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 . . . .

3/13/2018 11:01:56 AM

I remember my mother coating the fresh eggs with "keepegg". They were then simply packed gently into a bowl and left in a dark cupboard until the hens stopped laying. We never had spoiled eggs. We all used to engage in this coating and the eggs remained fresh for many months. I don't know where this product can be bought, I've looked and can't find it.

3/6/2018 10:24:54 PM

I have taken fresh fertile eggs and put them in ice-cube trays, covered with plastic wrap and frozen. Once frozen they can be popped out and stored in air tight bags in the freezer. I've done the same with separated yolks from whites, using the ice cube tray. 1 yolk to a cube, 1 white to a cube. That way I have just what I need, either whole eggs or separated eggs. So long as they are in air tight bags (I use a sealer) they seem to last for at least a year without any loss in consistency or flavor.

2/27/2018 7:39:58 AM

I wonder if vacuum-sealing or storing in something inert such as nitrogen would make a difference, in both refrigerated and non-refrigerated eggs?

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