Updated: Jan 18, 2022
My second 5 gallon bucket of liming fresh eggs for winter storage is full! I may do one more while they are still laying.
This is for you chicken mamas out there! How to preserve UNWASHED eggs for months! there is always the season you have a surplus and a season of famine. This will help you keep a supply.
This is a very old technique used for generations before, without refridgeration. Up to 2 years fully preserved have been reported, I have done this for about 4 years and it always gets me thru the winter.
To do it add 1 oz BY WEIGHT of hydrated or pickling lime to 1 quart of good water. Stir to mix in and add eggs always keeping covered in the solution. Store in dark “cool” place. To use: grab them out and rinse well, then use as you would eggs.
How do I know if they are bad?... if one should go bad it will float. What i have also found is that if they crack in the bucket it almost “cooks” them. So even though they are broke they dont smell or become a big mess like you would think! Its a lot like a broken hard boiled egg.
What I have noticed as they sit is that they dont change except the yolk after about 6 months will not be as firm. There is no difference in taste or consistancy to a fresh egg though. I just plan on using for scrambled eggs or baking.