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If you have chickens, you are probably swimming in eggs right now. As soon as the days get longer, the hens really accelerate again and do what they can, so that you often no longer know what to do with all those eggs.

So in this article I'm going to show you how to preserve excess eggs with a super simple, almost forgotten ancient method. Then you can still eat your own eggs in winter when the hens are taking their break from laying.

Eggs that you can preserve using this method can be stored for eight months or more without refrigeration. Unbelievable, is not it?

I'm so excited about this method that I've been planning to write an article about it for a very long time. And here it is at last. Have fun! :)

Winter break? That's why there is artificial lighting!

Some of you will probably say by now that your hens do not take a winter break because they have artificial lighting in the barn. If you leave the light on in the barn in the evening, it simulates longer days and the chickens are busy laying eggs even in winter.

This is of course a matter of opinion, but I think that the hens deserve the winter break and don't want to “push” them with additional lighting. And for those of you who do the same, it is so convenient to preserve eggs for the winter in spring. And in this way:

Accessories and ingredients

You need…

  • A bucket or pot with a lid (opaque)
  • Slaked lime
  • water
  • and of course fresh eggs

This is how you make your eggs last longer

If you keep chickens, you probably know it: especially in rainy weather there are often dirty eggs in the laying box - you shouldn't use them to preserve them, but eat them fresh. For preservation, I only use clean eggs that I took from the nest on the same day.

You now simply fill a liter of water into your pot or bucket and stir two tablespoons of slaked lime in it until it has dissolved and the water is milky. Then you layer the eggs tip down in your pot or bucket.

At the beginning you probably have too few eggs to fill the pot so tightly that they don't tip over, but over the next few weeks you will keep adding fresh eggs to the pot so that you can quickly stack them up.

It is important that the tip points down, otherwise the air bubble in the egg could rise and peel off the egg membrane, allowing germs to penetrate the egg's interior. Incidentally, this also applies to eggs that you store fresh: The tip should always point downwards.

The eggs should always be covered with liquid in the pot. If your pot fills up with fresh eggs over the course of the next few weeks, you may have to make up more slaked lime solution, which you then refill.

This is how you store the eggs

Put the lid on and put it in the kitchen cupboard. ;) You don't need refrigeration to keep your eggs using this method. As long as the eggs are protected from light, they will last eight months and longer. I have already eaten 1 ½ year old eggs that were still perfect.

As a small comparison, I have compared an egg that I pickled a year ago with a fresh egg. Both eggs are from the same hen, on the left you can see the preserved egg and on the right the fresh one:

The only difference I could tell is that the egg whites of the preserved egg are more fluid.

If I need eggs in winter, I just take them out of the bucket, give them a quick wash and use them just like fresh eggs.

What is slaked lime anyway?

In simple terms, slaked lime consists of mussel shells or limestone, which are burned and then extinguished, so this is a completely natural product. It is important that you really use slaked lime, not unslaked lime or ground limestone.

Slaked lime is super cheap. A few years ago I bought a little bucket full for a few euros that will probably last for many, many years.

I'm absolutely thrilled with how easy it is to preserve eggs using this method, and how reliably it works. We haven't got a single egg that we've pickled in this way.

Aaaber: It doesn't matter which foods you preserve, always rely on your common sense and your senses. ;)

The whole thing does not work with purchased eggs

You cannot use this method to preserve purchased eggs because they were often washed before being sold. Washing destroys the protective layer that naturally surrounds the egg, so that the eggs can no longer be kept for long.

So only ever use eggs that you know for sure that they have not been washed.

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from Marie

Hi, my name is Marie. Passionate gardener, mother of a six year old son and on the way to a simple and natural life. On my blog everything revolves around the topic of self-sufficiency: from the vegetable garden to animal husbandry or preserving your own harvest. Have fun browsing!