How to Store Fresh Eggs

Learn how to store fresh eggs. We experimented with various methods of storing fresh eggs, both with no refrigeration and for a long haul in a refrigerator.

| November/December 1977

These tips will help you learn how to store fresh eggs on the homestead.

How To Store Fresh Eggs

If you've ever kept a flock of chickens, you're probably aware of a basic perversity of homestead life: While your family's consumption of eggs tends to remain fairly constant year round . . . your hens' production of the delicious edibles doesn't.

Is there a way to level out this feast-or-famine scheme of things . . . is there a way for you to stash away one month's surplus cackleberries and then eat 'em, say, six or eight months later?

Yep. Several forms of egg storage are supposed to make it possible for you to do just that. As MOTHER's continuing tests have already proven, however, some of those "guaranteed" methods of storage work a whole lot better than others!

According to an old joke, "The best way to keep an egg fresh is to keep it in the chicken." A heck of a bunch of MOTHER readers, though, must find that a little hard to do. Because if we've been asked once since founding this magazine, we've been asked a thousand times, "is there any way I can save one month's surplus eggs ... and then use them six or eight months later?"

Well, for several years, we answered that question by recommending one or another (or several) of the "guaranteed, gen-u-wine egg preservation" methods that we'd run across in old farm magazines, ancient Department of Agriculture pamphlets, and other sources. And, although we usually asked the folks we'd advised to let us know how the ideas worked, we never seemed to hear from them again . . . .

10/27/2017 3:53:41 PM

I write the date I gathered the egg on the egg itself, with a crayon. It is non toxic and works better for me than writing on the carton. I haven't tried storing them for any length of time but my Buff Orps slow down but keep laying all winter here in California

10/27/2017 9:20:32 AM

You can freeze eggs for cooking. Crack 14 or so of them into a bowl, and MIX, then pour into ice cube trays. When frozen, place into bags. They keep for a year and are fine in cooking. (Don't freeze them unmixed - the egg yolks gain a super ball quality!

10/27/2017 8:37:13 AM

It is not practical to take a dozen eggs and store them for several months. Take your home grown, unwashed eggs and place them in a carton. Write the date on the carton and place in a cool place, such as a root cellar or cool basement. Add to your stash and when you need eggs to cook with, go to your storage place and grab the oldest dated carton. this is the perfect way to rotate your supply and none of your eggs will ever be more than a couple of months old. Be sure to wash your eggs before using. Plain water and a soft brush will work perfectly.

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