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Monday, March 4, 2013

Powdering Your Eggs For The Long Haul

Many of us have always or become interested in living off the grid. But I'm always surprised when many believe that Off the Grid means "living the way you currently do without paying utility bills." 

Generally, if you're headed for the mountains, desert, or remote seaside, you are going to change your lifestyle all the way around. And if growing your own food is another part of it, you'll have to figure out how you're going to store it once produced. Remember, you have to have food for the winter as well, not just the growing season.

Are you truly considering raising all the animals required to take the place of what you're currently used to doing? Depending on the amount of acreage you have and how much farming you intend to do, perhaps you'd rather barter with another farmer for what you need and let's start with eggs

Chickens don't produce forever, and some don't produce at all. Some produce seasonally, which means there will be times of the year you're either cooking without eggs or, you've figured out that there is a wonderful way of storing them when times aren't abundant.

Off The Grid News provided this easy way of storing your eggs for future use:

Making Your Own Powdered Eggs
If you’ve got a chicken coop with more than two or three chickens, you’ve probably got more eggs than you know what to do with. Why not turn some of those eggs into powdered eggs for long-term, emergency storage? Here’s how: Wash one dozen fresh eggs. Crack them into a large bowl and whisk them until scrambled. Pour the scrambled eggs onto fruit leather trays and dehydrate them in a food dryer at 145 degrees. Dry them until they are hard and brittle, typically two to three hours. Cool slightly and break the pieces into small chunks. Blend the chunks in a food processor or blender until very smooth. Stir in plastic bags in a cool, dry place or in the refrigerator or freezer.
I’ve read some recipes that require you to cook the eggs in a skillet before drying them to kill any bacteria. Feel free to use this option, if you prefer, but keep in mind that any oil you use in the skillet might go rancid in storage. Dried eggs made with oil must be refrigerated and used more quickly.

Pop over to Off The Grid News and read other options for egg storing and/or purchasing so that if you choose not to have a full chicken coop, you can still have this necessity.

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