do this before, something always ends up going wrong.
That is, until now.
We’ve spent a lot of time looking into long term egg storage trying to figure out the best way to store fresh eggs, and after quite a lot of trial and error, we’ve determined 3 methods that have proven to be the most effective for doing so.
If you’re tired of storing eggs and ending up having them go bad on you, read on fellow prepper.
Freeze your eggs
This one might seem a bit obvious to some of you reading this, but after running through various trials and tribulations, it came out that freezing eggs is still one of the best methods out there for keeping them fresh and tasty for prolonged periods of time.
There are a variety of different ways in which you can choose to freeze fresh eggs, and the method that we found to work the best is by first breaking them into a bowl and then beating the yolks and whites together so that they’re nicely mixed up and put together.
If you’re short on space in your freezer or just want a more organized way to store everything, we suggest pouring your egg mixture into ice cube trays. This will keep your portions nicely sectioned out, and thanks to the relatively compact size of ice cube trays, you can store quite a lot of eggs without taking up too much freezer space.
One single ice cube tray should work out to around one whole egg, 3 tablespoons of your thawed frozen egg comes out to 1 whole fresh egg, and 2 tablespoons of egg white works out to about 1 whole egg white.
While it may seem like a pain at first to have your eggs sectioned out in such small portions, this actually makes it nice and easy for being able to quickly use it for a meal you’re throwing together that requires a bit of egg here and there.
Storing eggs in a freezer does require a lot of energy to power a freezer, and this is perhaps the biggest downside to this method. The act of freezing eggs is quite easy, but actually acquiring a freezer and the energy necessary to power it is perhaps the most difficult factor.
Buy powdered eggs
If you’re serious about figuring out how to store eggs long term, it’s worth looking into powdered eggs. The idea of powdered eggs may not be all that appealing, but it’s something that we still recommend taking a look into. Do powdered eggs taste identical to what you’d get with fresh eggs? No. However, do they still taste very similar to fresh eggs? You betcha.
Powdered eggs have an incredibly shelf life, and it’s also the best route to go if storage space is at a premium. Powdered eggs can be stored in any sort of airtight container or jar, and this makes holding on to it quite a bit easier than needing a freezer to store and freeze legit fresh eggs.
Reconstituted eggs actually have a very similar taste and texture to what you’d get with real, fresh eggs, and if you’d like, you can also used the whites of these eggs to put make meringue.
Powdered eggs tend to cost a bit less that fresh eggs as well, and this factor will likely play a big role in your decision process if money is of any concern.
Powdered or reconstituted eggs isn’t all that appealing or attractive at first, but we simply ask you to not put this idea out the door without seriously giving it a chance. It isn’t the greatest-looking solution right out of the gate, but with a little faith, it can be a very worthy contender and alternative to fresh eggs that works extremely well in survival situations.
Just like how people pickle cucumbers to make, well, pickles, you can also pickle eggs to make fresh options last quite a bit longer than they would out in the open.
There are a number of pickling recipes that you can choose from, but they essentially all boil down to you getting a container that is sealed or airtight that you can put your eggs into. Glass canning jars are great for doing this, and your eggs will need to be totally covered when they are put into storage for the pickling process.
This is a solid option for storing fresh eggs if you want to save the space that you have available to you, and it could also come in handy if you don’t have access to a freezer for the first option.
As for the taste, this is something that people seem to be rather torn on. There are people out there that absolutely love the taste of pickled eggs, whereas others cannot stand the flavor at all.
We suggest trying out one egg or two at first before pickling a ton of them, but if you end up liking the way that they taste, this is a great method of sticking with fresh eggs and making them last a shockingly long amount of time.
Knowing just how to store eggs long term isn’t the easiest task around, but with those three methods you just read about, hopefully you now have a better idea of how to tackle this thing. Eggs can be one of the trickiest foods to properly store, but these three tips do make that whole process a bit less confusing and stress-inducing. You may need to go through a bit of trial and error at first, but with a little practice, you should be able to master it in no time at all.