Eight years into raising ducks and chickens and I am done buying eggs from the grocery store during winter. It's such a ridiculous and unsustainable thing to do, I'm embarrassed to even admit to doing it. I would just go without, but the holiday baking! (last 4 years I've frozen eggs but I'd like to get away from that) My husband adores his daily eggs and I love them too but how silly to refuse to use artificial lighting myself and then accept some stranger doing it and PAYING them to do so as I continue to buy feed and care for my flock all winter, letting my gals rest but not the poor factory hens ( I buy cage free organic, but still..). We have a decent sized flock; 23 hens and 6 ducks currently (which fluctuates of course) and I've been selling excess in the spring, then buying eggs in winter. Crazy I know!
When we first got birds, the gal I got the ducks from told me she had tried waterglassing the eggs and "it doesn't work". Why oh why did that one comment stick with me all these years and I just accepted that storing eggs doesn't work. Wouldn't I consider that maybe she had done something wrong? Anyhoo, I'm fed up enough about the egg situation to try preserving and see what happens. I read up about using hydrated lime, watched some videos where they show the process and then 8 months later, the grand positive results (it's on YouTube, so must be true, ha).
I started a couple of months ago (and boy, are my regular customers kinda disgruntled about me not selling. People are weird.) and have quite the stash.
Anyone else doing this? The lime looks to have settled to the bottom, I'm hoping the liquid still has enough lime in it to preserve? What's your experience?
I agree! I hate that I bought summer squash yesterday because I got mine in too late - shame shame, haha! I've no experience but saw the homesteading family video and am just now getting my egg volume up enough to try it. So I'll compare notes with you as we progress :) There is no way I have the patience to wait 8 months to taste the results so I think I'm going to layer the eggs with the oldest always on top so I can sample one each week as they age. Maybe put the first two dozen in a mesh bag and slide new ones under it and rob samples from the bag.
Aug. 12, 2018: Well I'm just now starting to save eggs. It took me a while to acquire the lime and I only have 5 layers right now, one went broody and the other is getting old, and I use 3-6 every day for myself, so pickin's have been slim. I'll start taste testing in a month :)
I'm suspicious of lime at building supply stores - who knows how it's processed or additives for strength, whatever. So I spent the extra bucks on Mrs. Wages pickling lime (Amazon) since my volume is small anyway.
The recipe I'm following is 1 oz. Lime (dry weight) per 1 quart filtered water. Storing in a glass jug in a dark pantry in the house.
UPDATE NOV 4, 2018: First taste test at about 12 weeks - looks, smells, and tastes exactly like fresh - excellent!
Do you have a root cellar, basement, or other cool location? We haven't formally tested / tracked it, but our (fresh, unwashed) chicken eggs keep for months in our root cellar when it's cold. We build up a supply in the fall, and they get us through winter without going bad. Mother Earth News did some tests on keeping chicken eggs that you might find quite interesting: