October 2, 2022

How to Store Fresh Eggs for a Long Time

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of
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Eggs
are
an
exceptional
superfood
and
the
cheapest
source
of
vitamins
in
the
market.
Therefore,
learning
how
to
store
eggs
is
as
essential
as
storing
flour
or
rice
for
long-term
emergency
purposes
or
in
case
of
a
disaster. 

Eggs
are
among
the
most
nutritious
food
items
that
can
get
spoiled
easily
if
not
stored
correctly.
So,
if
you
want
to
know
how
to
store
fresh
eggs
long-term,
please
read
on…


How
Long
Do
Eggs
Last?

In
the
U.S.,
eggs
are
considered
the
most
nutritious
perishable
items
in
the
market.
Therefore,
they
are
always
kept
in
the
fridge
to
keep
them
fresh.
Eggs
can
last
for
a
very
long
time
when
stored
correctly,
so
throwing
them
away
after
they
have
reached
their
expiry
date
may
not
be
a
good
idea.

When
they
are
transported
and
stored
correctly,
eggs
can
last
for
a
couple
of
weeks
in
the
fridge.
They
can
last
even
longer
when
stored
in
the
freezer.
The
FDA
requires
that
the
store
keeps
them
at
a
temperature
of
about
45
degrees
Fahrenheit
from
the
time
they’re
washed
until
they
are
bought.
But
remember
to
store
them
correctly
after
purchasing
them.

The
faster
you
refrigerate
them,
the
longer
they
will
last.
This
can
prevent
condensation
buildup
that
plays
a
vital
role
in
the
movement
of
bacteria
into
the
eggs.
So,
you
should
store
them
in
their
original
carton,
even
when
in
the
refrigerator. 

The
carton
will
protect
the
eggs
from
temperature
fluctuations
and
will
prevent
odor
absorption.
Generally,
eggs
can
last
for
about
five
weeks
after
their
packing
date
in
the
refrigerator
and
over
12
months
in
the
freezer.


How
Can
You
Tell
If
the
Eggs
Are
Still
in
Great
Condition?

If
you
don’t
know
how
long
the
eggs
have
been
in
the
refrigerator,
then
you
shouldn’t
just
assume
that
they
are
spoiled.
Instead
of
throwing
them
away,
you
should
first
confirm
the
expiration
date
normally
printed
on
its
carton.
If
it
has
not
yet
expired,
then
you
have
nothing
to
worry
about.

Alternatively,
you
can
confirm
the
packaging
date.
The
pack
date
is
normally
the
3-digits
on
the
carton
that
correspond
to
the
day
they
were
packaged.
If
they
were
packaged
on
the
first
day
of
January,
it’s
normally
printed
001.
If
the
eggs
are
less
than
a
month
since
they
were
packaged,
they
are
in
excellent
condition.

The
eggs
can
still
be
in
good
condition
for
several
days
even
after
the
expiry
date.
Before
throwing
them
away,
do
a
sniff
test
first.
Before
you
do
this,
check
the
shells
for
slimy
or
powdery
appearance
or
cracks.
If
its
appearance
has
changed,
then
you
should
throw
it
away.
If
it
looks
okay,
you
can
crack
one
open
to
check
for
funny
smells
or
discoloration.

If
it
doesn’t
have
any
discoloration
and
smells
fine,
then
you
can
use
it.
If
it’s
contaminated
with

Salmonella
,
the
egg
may
look
and
smell
normal
but
still
make
you
sick.
So,
you
should
cook
the
eggs
at
a
temperature
of
about
160
degrees
Fahrenheit
to
kill
the
bacteria.


How
to
Store
Fresh
Eggs
Long
Term

These
are
the
best
methods
you
can
use
to
store
eggs
for
a
longer
period
of
time. 


Freeze
Dry
the
Eggs


Freeze
dryers

are
pretty
costly,
but
they
can
be
an
excellent
investment
if
you’re
a
prepper.
A
freeze
dryer
can
store
any
food
for
as
long
as
10
to
25
years;
therefore,
it’s
the
best
solution
for
long-term
storage. 

Every
food
that
has
been
stored
in
a
freeze
dryer
can
retain
over
97%
of
its
nutrients
while
maintaining
its
color
and
flavor.
A
freeze
dryer
allows
anyone
to
prepare
for
an
unexpected
disaster
that
can
lead
to
a
long-term
emergency. 


Water
Glassing
Eggs

If
you
don’t
like
the
modern
methods
of
storing
eggs,
like
using
a
freeze
dryer,
you
can
try
water
glassing
them.
Water
glassing
is
an
ancient
method
for
preserving
eggs
to
keep
them
fresh
for
about
18
months.
But
the
longer
they
stay
in
the
solution,
the
runnier
the
yolk
and
whites
will
be.

The
best
water
for
storing
eggs
should
not
be
rich
in
minerals,
and
they
should
also
be
fluoride-
and
chlorine-free.
You
can
go
for
either
natural
spring
water
or
distilled
water
for
your
eggs
to
last
even
longer. 

