A lot of the Egg Substitutes out there are good for baking, but what about when you have the urge to stick them between your toes, or feel the need to egg someone’s house? The egg substitutes just aren’t the same (believe me, I’ve tried :) So if you want to make sure you are never without eggs, don’t worry, you can preserve eggs with mineral oil!
Preserve Eggs with Mineral Oil:
1- Get Your Supplies:
- EGGS – You want clean eggs, and the fresher the better!
- MINERAL OIL – Usually found in the drugstore next to Pepto Bismal.
- GLOVES – You want to be careful not to get this stuff on you!
- Mineral oil can cause Estrogen issues in women so be extra cautious.
2- Oil Eggs
- Warm 1/8 cup oil in the microwave for about 10 seconds.
- This much will be able to do about 2 dozen eggs.
- Dry eggs and carton.
- Put your gloves on!
- Rub a little oil in your hands and then grab an egg.
- Coat entire egg with oil, doesn’t matter how thick or thin.
- Make sure not to leave any exposed areas, cover completely with the oil!
(The egg, not you!)
3- Place Egg in Dry Carton!
- Once the egg is all lathered in oil, make sure to place it in the egg carton SMALL END DOWN! Not sure why, just do it!
- Short-Term Storage (up to 3 months): Store at regular temperature.
- Long-Term Storage (about 6-9 months): Store them in a cool, dark area – Ideally between 65-68 degrees & 75% humidity
- Extra-Long Storage (9-12 months): Store in Fridge
5- Flip Weekly or Monthly!
- Once a Week, Month, or whenever you remember make sure to flip the entire egg carton GENTLY upside down to help maintain the egg yolk.
How do I know if the eggs go BAD?
- Use your nose! You will pass out!
- Play the Sink or Float game!
- Sink = GOOD
- Float = BAD
Does the idea of putting eggs on your counter or leaving them in the fridge for nearly a year still freak you out? Chances are, you are American Made, and anything that is not refrigerated is unfathomable! When my husband lived in Guatemala for a couple of years, fridges were out of the question, and everything from butter, cheese & yes, even eggs, were left on the counter. The refrigerator is great, but we often forget that life used to exist without it!
When a chicken lays an egg it has a protective layer on it called the bloom that helps keep the oxygen from penetrating the shell. If you have backyard chickens that lay eggs you can skip putting mineral oil on since they already have the protective layer they need. By putting mineral oil on your eggs, it’s like reapplying the bloom layer, so the fresher the eggs the better! Because of regulations and making sure no one gets sue happy, companies wash the protective layering off since it has some germs, and they mark eggs with a shelf-life that is MUCH shorter than necessary.
Ok, enough of the pretending to be smart talk!
- WASH – Make sure you wash off the mineral oil or bloom before eating them! It’s a good idea to crack the egg in a separate bowl too, and then transfer them to whatever you’re making.
- COOK THEM – For you raw-egg junkies, these are not ideal to practice being an Iron Man with :)
- GREAT FOR – Eggs Over Easy, Poached Eggs, Deviled Eggs, & Much More…
- About the only thing you can’t do with these bad boys is whip them up into stiff egg whites.
- As they age, the colors may be a little off, but as long as they smell good and sink they should be just fine!
Besides the benefits I mentioned earlier, here are some other great reasons you should know how to preserve your own eggs:
- SALES – When eggs go on sale you can score big!
- SPACE – Sometimes you just need some extra fridge space, and by kicking the eggs to the counter it will free some up!
- EMERGENCIES – If you’re power goes out, you don’t have to worry about turning Vegan!
- THE FUN NEVER ENDS! – When you have 40 year olds that need to be entertained, you’re always ready for a competitive Egg Rolling Contest!