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Dehydrating eggs and backyard chickens

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posted on Jun, 6 2013 @ 06:46 PM
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As backyard chickens are becoming popular and people are having more eggs than needed, has anyone had experience with dehydrating eggs? I've watched some videos and it seems easy enough. In one video, they put the powdered eggs in small paper bags (lunch bag size cut in half) wrote the date and "eggs" on the paper bag , then vacuum sealed that. Now you'll have something that should store for years instead of a few months as with the mineral oil and water glass methods.

The FDA frowns on dehydrating raw eggs as there is chance of trapping bacteria in it. A safer way is to cook the eggs as scrambled eggs and dehydrate those. People like to use raw eggs because they retain their baking and other culinary qualities where the dehydrated scrambled eggs will loose some of those. They should taste the same.

Here is what I learned. Scramble the eggs and cook. Place scrambled eggs on fruit leather sheets in dehydrator. Once dehydrated, the eggs will still be "clumpy". These clumps are where moisture still might he hiding and be a breeding ground for bacteria. Grind these clumpy dehydrated eggs in a coffee grinder or small food processor until you have a grainy powder. Run this powder through the dehydrator a second time, but only a shorter time is needed. This should eliminate the moisture and bacteria issues. Save some for your neighbors who havent yet woke up.




posted on Jun, 6 2013 @ 06:50 PM
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That's a cool process for dehydrating eggs, I've never thought of that.

Now where's the process to dehydrate the chickens?


J/K

We have chickens here and love the fresh eggs in the summer and spring but between the subzero temps and only 6 hrs of daylight they really slow down on their laying in the winter. I'm gonna have to give this a try so we can have eggs in the winter without going to the grocery store.



posted on Jun, 6 2013 @ 07:35 PM
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Also besure to research using Mineral Oil or Water Glass to store eggs with out refrigeration for about 9 months.
Water Glass is a concrete sealer you can buy in 5 gal buckets at HD. It has instructions for eggs right on the bucket!



posted on Jun, 6 2013 @ 07:39 PM
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Thanks, Ill check that out. I'm always interested in finding new ways to preserve foods for our winter supply, maybe that will be a good way to store our eggs.



posted on Jun, 6 2013 @ 07:49 PM
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The amazing thing about freeze dried eggs is that when cooked they taste almost, let me repeat almost, as good as the fresh ones do. I eat a lot of them while backpacking up in the high country. Mountain House brand is the best. I just wish they could figure out a way to freeze dry a fried egg. LMAO! a little habenaro sauce and A-1 sauce on top, Man that's good. ~$heopleNation



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