If
the
water
in
your
town
has
fluoride,
boil
it
first
and
then
let
it
cool
before
adding
the
eggs.
For
this
process,
you
should
do
the
following:

  • Add
    5-ounces
    of
    lime
    to
    5-quarts
    of
    water
    in
    a
    3-gallon
    bucket
    and
    leave
    more
    than
    enough
    room
    for
    the
    eggs.
    Make
    sure
    you
    add
    an
    equal
    ratio
    of
    lime
    to
    water
    to
    your
    bucket.
    If
    you’re
    using
    a
    smaller
    bucket,
    you
    can
    try
    2-ounces
    of
    lime
    to
    2-quarts
    of
    water.
  • Mix
    the
    water
    and
    lime
    until
    the
    lime
    dissolves
    completely.
  • Next,
    add
    some
    unwashed
    eggs
    to
    the
    solution,
    making
    sure
    that
    the
    pointy
    side
    is
    facing
    upwards.
    This
    will
    ensure
    that
    the
    air
    sac
    remains
    on
    the
    upper
    side
    of
    the
    eggs.
  • Cover
    the
    bucket
    with
    a
    lid
    to
    prevent
    evaporating
    and
    store
    it
    in
    a
    cool
    dark
    place.
    But,
    make
    sure
    you
    wash
    the
    eggs
    as
    soon
    as
    you
    remove
    them
    from
    the
    bucket.


Dehydrating
Eggs

Another
reliable
method
that’s
been
used
for
years
is
dehydration.
Dehydrating
eggs
is
relatively
easy,
but
you
need
an
efficient
dehydrator. 


Egg
powder

can
come
in
handy
when
making
baked
goods,
omelets,
and
scrambled
eggs.
To
dehydrate
the
eggs,
you
should
do
the
following:

  • Using
    a
    whisk,
    you
    can
    whisk
    all
    the
    eggs
    you
    plan
    to
    store
    until
    the
    whites
    and
    the
    yolk
    blend
    thoroughly.
  • Line
    your
    dehydrators
    with
    a
    fruit
    leather
    sheet
    or
    parchment
    paper.
  • Pour
    the
    scrambled
    eggs
    on
    the
    dehydrating
    trays
    and
    then
    set
    the
    dehydrating
    temperature
    and
    drying
    time.
    The
    entire
    process
    of
    dehydrating
    the
    eggs
    can
    take
    a
    maximum
    of
    18
    hours
    to
    dry.
  • After
    it
    has
    dried,
    you
    can
    place
    the
    eggs
    in
    a
    NutriBullet,
    food
    processor,
    or
    blender
    and
    grind
    it.
  • Finally,
    you
    can
    store
    the
    egg
    powder
    in
    glass
    mason
    jars,
    but
    don’t
    forget
    to
    add
    an
    oxygen
    absorber.
    To
    preserve
    its
    freshness,
    you
    can
    vacuum
    seal
    your
    mason
    jars.

To
reconstitute
your
eggs,
you
can
mix
two
tablespoons
with
six
tablespoons
of
water.
But
you
don’t
have
to
always
mix
it
with
water.
You
can
add
it
directly
to
your
mixing
bowl
together
with
all
your
other
ingredients.


Freezing
Fresh
Eggs

The
easiest
method
for
preserving
eggs
is
by
freezing
them.
You
need
a
freezer
container
and
some
huge
silicone
ice-cube
trays
for
this
method. 

You
can
also
use
a
freezer-safe
Ziploc
bag,
but
vacuum-sealing
them
is
way
more
effective.
Vacuum-sealing
eggs
can
help
prevent
freezer
burns.
Before
placing
the
eggs
in
the
fridge,
you
should
do
the
following:

  • Since
    most
    recipes
    require
    you
    to
    use
    only
    two
    eggs,
    you
    can
    place
    at
    least
    two
    eggs
    in
    each
    section
    of
    the
    tray.
  • Start
    by
    scrambling
    two
    eggs
    at
    a
    time
    using
    a
    hand
    whisk.
  • Pour
    the
    lightly
    scrambled
    eggs
    into
    the
    tray
    and
    continue
    until
    your
    tray
    is
    full.
  • Next,
    cover
    your
    tray
    using
    parchment
    paper,
    aluminum
    foil,
    or
    plastic
    wrap.
  • Place
    the
    eggs
    in
    the
    freezer,
    and
    once
    they
    are
    frozen,
    you
    can
    remove
    the
    eggs
    from
    the
    tray
    and
    package
    them
    correctly.
  • Simply
    place
    the
    frozen
    eggs
    in
    the
    Ziploc
    bags
    and
    put
    them
    in
    the
    fridge.
    When
    you
    are
    ready
    to
    use
    the
    eggs,
    you
    can
    defrost
    them
    by
    placing
    them
    in
    a
    bowl
    of
    water
    at
    room
    temperature.

Also,
find
out

how
you
can
store
rice

long-term
and
check
out
our
tips
for

storing
sugar
for
a
long
time


FAQs


How
long
will
an
unwashed
egg
last
in
the
fridge?

Storing
unwashed
eggs
in
the
fridge
can
increase
its
shelf
life.
Storing
the
unwashed
eggs
in
the
fridge
can
increase
their
shelf
life
by
up
to
3
months.
Remember,
washed
eggs
tend
to
lose
quality
and
moisture
sooner,
but
they
are
still
safe
to
eat.


How
long
will
an
unwashed
egg
remain
fresh
on
the
counter?

If
you
leave
your
unwashed
eggs
with
the
bloom
intact
on
the
counter,
you
should
expect
them
to
last
for
two
weeks.
So
if
you’re
not
planning
to
use
them
any
time
soon,
we
recommend
that
you
store
them
in
the
fridge.


Takeaway

An
egg
is
one
of
the
most
affordable
nutritious
foods
in
the
market
that
features
in
most
recipes.
If
you
keep
chickens
in
your
backyard,
you
need
to
learn
how
to
fresh
eggs
long-term.
After
all,
you
can
only
safely
consume
three
eggs
per
day.
Luckily,
there
are
ways
you
can
store
this
perishable
food
for
up
to
18
months
and
enjoy
it
in
case
of
a
disaster.

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