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    Keeping Fresh Eggs Fresh

    Dib's
    Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:19 pm
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    What I found out is that you can preserve eggs using mineral oil. Dip the eggs in food grade mineral oil, let drain off for 2-ish minutes and store in the carton, pointy side down. They say the eggs will keep 8 months up to a year this way. (Oregon State Extension Service)

    Has anyone tried this method?
    OH, let me try that!
    Sun Jun 17, 2012 7:19 pm
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    The obvious answer here is that I saw the Doomsday Prepper episode you did as well.

    I can't say I've used it in practice, but the theory is sound. Fresh eggs have a coating the protects them. In production, the egg is washed, etc, and these natural barriers are removed. What you're doing with a mineral oil bath is basically giving the egg back it's natural protection.

    What I need to do here is put that to the test, and I'm sure most folks feel the same way. Not sure what mineral oil costs (food grade), but eggs are cheap, and experimenting now could lead to knowledge for the future.

    I say this with a caveat, though. I don't think anyone would expect a perfect sunnyside up egg from food storage, but having the real deal rather than a powdered or reconstituted version would lend some comfort to an emergency situation.
    JolyV
    Tue Jul 03, 2012 5:58 pm
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    Another old method is to stack eggs in a crock and add (until submerged) lime water or glass water (liquid sodium silicate). Again, just prevent oxygen from getting in the shell. Eggs can be stored at room temp for 6 months this way.
    Also, if you don’t want a crock and vasoline is not your preference, how about paraffin wax, a solid fat (lard). All are good options.
    Amberngriffinco
    Fri Jul 13, 2012 12:21 am
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    i;m freezing mine
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