Dehydrating Eggs

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The last post I wrote on freezing eggs was a big hit. I hope you get as much use out this post on dehydrating eggs.

I have a confession to make. This is the most easy thing you will ever do. Ever. I promise.

You only need three things to make it work. Eggs, a nonstick skillet and your dehydrator.

This is one of the very few reasons I own a nonstick pan. If you don’t have one borrow one. This is why – we are not going to add any oil or butter to the pan to scramble the eggs. Add oils and fats will drastically lower the shelf life of the end product. Meaning the eggs will go rancid quick. Eggs have a lot of natural oils in them. The yolk is really rich and if your chickens get a diet of fresh food and forage the yolks will be even richer.

I have a nine tray excalibur so I planned to do 9 dozen eggs – one dozen for each tray. It makes for fast work to crack a dozen at a time then to use the blender with a quick pulse to beat the eggs.

I could have never gotten as fine a mix by hand.

Pour into the heated pan and scramble.

Try to make the nuggets of eggs smallish. They dry quicker than big hunks of egg.

Use a paper towel and wipe out the pan after each batch of eggs.

You’ll find a rhythm and the perfect heat setting for your pan as you work. I was able to add the eggs to the pan, move over to the sink and crack 6 or 8 eggs before the eggs needed a stir then finished up another dozen in the blender almost in time for the ones in the pan to finish up.

Before long you have worked through all of your eggs and theres nothing left but the shells. Take these shells and put them on a cookie tray. Bake them off for a about 15 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Crush them and offer them back to your chickens as a calcium source. Recycling! If you don’t have chickens you can compost them. Don’t dare throw them away. That is a waste of a good resource! If you know someone with chickens give them the crushed shells. They will thank you for even the store bought egg shells.

Spread each layer across the entire tray and load them one by one into your dehydrator. I set the temperature to 145 for these eggs.

After 12 hours or so this is how they look. They are as dry as rocks. Look how dark they are! If you start with a dark yolk your eggs will be even darker when they dry.

This is a 4 quart mixing bowl. The eggs did loose a lot of moisture but there is still a great deal of bulk to them. You will also see the oils in the eggs once they are dry. I was really surprised how oily these were. Goes to show you better diets for your layers produce much better eggs.

Into the food processor and let them go a fairly long time. It will initially sound and feel like you are smashing rock in there but they will begin to break down. When you think they are finished think again. They will probably look like graham cracker crumbs instead of powdery egg. Let them go a bit and they will break down smaller but they won’t be as fine as what you what might buy packed commercially.

As each batch finished I poured them into my half gallon canning jar. At first your jar will fill up quick but tamp it down by gently bumping it up and down on the counter. The eggs will settle and you can fill the jar all the way to the top.

Apply a lid and vacuum seal it. These will be fine on my shelf for several months. If I don’t use them all and they are still passing the nose test I can always pop them in the freeze for an indefinite amount of time.

This morning when Colby was leaving for work she came into the kitchen as asked why a jar of graham crackers were out. She wondered what I was baking today. So – don’t forget to label your jar. LOL

Have a great weekend, Everyone!

Update

No one is reading through the replies so I am going to post this here instead of answering all the emails and repeating myself in the comments.

You can use them for anything you want. Reconstitute 1 tbsp to 2 tbsp water for recipes for 1 egg. You can use a larger portion and reconstitute for scrambled eggs – yes, cook them again, or to make omelettes. What you do with them is up to you and your cooking preferences. If you have an overload of eggs this one way to safely store them without needing refrigeration.

Many people do not live in a manner where they buy groceries weekly and keep no food stores. A very large population practices home food storage for emergency preparedness and the ability to help others in times of hardship.

If you feel you need to store provisions for your family for times of need or crisis please know I understand and hope to share some of my knowledge with you. For those who don’t want to store food shelf stable then don’t bother with it. Don’t send me emails asking why someone would want to store an egg when they can buy them at the grocery store fresh. This is an alternate source for storage.

For myself, I have many types of fowl. Sometimes eggs are plentiful. Other times they are not. I like to use the times of plenty to prepare for the times we will be without. This is one way to do so without requiring freezer space. I did any earlier post in the summer about freezing eggs. If you want to freeze them by all means please freeze them.

I hope this helps. See you all next week.

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182 Responses to “Dehydrating Eggs”

  • Heather says:

    Regarding sealing. Can I seal in the oven or do I need to get a food saver with the jar attachment. I have a food saver that my MIL gave me but I’ve yet to try it out. ( if it’s anything like my first pressure cooker it will take a few years and immense amounts of bravery.)
    I know how to heat seal in the oven and I’m an avid canner. I so want to try this out for my disaster storage.
    Side story… Had a great experience this summer proving that “prepping” is important. My husband and I BOTH lost our jobs at the beginning of the summer. I thank God for my stash as we surely would have gone hungry. Now that things are better I’m working on re stocking my stash and making it even better. Powdered eggs will be my first step to an awesome stash.

  • Patricia McDougald says:

    On the use of a vacuum sealer and powder. Put your powdered eggs in a paper bag cut down to size, fold it over once or twice and the end of the bag. Put a small piece of tape on it to hold it closed. Put the paper bag into the vacuum sealer bag, turn on the sealer and let it do its job. I have never had a problem with the powder getting out into the vacuum line. I use this on flour, corn meal, etc. It might save buying a jar sealer but then again it is always handy to have a jar sealer too.

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  • Teresa says:

    Thank you for sharing. Wish I had chickens again so I could use this.

  • Jen Wright says:

    I’m amazed by this! I always thought egg drying would need some complicated lab with expensive equipment! I’m not going to give away eggs during a glut ever again!

  • Deena says:

    I love this! I have been trying to find a way to store eggs this is perfect! Thank you so much for your time and effort.

  • Nick Portentoso says:

    Followed your instructions. Have a jar of powdered eggs. I tried making some scrambled eggs
    Didn’t turn out well. Finished scrambled eggs were grainy. When reconstituting how long do you allow them to sit with water prior to cooking.

    Thanks

    Nick

  • marcia says:

    Im still learning, please tell me how you vacuum seal a jar. Thanks

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  • Maria says:

    How do you use your dehydrated eggs?

  • Brian Ciesielski says:

    thanks for your great posts! I’ll tell you why I dehydrate eggs: my friends hike into the Grand Canyon for a week, and don’t carry a refrigerator! I prepare the eggs (and many other foods) for my friends, so they can survive the hike! I am sure MANY hikers would find this post (and others!) VERY interesting, as I have! Keep drying on!

  • patricia bill8ngs says:

    Thanks so much on the information on dehydrated eggs . I’v been looking for awhile how to do this….

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